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 Map

Sight Name: Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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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Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

Frogner is an Oslo borough, located in the West End part of the Norwegian capital, renowned for its exceptional residential and retail facilities. The area is named after Frogner Manor, the site of which is now occupied by the eponymous Frogner Park. Centrally located, this is one of the priciest districts in Oslo, abounding in parks, marinas and pretty architecture. Take this tour to explore the most interesting sites of the borough, including Frogner Church, Oslo City Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 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
Kvadraturen Walk

Kvadraturen Walk

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

Norway's capital, Oslo, is a magnificent city where you will find an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Be sure to explore its lovely streets and wonderful museums that are considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as original restaurants and cafes located in the Pipervika Bay.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 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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