The Kon-tiki MuseumCurrently Open [Closes at 05:00 pm]
- Address: Bygdoynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo, Norway
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: +47-23086767
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Museum, Educational Site, Family And Kids, Exhibition
The Kon-tiki Museum - Review
Kon-Tiki is a raft that in 1947 carried Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl from South America to the Polynesian Islands. Heyerdahl undertook the journey to suggest an extraordinary idea – that South American peoples of pre-Columbian times could possibly have colonised Polynesia.
The raft is housed in this museum, which also houses vessels that Heyerdahl used in his subsequent trips – the reed boats Ra II (based on Egyptian sea-boat designs) and Tigris (used to sail the Indian Ocean). Other exhibits include:
- The Library
- An exhibit on Whale Sharks
- A large number of Easter Island Artefacts including a 9.2 meter tall moai (stone statue)
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The Kon-tiki Museum Ticket Prices
- Adults NOK 90
- Children 6-15 yrs NOK 40
- Student/seniors NOK 60
How To reach The Kon-tiki Museum by Public Transport
- Bus 30 stop Folkemuseet
- Drive or take a taxi
- Ferry no. 91 from Rådhuskaia to Dronningen
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Things to Know Before Visiting The Kon-tiki Museum
88.16% of people who visit Oslo include The Kon-tiki Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
29.43% of people start their The Kon-tiki Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see The Kon-tiki Museum
92.52% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Kon-tiki Museum
The Kon-tiki Museum, Oslo Reviews
This is a solid show about Thor Heyerdahl's explorers around the world. The exhibition would probably benefit from a modernization and more interactive material, so do not be stopped all the time by lots of text that everyone does not read at the same speed as himself. Since all texts are in chronological order, you can not skip any when it gets up and everything is still. An exhibition in the islands would suit this museum better. However, this exhibition is well worth a visit.
This is a cool museum and I did not expect to find it so interesting. I visited on a whim after visiting the also great FRAM museum next door where I was persuaded to buy a combination ticket. Thor Heyerdahl's adventures were certainly exciting, and this is reflected in the exhibitions. The museum features two of his crazy crafts as well as some other information on Easter Island and some more of Thor's adventures.
The third one in area and it is also definetly worth to go in. It was a pity it was closing at 17:00, however I enjoyed it. So much new and interesting information. The ships are amazing! What an incredible journey it had to be. Don't skip any part of this museum and read the info tables.
Thor Heyerdahl has some pretty out there theories and had a good time trying to prove them and his museum reflects this. His simplistic approach to the scientific method makes for an entertaining visit where two of his vessels are displayed and the history of their voyages is recounted. However while his theories may seem logical there is no evidence to support any of them and the similarities between the South Americans and the Polynesians and Egyptians are merely coincidental. The recounting of the voyages are factual although some of the equipment on display is not the actual equipment used. Whether there were translation issues or what but some of the facts presented were just wrong. For example the whale shark was described as a mammal when it is in fact the largest fish species currently alive. There is also cherry picking of evidence to support Thor's theories while other important and compelling studies are ignored. While a visit to the museum is an entertainment, it is important that visitors keep in mind the fringe and unsupported nature of the bulk of the information presented.
Such a cool museum. You learn a lot about this man, who may seem a bit loopy but haf a lot of great ideas and a huge heart for making the world a better place. The models of his ships really make you feel like you were there with him, and the films help bring his adventures to life.