The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo

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Learn about daily life in Norway through the artifacts and 150 houses relocated from different regions at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. Founded in 1894, this is the country's oldest and largest folk museum. Walk among the houses that have been set up as a village, and view displays depicting culture and lifestyle from 1500 to the present day. Be sure to see the Viking-style Gol Stave Church that dates back to 1200, one of the five medieval buildings in the museum. Inside, check out the permanent exhibitions on folk art, folk costumes, Sami culture, toys, and contemporary history. Grab a map on your way in, and if you are short on time, let the items labeled "must sees" guide you. To buy some traditional Norwegian crafts, stop in the gift shop on your way out. Be sure to wear proper footwear, as some walking is involved. Put The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History at the forefront of your travel plans using our Oslo trip itinerary planner.
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  • We went here in February. It was lightly snowing some times during the day and there was snow on the ground, somewhat scary moving around and climbing to the Stave Church but it was worth it. I love t...  more »
  • We went here after the Fram museum - a good combination if you want to do a museum day. The museum looks at life in Norway through the ages and consists of lots of dwellings in an outdoor area. The ap...  more »
  • Excellent Museum in the open air with a beautiful park. Many traditional houses to visit over several periods, for some it is even possible to visit inside. Plan to walk outside a lot. Educational and fun at the same time. To do!
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  • Good place to spend a day exploring. Fantastic buildings to look in and good English explanations of what life used to be like in that time period. Also has a really nice scenery, it's a good place to go if you want to see something other than the city but not travel too far from it.
  • Second visit to this wonderful museum. The whole of Bygdoy is a collection of excellent museums. This is a large open air museum showing many aspects of Norwegian culure over many centuries by bringing various houses and settlements from across the country onto one site. There are simple farmsteads, shops, industrial processes, even a stave church. The whole thing is easy to walk round and best appreciated in good weather. If it rains, go to the equally magnificent and better known Viking Ship Museum just across the way. Try and do both ideally.
  • We spent seven hours here and didn't manage to see everything we wanted to see. Filling actual Norwegian historical buildings with guides in traditional costumes is a great show case. Our visit was definitely helped by the sunshine.
  • This was fantastic and worth a visit. Surprised at what they have built there. They have moved many building from around Norway into one place. Lots of building and history to see. Very well designed and worth the price.
  • Go here when the ewather is nice. Shows how norwegians lived once. The museum is an actual 'town' you walk atround. In the summer time there is at lot of activities areound the premesis.