Containing some of the world’s most well preserved Viking artefacts, this museum mainly exhibits Viking ships from Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune. The magnificent vessels, built in the 9th century, were used for both ocean crossings and burial rituals. Of great interest are the gifts given to the deceased. Also on display are sledges, beds, wood carvings, grave goods and buckets. The main attraction here is the Oseberg Ship, excavated from a burial mound in Tonsberg. The museum may look small, but it’s packed a lot of goodies into a very small space. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Oslo Itinerary 2 Days.
The Viking Ship Museum Travel Tips
- Parking is behind the museum. It is free in winter.
Entrance Ticket Details For The Viking Ship Museum
- Adults NOK 80
- Children under 18 Free
- Students/seniors NOK 50
- The ticket price also covers entry into the Historical Museum
How to Reach The Viking Ship Museum
- Bus no 30 stop Vikingskipshuset
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91.67% of people who visit Oslo include The Viking Ship Museum in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
84.59% of people start their The Viking Ship Museum visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see The Viking Ship Museum
89.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Viking Ship Museum
The Viking Ship Museum Reviews & Ratings
We got a combined ticket for this and the history museum which was a good deal. It doesn't take long to go around so maybe not worth it alone but if you're visiting the open air museum as well it's definitely worth it as it's about a 5 minute walk from the museum. The exhibits had some English translation which helped us get more info on everything which was helpful :)
The most important items in the history of Norway; this is the Crown Jewels. Massively important tip: get there early before the cruise crowds! The halls quickly fill with throngs of tourists, but you must not miss this. The ships are so vast, and instantly connect you with a distant and distinct past, so different from our lives today, and yet so familiar. Don't miss the skeletons of the the people found with the boats and read about the lives they might have led (and the deaths they died!) Fundamentally, nothing would be there without those people and the veneration they inspired. Although the treasures of the viking age are more captivating, more inspiring and more wonderful, we owe it all to those bones. If you can't avoid the crowds, still spend time admiring the careful patterns carved into the wood. Some of them have special meaning (with one symbol now appropriated by the far right!). The shop is well stocked. Be warned, they are planning big renovations soon.
Very good If you arrive by bicycle. People are awesome and they even have a chess replica from the Viking chess set found on the Outer Hybrids in Northwest of Scotland! The museum can be full of people, but everybody gets amazed by the complete documentation of the process of recovering the ships used in burial occasions. And also is is located near several other museums. Definitely worth the money (around 10€) and the visit! Lots of souvenirs inside the ticket hall.
It's not the biggest museum, so I got around it quite quickly. The ships at display are very well presented. The museum has arranged a few balconies. There was a movie projected onto the walls and ceiling of one of the creative chambers. However, I didn’t give 5 stars because it’s a bit small for the number of people inside.
I think this is the gem of Oslo. It is just incredible to see real Viking Ships. Definitely download the app with the audio guide as it is incredibly insightful and really helps guide you through the museum. It's not a very large museum, so you can see everything in an hour or two. Either way, it's small and mighty and my personal favorite museum in Oslo.