The new museum
Leading Viking Age museum
We aim to make the new museum of the Viking Age the world’s leading museum of the Viking era. It will be a new type of research museum where visitors can immerse themselves in the Viking Age or enjoy an outstanding aesthetic experience, or do both. The museum will surprise and challenge visitors with new knowledge, new perspectives and new discoveries. A meeting with the Viking`s remarkable contribution to our global heritage will be an experience of a lifetime.
The project will ensure that future generations will have access to knowledge about our cultural history.
- The museum’s collections will be preserved in a professional and responsible manner.
- The new museum of the Viking Age aims to be a world-leading museum and research institution that will be nationally and internationally recognised for its production of new knowledge about the Viking Age.
- New experiences will be created in order to attract more visitors and more return visits.
- The museum is being built to facilitate efficient museum management.
Meeting place, learning and research
The new museum will cover about 13,000 m2, including 5,000 m2 of exhibition space. The Viking Age Museum will be a living museum with exhibitions that are regularly updated presenting the Viking Age in a way that arouses curiosity and encourages exploration. The entire complex will be well-equipped with various services designed to cater for a wide variety of individual visitors and groups, including shops, a restaurant, event facilities and a museum park as an integral part of the museum experience.
A joint project
The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the state building agency, Statsbygg, to plan and build the new museum complex. AART architects are responsible for the design. The UiO (University of Oslo) will be responsible for ensuring that the construction project will comply with the project objectives, and it will have operational and administrative responsibility for the building after completion. The Museum of Cultural History will be responsible for visitor attractions, exhibitions, research and promotion. Museum staff involved in conservation and collection management will collaborate with Statsbygg under a separate project designed to ensure the safe handling of the ships and artefacts during the construction process and the move to the new building.
The new museum of the Viking Age will be a magnet for visitors thanks to its unique exhibits, exciting experiences and Professional integrity as a research museum. The three main groups of visitors will comprise individuals, tourist groups and school groups, with a high percentage of visitors coming from outside Norway.