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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Sight Name: Kon-Tiki Museum
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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