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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  • So, you can walk around and check out various buildings. Lots of them are closed, but there are enough open to make you happy. My favorite one was a building that had it decorated with stuff from vari...  more »
  • I have enjoyed a lot walking among those houses of the Norwegian old people. Smell of wood, endless charm, really of the best to visit in Oslo.
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  • Really nice to meet this type of construction, however, it is poorly signposted. Win a map in Norwegian and had nothing available in English even if I wanted to buy. Even without understanding right and even without the buildings they are in chronological order we like. Our 2-year-old daughter also liked.
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  • If you got a day pass or more then it's worth a visit. You can see how life was in Norway in the different centuries. The bus 30 leave you just in front of it. If you are in Oslo with kids it's a must visit. They will like it as it's an open space, they can buy some candy, try some traditional waffle and have a nice horse's tour. Dogs friendly area too.
  • I'll precede my review with the fact that I'm not a big fan of museums. As far as museums go, this one is higher on my last because it's outside and a bit more interactive, but still not at the top of my list of things to do. My favorite part of this was the architecture of the buildings. I've of the old churches was absolutely gorgeous. I also thought it was really cool that they had grass growing on the roof of a lot of the buildings. It was interesting to see what a town might have been like, but we didn't really find it entertaining enough to spend more than an hour or two there. The candy shop was cool, but unfortunately they only accepted cash, so we weren't able to try any candy. If you have kids, I definitely think this would be a good stop. Otherwise, it's not a bad stop, but I wouldn't say it's a must see in Oslo.
  • Fun few hours walking around seeing carefully replicated dwellings from various regions of Norway and eras of history. Animals in the Unit Farm provide a fun change of pace when you find them. Entry is reasonably priced considering they are constantly renovating and changing what's in the park.
  • This open air museum is a must go in Oslo. You can spend a full day there. It is actually a big park where houses and farms from different place in Norway (and from different times) have been relocated to. You'll find several farms (including one with animals), a church, a school, a hut from the native nomads that lived in the territory, etc. Some are several centuries old, other from the last century. You can get inside all the buildings so you can see how it was to live in Norway over the ages.
  • Free with the Oslo Card. It's a great museum with the highlight being the open area museum area. Lots of great log buildings ranging from school houses to churches. They were selling pancakes they made a vintage way. They also have small inside exhibits as well, such as Nordic clothes and an exhibit on the Sami people.
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