Historical Museum

Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

“FROM ICE AGE TO CHRISTIANITY” presents glimpses of people’s lives in Eastern Norway over a period of 10,000 years from the Stone Age to the Middle Ages. 

In THE TREASURE CHEST (SKATTKAMMERET), you will find a collection of gold and silver jewellery and other valuables. 

THE VIKING COLLECTION focuses on the Vikings’ lives as farmers, traders and warriors, but also on mythology and burial customs. 

THE MEDIEVAL COLLECTION is mainly devoted to church art, such as stave church doorways and sculptures of saints. 

THE COIN CABINET (MYNTKABINETTET) presents the history of Norwegian coins. 

In the ANCIENT EGYPT exhibit, you can see mummies, mummy cases and gifts for use in the afterlife. 

AMERICA – PRESENT – PAST – IDENTITY. This exhibit focuses on the ways in which indigenous people and minorities form their identity and traditions in encounters with the greater society. 

ARCTIC AND SUBARCTIC. This exhibit displays traditional clothing, tools and equipment and arts and crafts from Greenland, Siberia, Northern Canada, Alaska and Lapland. Don’t miss the unique collection of artefacts from Roald Amundsen’s expedition through the Northwest Passage between 1903 and 1906. 

AFRICAN CULTURES. These artefacts have been collected by explorers and colonial civil servants, but also by current anthropologists. 

EAST ASIA. On the museum’s top floor, you will find beautiful arts and crafts from Japan, Korea, Tibet and Imperial China. 


Opening hours at the Historical Museum:
Open Tuesday to Sunday
15 Sept.-14 May: 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
15 May-14 Sept.: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Getting there
Train or underground to the National Theatre station. Tram no. 11, 17 or 18 to Kristian Augusts gate. 


  • Street: Frederiks gate 2
  • Postcode: 0164
  • City: OSLO


  • Tel: +4722859912
  • Fax: +4722859920
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