Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Ship Museum, Oslo (must see)

The Viking Ship Museum houses finds from the Viking age across Scandinavia. Vikings ruled the region from the 8th to 11th centuries and invaded several nations, including England and Iceland. They made it across the Atlantic to Newfoundland, and many believe they were the first Europeans to reach what is now the USA. Renowned for their fearsome nature, in recent times the Vikings have become more widely appreciated for their artistry and engineering skills.

The museum demonstrates this through an extensive collection of Viking artifacts, including beds, a horse cart, tents and sleds. Vikings are perhaps best remembered for their gargantuan ships, and a fully preserved Viking longboat, known as the Oseberg ship, is the collection's centerpiece. The museum was founded in 1913 to house this and other discovered ships. It is constructed of several large halls built between 1926 and 1957 as the museum expanded.

Why You Should Visit:
The best place to see real Viking ships in a great conservation state and other pieces of Viking history.
The building is a wonderful setting for the ships. Pretty cheap entrance ticket as well.
Outside café and pleasant sitting out area, weather permitting.

Tip:
There's a locker you can use for free where you can put your bags, since they only allow small purses.
Your ticket also covers free entry to the Museum of Cultural History nearby within 48 hours.

Operation Hours:
Daily: (May-Sep) 9am-6pm; (Oct-Apr) 10am-4pm
Closed: 1 January, 6 February, 13 February
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Viking Ship Museum on Map

Sight Name: Viking Ship Museum
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway (See walking tours in Oslo)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 Km or 2.5 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles

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