Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo

Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo (must see)

The Kon-Tiki Museum is located on Bygdøy peninsula, close to several other museums and cultural attractions. It opened in 1949 and moved to its current location in 1957. The museum charts the history of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl. Heyerdahl, born in 1914, carried out a number of Pacific Ocean expeditions in the 1940s and 1950s. His most famous trip to the South Pacific gives the museum its name.

Heyerdahl had a keen interest in the history of the Pacific Islands and firmly believed that South American indigenous tribes had colonized places like Easter Island long before Europeans arrived there. He proved it was possible to sail across the Pacific on a primitive balsa wood raft – the Kon-Tiki, named after an Incan sun god. The raft today forms the centerpiece of the museum’s collection. Other highlights include an exhibition on deep-sea creatures, including the full skeleton of a whale shark, and an extensive library on Norwegian exploration.

Why You Should Visit:
It is pretty unexpected and nice learning about something so far from Norway, but at the same time relevant to it.
The displays are interactive and well-organized and give a really good sense of the motivations and dangers behind the trip.

Tip:
Make sure you visit at midday for the daily screening of the Kon-Tiki film, which gives a better picture of what Heyerdahl and his crew achieved and definitely enhances the rest of the exhibition.
Note that there is no food available in this museum – just a coffee/tea station.

Opening Hours:
Daily (Nov-Feb): 10am–4pm; (Mar-May): 10am–5pm; (Jun–Aug): 9:30am–6pm;
(Sep-Oct): 10am–5pm
Closed: Dec 24, 25, 31; Jan 1; May 17
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Kon-Tiki Museum on Map

Sight Name: Kon-Tiki Museum
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour  

Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

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Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Hanshaugen Religious Walk

Learn more about the religious life of Oslo by taking this walking tour of the city’s most important sacred sights. An interesting variety of design, including Protestant and Catholic churches, can be found in Oslo Hanshaugen borough.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen is the oldest quarter of Oslo. It is located in the very heart of the Sentrum borough and offers plenty of tourist spots to visit. Take this tour to explore the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Gamle Raadhus, Film Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Sentrum Walk

Sentrum Walk

Sentrum, meaning city-center, is located on the southeast side of the city near the inner Oslofjord. The district is dominated by high buildings and valuable tourist attractions. Take this tour to visit Ibsen Museum, as well as Stortinget, National Theater, University of Oslo, National Gallery, Oslo Cathedral and many others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum Center, Bygdøy is where some of the most visited museums are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. You can also visit Bygdøy’s beautiful parks, forests or the wonderful beach located on the west side.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

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