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“A wonderland of buildings and heritage”

The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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Ranked #11 of 407 things to do in Oslo
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Norsk Folkemuseum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present through its collections from around the country. Among the highlights are the Stave Church from Gol, dating from 1200 and an apartment building with homes from the 20th Century. 160 historic buildings in the big Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town and country, and social classes. Indoor exhibits present Norwegian heritage. The museum has a comprehensive activity program and is open all year.
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

We had gone out specifically for the Viking Ship museum and since this was close by decided to visit. So glad we did. The grounds are a collection of various styles of buildings - some have volunteers inside dressed in garments of the time and are happy to chat about what life was like for people back then. The site was covered in snow so it was a true winter wonderland of old wooden structures including an iconic wooden church. fabulous place for photography. Loved the buildings and the volunteers - a café located near entrance - a warm respite for a snack or drink while waiting for bus.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018 via mobile

I went by myself in March. Some of the attractions were closed as a result but it was still well worth the trip

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Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

We visited when a lot of the paths were closed as they were too icy so not all buildings were accessible- maybe not one to visit when the weather had been bad.

We also didn’t come across any actors throughout the museum so it was not quite what I expected it to be- perhaps our visit was out of season.

Thank Hannah C
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Paal M, Informasjonssjef at The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback. It has been a rough winter this year, and we had to close some paths due to much ice and snow. In winter we especially recommend our indoor exhibitions, presenting folk art, costumes and Sami culture. In the Open-Air Museum some interiors are open, and we would especially recommend the Apartment Building with homes throughout the 20th Century.

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Reviewed 21 March 2018

A very large area to cover but well worth the visit. We went in March and it made sightseeing difficult because of the cold, otherwise it is a comprehensive exhibit of old Norway. Lovely!

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

So, you can walk around and check out various buildings. Lots of them are closed, but there are enough open to make you happy. My favorite one was a building that had it decorated with stuff from various decades. It was like looking into the past - clothes, dishes, toys, even music! I bet that it is nice in the spring/summer.

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