Regulation and political processes
From the end of the 1990s and up until 2012, there were plans to locate the Viking ship collections and the museum’s other collections together in one large new cultural history museum in Bjørvika in the central part of eastern Oslo. These plans were shelved after an international expert commission concluded in May 2012 that it would not be possible to move the ships and collections to Bjørvika without risking unacceptable damage. A new approach was adopted.
The external quality assurers are engaged in the final stage of their work on the QA2 analysis.
The Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Finance called for a QA2 analysis to be carried out on the feasibility studies.
Feasibility studies for the new building were submitted.
The draft project for the new building was submitted.
The “Naust” proposal submitted by the Danish firm of architects, AART, was announced as the winner of the architectural competition. Their proposal involved moving the ships to a new building, which would be a direct extension of the existing Viking Ship Museum, and using the latter for public functions.
Statsbygg was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to start planning the realisation of the new museum complex. The first item on the agenda was to hold an international architectural competition and initiate a draft project.
Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen announced that plans would be initiated to build an extended Viking Age Museum on Bygdøy. The current Viking Ship Museum was to become an integral part of the new complex.
The museum is aiming for the new complex to be open to the public during the period 2024–2025.