Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo (must see)

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is an example of a 'skansen', a large open-air museum formed of historical buildings laid out to create a village. Skansens are a Scandinavian invention that have become popular around the world – many major European cities, including Cardiff and Stockholm, have these attractions. Oslo’s skansen is located on Bygdøy, a peninsula southwest of Oslo which houses a number of museums, including the Viking Ship and Kon-Tiki museums.

The museum was established in 1894 by Hans Aall. It currently contains over 150 buildings, drawn from all over Norway. Significant buildings housed within the site include the Gol Stave Church, the 14th-century Rauland Cabin, and an 18th century Oslo tenement building. The skansen also houses a collection of buildings and artifacts relating to the Sami, the native people of Lapland, an area covering the far north of Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

Why You Should Visit:
To get a keen insight into Norwegian life across hundreds of years.

Tip:
Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours to give this skansen/museum justice.
It is worth taking the free guided tours (about 1h) for the interesting info about the buildings and cultural history.

Opening Hours:
Daily: (May 13 - Sep 14) 10am-6pm; (Sep 15 - May 14) Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm; Sat, Sun: 11am-4pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oslo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Historical Churches Walking Tour

Historical Churches Walking Tour

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

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Old Oslo Walking Tour

Old Oslo Walking Tour

The Old Town of Oslo is the oldest urban area within the current capital. This part of the capital of Norway was simply called Oslo until 1925 while the city as a whole was called Kristiania. Oslo's old town was established with the urban structure around the year 1000 and was the capital of Norway's dominion in 1314. The main Old Town area has several ruins of stone and brick lying...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Museum District (Bygdoy) Walking Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum District, Bygdoy is where some of the most visited museums in the city are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. Being one of the world’s most northerly nations, Norway has a long history of venturing into the Arctic; Norwegians were also the first to reach the South Pole. On this self-guided walk you will have a chance to learn about the...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles
Grunerlokka Walking Tour

Grunerlokka Walking Tour

Formerly a working-class area, Grunerlokka is now one of Oslo’s hippest neighborhoods, largely owing its status to the late 20th century gentrification process. The district is named after Friedrich Gruner (1628-1674) who served as the chief administrator of Oslo (then Christiania). Today, it represents a fusion of Norwegian and foreign cultures. Other than the local street art, stylish bars,...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Oslo Introduction Walking Tour

Oslo Introduction Walking Tour

Oslo is the capital of Norway. The name "Oslo" means the field below the hill or the field of the Gods. The city's ancient roots can be traced as far back as the year 1000. Back then, the area was known as Viken. By 1300, it had a population of about 3,000 residents. Around that time, King Haakon V ordered the construction of the Akershus Fortress which today is a major city...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles

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