A weekend in…

Mu­se­ums

Oslo is a city that dates back thou­sands of years, and though what would even­tu­ally be­come the city we know to­day was first es­tab­lished in the year 1040, rem­nants of houses dat­ing back as far as 6000 or even 7000 BC have been found in the area. A sur­prisi

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THE VIKING SHIP MU­SEUM

One of the most fa­mous as­pects of Nor­way is its Viking Age his­tory. The Norse­men trav­elled the world in their in­ge­nious wooden ships and raided, traded and ex­plored. The unique struc­ture of the ships al­lowed them to travel long dis­tances at great speed, and to stay afloat de­spite the nat­u­ral forces they were up against. Some of the world’s best-pre­served Viking ships are on dis­play at The Viking Ship Mu­seum at Bygdøy, hav­ing been used in burial rit­u­als where they were buried along with their late own­ers. In ad­di­tion to the ships Gok­stad, Tune and Ose­berg, you’ll get to see wood carv­ings, art, tools and other arte­facts that have been re­trieved, along with an ed­u­ca­tional film about the Viking Age. A brand-new Viking Age mu­seum will be ready in 2025.

Bus # 30 stops at Vik­ingskipene. The Bygdøyfer­gen ferry takes you from Råd­huskaia to Dron­nin­gen.

NO­BEL PEACE CEN­TER

The No­bel Peace Prize is awarded an­nu­ally and is the only No­bel prize awarded in Nor­way. The No­bel Peace Cen­ter opened in 2005, and show­cases the No­bel Peace Prize, its lau­re­ates and Al­fred No­bel, as well as be­ing a venue for de­bate and re­flec­tion around cur­rent top­ics. The cen­tre is lo­cated in a for­mer rail­way sta­tion at Råd­hus­plassen in Oslo, be­tween the City Hall and Aker Brygge. In ad­di­tion to the ex­hi­bi­tions, the cen­tre hosts pan­els, de­bates, con­certs, con­fer­ences and theatre shows.

All metro lines stop at Na­tion­althe­atret T, a sixminute stroll from the cen­tre.Tram # 12 stops at Aker Brygge.

THE KON-TIKI MU­SEUM

Not only the Vik­ings ex­plored the world – Nor­we­gians through­out the ages have been cu­ri­ous about the world and what lies beyond, as well as how peo­ple ended up where they are. In 1974, Thor Hey­er­dahl sailed a raft of balsa wood from Peru to Poly­ne­sia, sim­ply to see if it were pos­si­ble. The trip was cap­tured on film, and the re­sult was awarded the Academy Award for Best Doc­u­men­tary in 1951. The raft, Kon-Tiki, is on dis­play at the mu­seum, along with Ra II, a ves­sel built of papyrus, which he used to sail from North Africa to the Caribbean. But Hey­er­dahl not only trav­elled; he also did ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tions on the Gala­pa­gos Is­lands, Easter Is­land and in Túc­ume, and in ad­di­tion to the ves­sels, the Kon-Tiki Mu­seum con­tains maps, a li­brary of books, and ob­jects from sev­eral of Hey­er­dahl’s ex­pe­di­tions.

Bus # 30 stops at stops at Bygdøynes. Fer­ries run from Råd­huskaia to Bygdøynes.

NOR­WE­GIAN MU­SEUM OF CUL­TURAL HIS­TORY

De­spite Oslo be­ing a mod­ern, ur­ban cap­i­tal, the his­tory of Oslo and Nor­way is a long and fas­ci­nat­ing one. At the Nor­we­gian Mu­seum of Cul­tural His­tory, you get to ex­pe­ri­ence, look at, and learn about it all through ex­ten­sive col­lec­tions of items and arte­facts. In ad­di­tion to tra­di­tional ex­hi­bi­tions, there is an Open-Air Mu­seum with build­ings dat­ing back to the Mid­dle Ages and up to the 20th cen­tury. Here, you get to ex­plore daily life, city and coun­try­side, old and mod­ern, as well as cul­ture, ac­tiv­i­ties and so­cial classes. Vis­i­tors get to ex­pe­ri­ence the var­i­ous lo­cal ar­chi­tec­tural styles and cul­tural tra­di­tions of the Nor­we­gian coun­try­side, old towns and sub­urbs, apart­ment build­ings, and coastal ar­eas through­out the ages. One of the most pop­u­lar build­ings is a stave church from Gol. Built in ap­prox­i­mately 1200, it is among the most iconic Nor­we­gian his­tor­i­cal build­ings. Walk­ing around the Open-Air Mu­seum is like tak­ing a stroll through the his­tory of Nor­way. Bus # 30 stops at Folke­museet.

POPSENTERE­T

Popsentere­t is a mu­seum of Nor­we­gian pop­u­lar mu­sic, dat­ing back to the first com­mer­cial record­ings in 1904, and cov­er­ing pop his­tory up un­til to­day. The mu­seum is interactiv­e, with in­stal­la­tions where you can play and in­ter­act with the mu­sic, rather than just lis­ten to it. And not only does it have the record­ings; the tech­nol­ogy, in­stru­ments, posters, fan arte­facts and mer­chan­dise of var­i­ous bands and artists are also on dis­play. Dif­fer­ent gen­res, styles and decades have their own time cap­sule­like in­stal­la­tions, often fur­nished to re­flect the time or typ­i­cal lis­tener of the spe­cific genre. There’s also a DIY sec­tion, where vis­i­tors get to sing Nor­we­gian hits in a stu­dio, de­sign their own al­bum cov­ers, and get a feel for what it might be like to step out onto a stage in front of a large crowd. Popsentere­t also fre­quently hosts ac­tual con­certs and events, so keep an eye on its cal­en­dar for up­dates.

Trams # 11,12 and 13 stop at Olaf Ryes Plass, a four­minute walk from the mu­seum. Tram # 17 stops at Heim­dals­gata, a two-minute walk away.

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