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. Using our world travel planner, Oslo attractions like The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • We visited it in low season (end of January) and many areas were closed or under repair, so not we explore it all. It is interesting to see the reconstructions of houses of different periods and Norwegian zones, but can become repetitive.
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  • To do urgently. A return to the past in several steps. It should really go. To see how the locals lived.
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  • Such a cool, interesting and diverse outdoor museum. This is a must see in Oslo, although it might take you a few hours. Walking through building and life that marks different times spanning over hund...  more »
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  • Brilliant a fabulous selection of houses going back many years. There are cool gardens and some nice touches like pharmacies and banks. The stave church is stunning to see. It is all a short walk from the Viking and Kontiki museum. It is worth also looking out the knitting/weaving section - although this is primarily a store it has some excellent waving looms and a nice exhibition on the wall outside showing things like tatting and fork weaving etc. A really good cafe is by the entrance and normal Oslo prices!
  • A fantastic museum that walks you though the ages. With exception of the stave church the paths can be navigated without much effort. You can ask the staff to allow the wheelchair to use the external gate to get the church.
  • Real Norwegian architectural pieces have been gathered here. Representing various parts and eras of the country. This is a place where you can spend an entire day, there is so much to see and do. During the summer actors reside in the buildings an act as people from the period the house was built. You can also partake in activities with them, or simply enjoy the scenery and cultural-historical authentic exhibits. There is plenty to do for both children and adults, perfect for a family day out.
  • Lovely place to wander around. I would have been willing to spend more time there but my husband wasn't as into it. Be forewarned that they ferry ride there leads to a longish and uphill walk. If I went there again, I'd probably take the bus there and the ferry back (downhill wasn't as bad!)
  • Interesting. Spend some time here! A lot of small details and a lot to see. Missed a bit more information on the different sites. Also the area of the open air museum is quite large so i would like it to be more "interesting" places to sit down and in the same time get more information about the different sites.

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