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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
+47 417 56 330
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Great day out

We spent most of the day here. You get a good booklet to use going round which explains the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rita B
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London, United Kingdom
interesting to see

The area is just beautiful since its next to a big lake. They have also a small cafe overlooking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
KrisCobain
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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WORLD HERITAGE ROCK ART CENTRE - ALTA MUSEUM Experience one of Northern Europe's largest rock carving sites, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The carvings were made by hunters and gatherers, the oldest carvings are over 7000 years. The rock art park is available in the snow free period. The museum is open all year and features exhibitions on rock art in Alta and other cultural history exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions on themes such as the Northern Lights, angling and art exhibitions. Cafe with a panoramic view over the Altafjord and souvenir shop. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement. Audioguides available in Norwegian, English, German and French.
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  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“sami culture” (9 reviews)
“stone age” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent most of the day here. You get a good booklet to use going round which explains the different drawings, there is also an excellent audio guide. The walkway is over boards and there are some gravel pathways. You can choose to either or...More

Thank Rita B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The area is just beautiful since its next to a big lake. They have also a small cafe overlooking the lake. I went here during an excursion with some other cruise ship guests. Unfortunately, beside the rock carvings I had no time to visit the...More

Thank KrisCobain
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really recommend visiting this place. The carvings were beautiful and so was the scenery. The path was easy to walk and everything was well thought.

Thank Emma T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This's museum was well worth a visit, a must. More or less it's an outdoor museum in nature. It had excellent history of the local area. The curation was well done, and signs were posted in both Norwegian and English for almost everything. Very interesting...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is all about rockcarving. Inhabitants, who lived there between 7000 en 2000 years ago, carved in the rocks what kept them busy: fishing, boats, reindeers, gods..... Discovered by accident by a boy and his father in the 1970's. Now over 500 carvings are...More

Thank AvanToll
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bright, modern central building with good cafe and shop, and a changing indoor exhibition. The rock art is all outdoor, in situ, so you get some idea of the context. Boardwalks take you round, conveniently there are two areas of petroglyphs so you can have...More

Thank greave2016
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed this outdoor museum. Used the audio guide and it helped to explain the rock art very well. I would say this is a must in Alta for those interested in history. While it focused on Stone Age art it does place in context. Some...More

Thank Cazza350
Reviewed 7 June 2017

enjoy a 3 hour walk around large slabs of rock where between 6000 and 3000 years ago natives scratched stories of their daily life. Very nicely kept and set-up. Very good facilities

Thank Charles I
Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

We went with a tour group & it was drizzling. The rock art is naturally, outside. So be prepared with wet weather gear. It was quite good - & considering the age, is amazing. In the visitor centre is a museum - similar to others...More

Thank 168heatherb
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

May is a bit early to visit the museum it seems, but we managed two see half the area. The area with marked up drawing was still some snow, so we dit not visit that. You walk around in the nature on paths of wood,...More

Thank Jan-Ove H
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AliKat9
9 April 2015|
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Response from Anita T | Property representative |
Hi! From June 13th the museum changes to longere opening hours. Every day from 8 am to 8 pm. Please see Alta Museums website for other opening hours. Welcome to World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum!
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