Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

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View three actual Viking ships, the Soeberg, the Gokstad, and the Tune, and learn more about their history at Viking Ship Museum. The ships were built between 800 and 900, and were excavated in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Displays give information on how they were found and preserved. The Tune ship was the first Viking ship to be unearthed and remains the third best-preserved ship in the world. Also, see the artifacts that were buried with each ship, such as carts, sleds, cooking gear, and more. Be sure to climb up into the designated viewing areas that allow you to see each ship from a different perspective and fully appreciate their size. If you have your smartphone with you, you can scan the barcodes associated with the exhibits to receive more detailed information online. Take a look at our Oslo trip itinerary app to schedule your visit to Viking Ship Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Incredible Viking ships. Carving was truly beautiful. Well laid out, easy to stroll through and look ok at the Vuking artifacts.  more »
  • Don't forget to visit these great Norwegian ships of the time. It's really amazing to see nela its simplicity for looking after art and precision.
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  • You learn a lot about the vikings an how they build their ships. The films are interesting. Too little information fot the kids.  more »
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  • So I love the place, mainly because it is a museum with a solid exhibition, very well preserved ships and materials from ancient age, yet the museum isn't so big that you can actually start loosing your focus, or get bored. Last time visited they had just opened the new 3D video experience in one of the nave of the exhibition area, and I honestly found it refreshing, it was very well though to be understandable for the most people whatever the age and the country they came from. It was entertaining yet very accurate, and both me and my guest really enjoyed it. My only complaint, and that's what keeping me from giving a full score, is the signing, which is in very little font and low contrast in most of the places, and it's limited to a bit too few languages. I would appreciate in such a museum if they though a bit more about readability and, eventually, adding some more explanation in other European languages.
  • A short walk from the ferry service landing and you arrive at the museum, there is a cafe and parking in the grounds. Entrance cost 100 Kr (£10) and there is a gift shop and toilets within. The display centres around 3 viking longships burials and is very informative. The ships themselves are not locked away behind glass and allow you a real sense of what life was like. There is an interesting and informative animation which displays on the roof of one of the exhibits and is well worth seeing. A very enjoyable place to visit and very informative.
  • Ships are a fantastic piece of history and worth a visit on there own. The video shows that run every 15mins are also worthwhile and give a good context to the boats. However it is a relatively small museum. Recommend combining with the Museum of Cultural History (Walking distance) for a fuller experience including 1800’s representative Stave Church. Still one of the better options in Oslo for those interested in History.
  • Really cool museum filled with interesting pieces, including restored viking ships! There are some high viewing areas so you can see inside the ships. There is a really nice projected visualisation with one of the ships that depicts the history without using words, it's extremely beautiful. Student discount for any European student holding valid student ID. Well worth a visit but don't expect your visit to last much longer than an hour or two as there is not a huge amount to see, but you really should go you'll have a great time.
  • An amazing museum not the biggest but very well done. A must see in my opinion. I loved it and spent a good few hours marvelling at the craftsmanship of the vikings. Go there,do it, you won't be disappointed. The gift shop is reasonable too.

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