The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Oslo

Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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  • Must be seen! With the best of Norwegian far and near past. Do you like old buildings and farm history, this is a must! Interesting for both old and young
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  • This museum is my favourite! If you come during high season you can interact with people dressed up in traditional Norwegian clothes, taste traditional foods, and walk in to old houses. You can also b...  read more »
  • Folk museum is absolutely fantastic place to get to know Norwegian history. Homes are from many different seasons. Interesting for both large and small.
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  • It's one of the best museums to learn Norwegian history and culture. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly, willing to share. Every area of the museum has a little town from a different time. Some towns have staff wearing clothes and working in a profession of that particular time. You can eat they're local bread, hear them play music with a weird instrument, and talk to them about history. All buildings are original, they were moved piece by piece and reassembled in the museum.
  • Great day out with the kids. The english tour was great and so many nice buildings.... just be careful catching the bus there - it was super expensive.
  • Perfect place to spend a day trying to understand the cultural history of Norwegians, learning about the traditional activities of the past, together with the evolution of the building techniques during the years. Don't miss the reconstruction of Christiania and the working class suburbs, it might not be as folklorist as the the older three constructions, but it is a real gem.
  • If you are visiting just Oslo and don't have time to go anywhere else in the country, here you have a nice opportunity to go and meet the locals and many regions of the country in one. Specially beautiful is the big wooden carved church, one of the best preserved in Norway, as it is also a copy of Oslo ancient downtown.
  • Perfect place to spend 1/2 day. It's not only a museum, it's a town throw the years. You'll find history and entertainment. And furthermore, some of the houses have actors, so you can see how they lived in that age. Absolutely recommended!
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