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About the Historical Museum

In the Historical Museum you will find exhibitions about Norwegian history from the Stone Age to the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. You can experience one of the only two best preserved Viking helmets in the world, explore the Egyptian mummies, and get an insight into the world's cultural diversity in our ethnographic exhibitions.

The Historical Museum is located in the city centre of Oslo. The museum building from 1904 is a magnificent example of Art Nouveau architecture. The rich decoration has a rare blend of Norwegian and international elements. 

Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History and the University of Oslo. The Cultural History Museum has Norway's largest collection of historical artefacts, from the Stone Age to modern times. The museum's main task is to do research, conservation and outreach on our history through our academic environments in areas such as archaeology, ethnography and numismatics.

The new Museum of the Viking Age is under planning. This museum is also part of the Cultural History Museum in addition to the Historical Museum. You can see fantastic objects from the Viking Age if you visit the exhibitions VÍKINGR and Fabulous Animals – From the Iron Age to the Vikings at the Historical Museum.

Personer som jobber med å grave ut et vikingskip.


Historical Museum is a part of the Museum of Cultural History.

Employees at the Museum of Cultural History

Fasaden på Historisk museum, foto fra 1905

The History of the Building

The Historical Museum opened its doors at Tullinløkka in Oslo in 1904. The building architecture was subject to much debate.

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Woman working with objects


The Historical Museum is part of the Museum of Cultural History where innovative research of high quality is conducted in close interaction with the dissemination and conservation of culture and cultural heritage.

Read more about our research at the Museum of Cultural History

Two men examining Viking objects


We have the largest collection of archaeological and ethnographic objects in Norway.

Read more about our collections at the Museum of Cultural History

People digging in the earth.

Cultural Heritage Management

The Museum of Cultural History manages annually a number of archaeological excavations within its administrative region of 10 counties, located in East and South-Norway.

Read more about Cultural Heritage Management at the Museum of Cultural History

Gjenstander i en utstillingen.

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