Norwegian Petroleum Museum, Stavanger

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Learn more about the oil industry and offshore petroleum activity in the North Sea through interactive displays at Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Displays of tools, films, models, and other exhibits provide insight into the history, geology, and technology behind the oil industry. See how oil is produced and what it is used for, as well as the influence the industry has had on the Norwegian economy. The museum also includes information on the downsides of oil production, such as production disasters and environmental effects. Notice the unusual architecture of the museum, which from afar resembles an oil platform. Using our custom trip planner, Stavanger attractions like Norwegian Petroleum Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • In this super modern museum is the oil extraction in all its facets. Countless models give a beautiful image of the operation. You can do a simulation of some activities on board a drilling rig. Provide enough time (at least 3 hours) to get a good understanding
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  • The idea of an oil museum doest sound a tractive or interesting. But it's better than it seems lots of information about oil and the oil business. Very interactive and lots of models of ships, oil pla...  more »
  • As it could look like, it is not only for engineers or technical people. Norvegian peole are very proud of this part of their history: how the oïl discovery changed their lives, and how they manage th...  more »
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  • This place is big enough to be interesting and small enough to fit in a few hours. You can easily get there and it tells the story on oil and gas from start till end. It is telling the Norwegian story but is generic enough. Great place to visit with kids too.
  • Great interactive exhibition. Recorded for all: adults, children and grands as well. Do not miss escape room and try yourself with interesting exercises related to subject and final quiz as well. Great fun for entire family. Allocated 4 hours at least to rely enjoy the place.
  • Great museum, very informative and has a lot to offer despite being small. I loved the films shown as well - a really nice touch.
  • Really interesting exhibition, as others have said the emergency evacuation simulation is really lifelike, trying to find your way out in the pitch black with alarms going off is quite frightening! Also very much enjoyed the main room full of large scale models of assorted rigs and the old drill heads worn down after use. Well worth a visit.
  • A really nice museum on the history of the Norwegian Oil Industry and off-shore oil production in general. All the descriptions are also in English and very well thought out. What surprised me the most is the fact that they not only speak about the positive effects the oil industry is having on Norway but also talk about side effects, accidents and climate change. Definitely well worth the 2 hours you should spend here.

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As with any Norwegian city, the high price of accommodations in Stavanger might be a bit of a shock. Luckily, the Norwegians have such a fondness for outdoor activities that most tourist destinations seem to be well served by several campsites in nearby areas. Rent a tent or a rustic cabin to appreciate Norway’s nature and cut costs. Alternatively, look for hotels in the city center around the Storhaug borough. Slightly outside of Stavanger lies the popular Sola Beach, where high-end hotels put you just steps from the sand.
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