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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  • August 17, 2017
    Really must visit place if you like bit of history. You can visit the actual houses people lived in 18th and 19th century in Scandinavia region. Also enjoy the local Flat Bread baked fresh in front of...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Pretty fun museum, you can not only watch anywhere within. And if that can is super basic. Not the way we serve the Zuiderzee museum of Arnhem, but fun to sail and look around on a sunny day.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This outside museum gives the visitor a guided tour of what life was like in Norway over the years. The restored houses dating back to medieval times and the amazing stave church from circa 1200 are w...  more »
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  • June 25, 2017
    Had a great time there! Many buildings are accessible, and there are usually museum workers (dressed in national outfits) that can explain everything. The old wooden church is definitely worth a visit there. Nice that you can get a map with recommended points of visit, otherwise it is difficult to judge. Might take several hours to look at everything.
  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    Thoroughly enjoyed the outdoor exhibition with actual homes of the Norwegian people back in time. Didn't care too much for the church because there were simply too many people trying to take pictures with it. The staffs who dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing were tremendously knowledgeable about the culture and the history. All you had to do was to ask away. The indoor exhibitions were rather disappointing as the route was confusing and there's a strong mildew smell in all the rooms
  • June 14, 2017
    A very interesting outdoor museum. Must see the stave church, which is not entirely original, sadly and the beautiful reconstruction of Norway as it was 70 or so years ago. The cafeteria is a bit lacking in my opinion, but that is a minor point. Also a good place to take the kids, as they can run around and explore the buildings, farms, etc. One can only imagine how hard life must have been in one of those farmsteads as the one rebuilt here.
  • June 30, 2017
    An exceptional experience. Alot of things to see, need all day if you want to see everything. Recommend visits on Sundays, enjoyed the show with folk dance (with children). This museum is a mandatory visit for all tourists in Oslo.

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