Famous Museums in Oslo

The museums in Oslo give the very essence of its citizens and rich culture. If you are looking for something deeper and more meaningful, head to the museums in city. Explore the cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical side of Oslo with these museums.
We have curated a variety of the best and free museums in city, besides the usual arts or historical ones. Explore and engage yourself with the wonders of science at the museum of science in Oslo. Get fascinated by the exceptional stories of heroes at war museums or memorials. You can go wow with your kids at the Natural history museums or enjoy some time at children's museums in Oslo.
Check out this list for an entertaining and enlightening trip to the museums in Oslo.

Let's explore the finest collection of museums in Oslo:

  1. Vigeland Museum And Park

    4.6 (3468 Votes)
    Vigeland Museum And Park

    Museum, Park

    Gustav Vigelands’s sculptures. It’s the museum’s only reason for being. The artist made a pact with the city to bequeath all his works to this museum on his death; they in turn would provide him an apartment to sculpt in peace. And sculpt he did - plaster, granite, bronze, marble, works in wrought iron, thousands of drawings for these, and woodcuts and woodcarvings. The museu...Read more
  2. The Viking Ship Museum

    4.4 (3553 Votes)
    The Viking Ship Museum


    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 att...Read more
  3. Norwegian Museum Of Cultural History

    Museum, History Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    This wonderfully engaging museum is the largest cultural museum in Norway. The exhibits cover Norwegian lifestyles from the 15th century onwards, through about 160,000 artefacts - folk dress, textiles, folk art, weapons, toys, musical instruments and work tools. There are also collections of professional and amateur photography (significantly the works of Anders Beer Wilse). But it’s the...Read more
  4. National Gallery

    4.5 (1948 Votes)
    National Gallery

    Art Museum, Museum

    This is administrated by the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, which includes the following in various locations around the city. Norwegian Museum of Architecture National Gallery of Norway Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Museum of Contemporary Art However, only the former two are located under this same building. The National Gallery of Norway houses the country’s l...Read more
  5. The Kon-tiki Museum

    4.5 (2808 Votes)
    The Kon-tiki Museum

    Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    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 t...Read more
  6. Astrup Fearnley Museum Of Modern Art

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Museum

    This contemporary art gallery focuses on Norwegian and international art. In the past the museum focused on acquiring works of German Abstract Expressionism, English modern painting, and Young British Artists, and now it begins to focus on contemporary American art. The museum may not appeal to everyone, but you never know until you visit. It’s got one of the best contemporary art collect...Read more
  7. Norwegian Museum Of Technology

    Museum, Science Museum, Observatory, Educational Site

    Through 25 permanent exhibits, the museum explores Norway’s technological journey from its agrarian roots to today’s industrialised cities. The exhibits showcase energy, oil, industry, medicine, and transportation for the most part. Occasionally special exhibitions are held in which these or related areas are analysed in depth. The exhibits are usually interactive, making this an ex...Read more
  8. Norwegian Maritime Museum

    4.4 (368 Votes)
    Norwegian Maritime Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, History Museum, Observatory

    Norwegian maritime history is very thoroughly explored in this fascinating museum. The collection was kicked off in the 1914 Jubilee Exhibition in Kristiania (Oslo). A hundred years later, the museum exhibits artefacts, arts, instruments, tools, and documents primarily as a measure to preserve and study and educate. You’ll also find Norway’s oldest boat, the Stokkebaten. A film on N...Read more
  9. Natural History Museum

    4.4 (230 Votes)
    Natural History Museum

    Museum, Outdoors, Garden, Botanical Garden

    Norway’s oldest and largest natural history began with the establishment of the Botanical Garden in 1814. Though the garden and the greenhouses are free, it’s best to combine it with the Zoological and Geological sections too. Their highlights are: Zoological Section: Norwegian Hall – Shows natural habitats in the order of their increasing heights. Zoographic Hall – Dio...Read more
  10. Armed Forces Museum

    4.5 (260 Votes)
    Armed Forces Museum


    Armed Forces Museum is dedicated to the Norwegian military forces that have put a significant impression on the history. This museum is sure to take you to the time of the Second World War. There are themes that showcase the events surrounding the union of Sweden and Denmark and also German attack on Norway. You can get discount offers with Oslo pass. This museum arranges exhibition programmes ...Read more
  11. Munch Museum

    4.1 (1607 Votes)
    Munch Museum

    Art Museum, Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    Edward Munch was a pioneering expressionist painter. Before his death, he bequeathed a large collection of works Oslo – this museum was born to house that collection. The museum is a near complete catalogue of all his works. It has nearly half of all the original paintings he ever did, and at least one copy of all the other prints. This translates into: 1200 paintings 18000 prints six sc...Read more
  12. The Ibsen Museum

    4.2 (317 Votes)
    The Ibsen Museum

    Museum, Observatory, Photo Gallery, Exhibition

    Henrik Ibsen is the world’s most frequently performed playwright after Shakespeare. His play, The Doll House, is the most popular play of the 20th century. Henrik and his wife Suzannah actually lived here for more than 11 years, though he abandoned it after the death of his wife. The house was restored in the 90s to its state in 1906. The interior decor and colors are entirely original. E...Read more
  13. Fram Museum - The Polar Ship Fram

    Museum, Educational Site, Exhibition

    The story of the Norwegian polar ship Fram is famous! It holds the record for being the ship that sailed both furthest north and furthest south. This museum tells its story and the story of the men who led the expeditions - Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen. You can step into the original interiors of the ship itself. You’ll also be able to step into a simulator that will...Read more
  14. Vigeland Park

    4.7 (16 Votes)
    Vigeland Park

    Museum, Park

    Vigeland Park is one of the largest sculpture parks displaying sculptures designed by a single artist. This park consists of 200 sculptures and all of them are life works of the famous sculptor named Gustav Vigeland. These sculptures are made from wrought iron, bronze, and granite and are placed at different areas like the main gate, children’s playground and at the Monolith plateau respe...Read more
  15. Holmenkollen Ski Museum And Ski Jump Tower

    4.5 (2493 Votes)
    Holmenkollen Ski Museum And Ski Jump Tower

    Museum, Adventure

    This large hill has been used as a ski-jump for over a hundred years! It’s hosted some of the most important ski moments and events. The jump itself is an intimidating, imposing looking structure of steel and concrete. The museum here is nearly as old as the tower itself. It’s exhibits cover: The history of skiing (there are skis-equipment here from 600 AD). Norwegian Polar Explora...Read more