Learn about our history – and go shopping!

How did we end up as this modern pulsating city? Visit the best museums and you`ll get some answers.

Go shopping for your souvenirs and clothes, or take a visit to the many interesting places in the centre of Oslo city.

Armed Forces Museum

Akershus Fortress is a medieval castle built in the late 13century to protect Oslo, and hosts two specifically interesting museums for Norwegian defence history. One of these are the Norwegian Defence Museum, located in the old Arsenal building inside Akershus...

The Norwegian Maritime Museum

You can find anything you can imagine related to the sea in the more than 100 year old Maritime Museum. The museum has a great collection of different boats, from the traditional through to polar exploration ships, and some rarities such as the three masted schooner...

The Fram Museum

Photo: Hans-Petter Fjeld (CC-BY-SA) The Fram Polar Museum presents the story of the famous Fram expedition, the unsuccessful attempt to reach the North Pole by drifting with the Arctic Ocean currents. The exhibit is presented in 20 languages. Every 20 minutes there is...

The Munch Museum

The Munch Museum is home to more than half of Edvard Munch’s paintings and most of his print motifs. The magnificent donation to the City consisted of approx.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Norwegian museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1988 and opened in 1990 as a museum for art produced after 1945. Works are received from the National Gallery of Norway. The building was formerly used by Norges Bank (The Norwegian Bank).

The Kon-Tiki Museum

The Kon-TiKi museum tells the story about Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) that gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947.

The Viking Ship Museum

In the Viking Ship Museum there are three ships that are each more than 1,000 years old. The ships Gokstad, Oseberg and a vikinbg longboat are all displayed inside the museum together with other viking artefacts. The Viking longboat was the first to be found of these...

Historical Museum Oslo

The Royal Palace in Oslo is the main residence of the Norwegian king. It is located at the upper end of the main street.