The Viking Ship Museum
Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo
In THE VIKING SHIP MUSEUM, are the best preserved Viking ships exhibited. These ships were discovered in three large burial mounds where they had been buried to serve as vessels for their rich owners’ final journey to the realm of the dead.
THE OSEBERG SHIP was built around 820 AD and was used as a burial ship for a powerful woman and her maidservant in 834 AD. The ship is constructed from oak timbers and is 21.5 metres long and 5 metres wide.
THE GOKSTAD SHIP was built around 890 AD and used as a burial ship for a chieftain around 900 AD. The ship is about 23 metres long and about 5 metres wide, and it was equipped with 32 shields on each side, painted alternately in gold and black.
THE TUNE SHIP was the first Viking ship to be discovered, and it is exhibited as it was found. The ship was clinker-built of oak and dates back to about 900 AD.
1 May-30 September: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
1 Oct.-30 Apr.: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Getting there: Bus no. 30 to Bygdøy (departs from the National Theatre among other stops). The Bygdøy ferry from Rådhuskaia (the City Hall Wharf) to Dronningen Restaurant (in summer only).
- Street: Huk Aveny 35
- Postcode: 0287
- City: Oslo
- Tel: (+47) 22135280
- Fax: (+47) 22135281