Speciality Museums in Oslo

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Speciality Museums in Oslo

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  • PicMorDaisies
    Edmonton, Canada913 contributions
    Oslo has many wonderful museums but I have to say that this one is my favorite. We spent a few hours there and I could have spent even more time. I learned so much about the various Polar Expeditions involving Norwegian explorers and others as well. As a Canadian I was particularly interested to learn about Amundsen's voyage through the Northwest Passage and the time he spent with the Inuit and what he learned from them which was useful on his later trip to the South Pole. It was great to be able to walk right onto the Fram, the actual ship that Amundsen took to Antarctica on his historic voyage. Don't miss this museum which is easily reached by ferry. The entrance fee (and the ferry trip) are both included in the Oslo City Pass.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • haydi t
    Oslo, Norway4 contributions
    Viking ship museum is full of history, among the best in Norway, especially in ships.
    I highly recommend it
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • lucyd
    25 contributions
    One of the best places around Oslo if you like skiing and are a fan of ski/ski jumping/biathlon. A beautiful spot to enjoy nature and ski culture.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,817 contributions
    A visionary is just one of the best titles to bestow on Thor Heyerdahl. For his pioneering thinking and pursuits he has been awarded numerous honours and has an incomparable legacy.

    Reasons why are perfectly displayed here. It was fabulous to see the Kon-Tiki raft that Thor and his crew of 5 used in 1947 to traverse about 8000 kms from South America to Polynesia.

    This odyssey was only one of the many sea voyages undertaken by the explorer. Even though the Kon-Tiki is likely the most famous exhibit, Ra II is also to be seen.

    After the first Ra boat floundered in the sea, version II was built by reed boat experts, namely Indians from the Andes mountain region. In 1970 she sailed over 6000 kms from Morocco to Barbados with Thor and his crew on board.
    Written 12 August 2022
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  • lucyd
    25 contributions
    Beautifully arranged, a very peaceful place with lots of interesting places from all over the world. There are different sections for each continent, so they take you on a botanical trip around the world. It's a great place if you want to relax as well.
    Written 17 August 2022
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  • PicMorDaisies
    Edmonton, Canada913 contributions
    The building itself is very beautiful and well worth a visit. I learned a lot about Alfred Nobel and his life and his remarkable achievements. It's interesting to learn about the origin of the Nobel prized and the inspirational winners.
    Written 15 August 2022
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  • breggie
    Asheville, NC769 contributions
    Totally engrossing and fine presentation of the event. Could not be more straightforward and respectful of the victims and their families. I am American- the Oklahoma City Memorial and Museum there is the ONLY other such venue I have been to that is this moving and impactful
    On the observer. Home grown hate in both with just no explanation except the sad conclusion that (sometimes/usually) childhood neglect and mistreatment can lead To what we call “evil”- right wing narcissism and hatred for “the other”, fed by social media radicalization. Same as Rabin’s killer- a home grown hater of the other.
    Don’t miss this in Oslo.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,817 contributions
    Passing an electric arc furnace, used in the production of nitrogen for fertiliser making, in the grounds was a happy harbinger for great displays to come.

    Commendably real world exhibits are the mainstay. Early on, a fabulous water wheel shows the important of hydro power to early industry.

    From the mid 1800s onwards a more prosperous middle class enjoyed increasing leisure time and entertainment. An important component was the invention and spread of phonographs and gramophones. A grand Edison with wax cylinder is one of the gems.

    Timber and all its aspects were important industries. Industrial sized saw and paper mill elements are impressive.

    A fine collection is in the transport rooms. Grand vintage and veteran cars from the earliest days are proudly displayed. A gleaming steam engine and electric tram are marvellous.

    Long before the smartphone, bell telephones with handset were at the forefront of enabling chats across vast distances. Grand examples as well as a telephone exchange are here.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • MatthewJB
    Cairns, Australia220 contributions
    The gallery/museum is a large, modern, stainless steel and glass building containing works by Munch, about Munch and collected by Munch, his friends and colleagues. It is arranged thematically, although the contents of each room is often not clear from the terms used. It would be helpful to visitors for the gallery to describe each theme in more detail so they can make a decision about whether or not that Exhibition/room is of any interest to them. For visitors, it’s worth taking the time to view the gallery’s website and plan your visit. I was under no time constraint, so visited each room/gallery and stayed to linger around the works that were of interest. There’s a lot to take in, so my advice would be to set aside a couple of hours. More if you want to sample the food and beverage selections. It was a warm sunny day, so I opted for lunch outdoors at a nearby cafe.

    Likes - lots of light from the glass facade when traveling on the escalators between floors; lots of exhibition space, so although it was a busy summer’s day it didn’t feel crowded.

    Dislikes - better descriptions of the offerings on each floor. The exhibition on level 4 entitled ‘Edvard Munch Infinite’ didn’t convey any sense of what to expect; I should have looked at the website before my visit as it provided a good description.

    Regret - the rooftop bar on level 13 was closed at the time of my visit; if there’s a next time, I’d like to try to bistro on level 12.

    I visited solo, but if you came with friends, you could easily spend 3 or 4 hours here discussing the extensive collection and exhibitions.

    Photos - building, view and one of my favorite works on the day.
    Written 7 August 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,817 contributions
    We passed this grand building on the major thoroughfare a number of times but disappointingly the museum has still not reopened.

    It would have been great to see Ibsen’s and his wife Suzannah’s last home where they lived from 1895 until his death in 1906.
    Written 21 June 2022
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  • Terje N. A
    4 contributions
    We attended a show with the MgP Jr. contest winners and the children went on stage along with the winners. We will come back another time, two hours was not enough for us :)
    Written 10 October 2019
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  • Mark W
    Boca Raton, FL2,709 contributions
    Housed in one of Oslo’s two synagogues from the early Twentieth Century, there are three exhibits. In the courtyard, covering the outside walls is a display on Norwegian Jewish athletes. Although the post-World War II Jewish population has been under 1000, quite a number have apparently been prominent athletes, in golf, hockey, soccer football, boxing, and skiing.

    Inside, a detailed exhibit depicts the Norwegian Jews in the Holocaust. A number were taken by the Nazi troops that invaded Norway in 1940, shipped to concentration camps, where most were killed by the Nazis - only a small number returned.

    Some fought in the Norwegian resistance, indeed a higher proportion than among non-Jewish Norwegians. Many were smuggled to neutral Sweden, and returned after the war. Some managed to stay hidden during the war. Both those who escaped to Sweden and those who remained hidden did so with the help of courageous non-Jews who are celebrated by name, with details of their heroic exploits.

    The third section is an elementary introduction to the Jewish religious holiday cycle. Holocaust education is part of the regular school curriculum and Norwegian students visit the museum as part of their study.
    Written 22 September 2019
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  • Norvaltravel
    London, UK56 contributions
    First of all the closing times on the visit Oslo website were incorrect. They close at 16:00 in the winter month. No audio to follow and very limited signage in English. We definitely wanted to understand and know more but couldn’t understand anything. Our visit was however saved by the wonderfully friendly Director who was giving a private tour to colleagues from Germany. She invited us along on the tour and took us down to the bunker. She gave us a guided tour in English which was absolutely heartfelt. We were a bit rushed as the centre was closing. Without the private bunker tour it wouldn’t have been value for money.

    The work they do there is important but they can do more to accommodate the international audience as all the signage is in Norwegian. We were provided with tablets but it wasn’t easy to follow and feel the real message wasn’t being conveyed as well as it could of.
    Written 30 November 2019
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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, IL144 contributions
    This museum is a must if you want a feel for Norwegian early history. Displayed are early Viking items, gold coins, artic life, etc. Exhibits are modern and well done with English descriptions. Guides can be downloaded online free. An English tour is available at noon. Unfortunately several of the more interesting rooms are currently closed for renovation. The Egyptian room is small and unimpressive. W didn't find a lift, so expect stairs. Backpacks must be worn facing front, but free storage lockers are available.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • permia
    Ireland37,817 contributions
    Testament to a collector’s passion, it’s a superb collection of the Holy Book.

    With over 5000 bibles already in the collection and more arriving every year from around the world, it is unique for its range in Scandinavia.

    Some venerable volumes are here, such as those belonging to Christian III and Fredrik II. An impressive printing press is on display with examples of the typeset used.

    Regarding as the most sacred and precious artefact is the one page from a Guttenberg Bible printed 1450 – 55.
    Written 10 July 2022
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