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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
+47 417 56 330
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Quirky little museum

We’d never been to a museum with an entire room about the history of knitting or another entire... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Good museum to understand North Norway

Nice little museum to understand the area and in general (North) Norway, from the stone carvings to... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“stone age” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
+47 417 56 330
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We’d never been to a museum with an entire room about the history of knitting or another entire room about the history of fishing rods. Quirky but fun and well organized. We were there in the winter so the carvings outside were covered in snow...More

Thank ranchette7
Reviewed 11 January 2018

Nice little museum to understand the area and in general (North) Norway, from the stone carvings to the northern lights, from the Vikings to the Sami people. In winter the external area (with carvings) is inaccessible due to snow and ice. The exhibition is going...More

Thank Little_Frank_22
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Short but very rewarding visit to an excellent museum. Warm, welcoming and full of useful information. Yes inspirational objects from Sami and Viking culture. Lovely shop and cafe. Highly recommended.

Thank Rosemary K
Reviewed 25 December 2017

If you like the stone age, you'll adore this unique museum which is also very spacious and informative when it comes to local history in general. Great souvenir shop too. Mandatory.

Thank Arctic_Lyon
Reviewed 19 December 2017

This museum is currently facing reconstruction so some of the panels are not present. This and the fact that the petroglyph outside are not accessible in winter made for a rather short visit. Despite that the material was interesting and we enjoyed the visit. The...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 14 December 2017

This is a place you should visit when in the neighborhood, I admit it is not located near a big city but for sure it is marvelous and well restored

Thank Peter T
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

This museum offers a great amount of Finnmark culture. We walked here from Alta Sentrum in 90 minutes (but it would be about 50 if it wasn’t snowy!). The museum is well served by the main road however so you can drive or get a...More

1  Thank Jessica G
Reviewed 31 October 2017

We were lucky to have good weather and it was possible to see also the outside area. If you have only limited time go and see those rock paintings which are clearly marked and repainted. Other option is to concentrate only on the rocks and...More

Thank helenaI9647OO
Reviewed 26 October 2017

After a short bus ride we arrived at the Alta Museum. We were warmly greeted and our nationality sought. After that, we were addressed in English. We were given a guidebook and told about all of the available exhibits, including the best order to do...More

Thank AkelaH
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We went on the museum to see the curving but we were mostly impressed by the amazing view on the Fjord. The curving are really interesting and well explained through a guide or an audioguide. You can enjoy one of the best view in the...More

Thank Arianne94
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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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