The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is one of the oldest and biggest outdoor museums, situated on the Bygdøy Peninsula. Established in 1894 by librarian and historian Hans Aalla, it was first open for the public in 1901. The museum houses 160 authentic historical buildings from all of Norway, the oldest of which is the “Gol Stave” church, dating back to the XIII century. The Church, one of five medieval buildings in the museum, includes the Rauland village house from XIV century and an apartment house dating back to the year 1864. Seven of the nine flats in the apartment house are examples of typical interior design solutions ranging from the XIX to XX century. Alongside its buildings, the museum contains an extensive photo archive, including most of the works of Norwegian photographer Anders Beer Wilse.
During the summer, the staff of the museum will greet you dressed in traditional national costumes and inform you of various periods of Norwegian history. In addition to this, you can bake traditional Norwegian lefse bread, listen to fairy tales, visit an animal farm, a shop, the museum historical playground and a restaurant.
The Museum is situated close to several other museums, including The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Museum, The Kon-Tiki Museum and The Norwegian Maritime Museum.
The souvenir shop offers a wide array of souvenirs of Norwegian and Nordic design.
The Arcadia café is located next to the main entrance and provides a less formal atmosphere for your visit. They offer a wide range of lunch menus, including hot food, pastry and refreshments. No museum ticket is required to visit the Arcadia café, and group visits and reservations can be arranged via the e-mail address: [email protected]
The picturesque outdoor museum is an ideal setting for an outdoor lunch. Picnic tables are provided, so you can even bring your own food.
Ticket price for The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
Regular ticket price: 15 eur
Reduced ticket price: 11 eur – for students
Reduced ticket price:: 4.00 eur – for children up to 15 years old
Free entrance for children up to 6 years
Family ticket: 30 eur
Author of the text:
Maja Glavaš, Bachelor with Honours in Communicology. Works in Tourism.
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