The Kon-Tiki Museum

Thor Heyerdahl’s Research Foundation

Thor Heyerdahl(1914-2002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947. He followed this up with spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris. His recreations of prehistoric voyages showed that early man had mastered sailing before the saddle and wheel were invented. His reputationas a scientist was consolidated through his archaeological excavations on the fabled, mysterious Easter Island. Curiosity was Thor Heyerdahl's driving force.

Thor Heyerdahl's archives at the Kon-Tiki Museum have now been included in UNESCO's Memory of the World register.
If you want to learn more about his exciting work, you can visit the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

The museum is home to permanent exhibitions about: Ra, Tigris, Fatu-Hiva, Kon-Tiki, and Easter Island. It has a separate area for short-term exhibitions, as well as a 30 metre cave tour and an underwater exhibition containing a life-size 10-metre whale shark. The museum also has a cinema and souvenir shop. The museum is open year round and has special offers for groups in the evenings. Competition for children and young people with great prizes. Welcome to the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo.

Opening hours 2012:
January - February: 10 - 16
March - May: 10 - 17
June - August 9 - 18
September – October: 10-17
November – December 10-16

Closed 17 May, 24-25, 31December 

The original Kon-Tiki movie which Thor Heyerdahl won the Oscars for in 1951, will be shown daily at 12 noon

(English, 67 minutes, price included in entry ticket)


  • Street: Bygdøynesveien 36
  • Postcode: N-0286
  • City: Oslo


  • Tel: (+47) 23086767
  • Fax: (+47) 23086760
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