Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

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#2 of 299 in Museums in Norway
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. Put Viking Ship Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oslo itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Incredible Viking ships. Carving was truly beautiful. Well laid out, easy to stroll through and look ok at the Vuking artifacts.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • June 14, 2017
    Small museum with three Viking ships and some relics, but well worth the stop. Two of the ships are in great condition. Well worth the stop if headed out to the other museums on the bus route. I believe they are planning on building a larger museum in the near future, which I would love to visit.
  • April 24, 2017
    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 complain, 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 hey though a bit more about readability and, eventually, adding some more explanation in other European languages.
  • May 29, 2017
    Absolutely wonderful to see actual, preserved viking ships and relics. Great history and museum plaques are in English as well. Price not too bad. $10 per adult. A must see if you are in the area, as not many (it any) other places to see non replica viking ships.
  • June 26, 2017
    This is a fantastic museum in all respects. The displays are well done, the video presentations are educational and entertaining, and of course THE SHIPS, the amazing and glorious longships. I was stunned by their size and construction. The Viking craftsmen and women were masters.
  • July 3, 2017
    This museum is very interesting and well put together. There is a very cool collection of viking ships and items they were buried with. There are information panels in English as well!

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