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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
+47 417 56 330
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A must visit when in Alta.

Visiting the museum is a must when visiting Alta. We walked from the city center and it took us... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Novi Sad, Serbia
Stunning scenery

Interesting museum explaining things in a concise way. Stunning views from restaurant and a... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Manchester, 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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  • Average10%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
+47 417 56 330
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Visiting the museum is a must when visiting Alta. We walked from the city center and it took us like 45 minutes. Have to revisit in summer because the rock carvings were covered with snow. The view from the terrace and the restaurant is breathtaking,...More

Thank Stejs
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Interesting museum explaining things in a concise way. Stunning views from restaurant and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Very accessible for wheelchair users.

Thank fionagosden2
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

Not much to see, poor explanation and not possible to see the rock carving. We didn't like it and really had the feeling of losing our time.

1  Thank Marie R
Reviewed 4 January 2017

A visit to this Museum is a must for everyone traveling to Alta. The Sami culture is incredibly interesting and at the heart of Norwegian tradition. Also quite interesting the section on the slate rock.

Thank MarcoEtGiusy
Reviewed 3 January 2017

we enjoyed the visit despite we were not able to see the paintings as they were covered by snow. Anyway you get a lot of informations and pictures.

Thank arianeda
Reviewed 14 November 2016

I never cease to be amazed at the Artwork of our early settlers of many nations that have, or are still being discovered. Over 5000 carvings have been found at this site in Alta, and we were told by our guide that many hectares of...More

Thank rogeria l
Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were very lucky with the weather on the day of our visit - it was sunny, almost no wind and really warm. A walk outside was very pleasant - the paths are very nicely made, information is sufficient and you can pace yourself as...More

1  Thank mykolasm
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Be prepared to walk a little through a very picturesque landscape around the bay to discover amazingly old rock art. The shorter walk to the left has the oldest art - ~6,500 years old, although it has been 'painted' to preserve it. The walk to...More

Thank Sandy C
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum even though the weather wasn't the best. The good little hike around the path showing the rock carvings is recommendable although some of the non painted carvings were a bit difficult to spot. If you're in Alta and are in for...More

Thank Hans Petter E
Reviewed 28 August 2016

I took the 3km tour to see all the carvings, but you can also take a shorter, 1km tour to see just part of them. Also the 3km tour has some steep roads, so it's better to take the short tour if you have trouble...More

Thank Koos83
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What will the opening hours be for the museum in middle of June? I want to walk and photograph the rock carvings especially.
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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