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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. Put Viking Ship Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oslo itinerary planner.
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  • Great to see the ships and the artifacts they found. You would probably head round in 45 mins. Your ticket also gets you access to the historical museum. 
  • The viking ships for burring. The exhibition involves many funerary goods, decorations, daily commodities, axis, fabrics etc. If you have beards, buy beards cosmetics at the shop! The shop has memoria...  more »
  • The museum building is a Jungenstihl masterpiece, and once inside if you have any interest in the Vikings or History in general you will be a happy bunny. 4 Viking Ships are housed in the museum along...  more »
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  • I honestly thought it would be bigger than it was but nonetheless I had a good visit. Wish they would have had audio guides instead of a qr scan and go setup but I suppose it helps keep prices down. Really impressive displays and friendly enough staff. Enjoyed that they allowed photography inside. Located on the beautiful little peninsula where other museums like the folk museum are located.
  • It is exactly what it claims to be. They have three burial ships featured in the museum, as well as a number of items discovered within/nearby the ships. The scale of the ships is incredible. Not a lot of time is spent on the negative impact the Vikings had on local civilizations during their exploration, but despite that the museum was interesting and enlightening.
  • Small but very informative museum. It's amazing to see how sea-faring these shops must have been, carrying a crew of 30 or so, before they were used as burial monuments. Best combined with the other maritime museums in the area.
  • Small museum that contains exhibits of several Vikings boats, and some of their daily accessories. Not much on the history of their conquests. There should be better museums around.
  • The museum is rather small but the displays are well-thought and impressive, you can even have a peek at the inside of the boats by climbing the stairs at the corners of the room.