Located on the Bygdøy peninsula, in west Oslo, the Kon-Tiki Museum houses a range of exhibits documenting the expeditions made by Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002), the Norwegian scientist, adventurer and environmentalist. This fascinating museum is an excellent destination for a family day out. The Kon-Tiki Museum is also close to a number of other museums in Oslo, including the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History and the Viking Ship Museum.
A world famous sea voyageVisitors to Oslo’s Kon-Tiki Museum can see Heyerdahl’s original Kon-Tiki raft as well as other exhibits relating to this world famous expedition. The expedition was followed up by several other spectacular journeys made by the same explorer, and the museum houses boats and artifacts from these as well. You can enjoy exciting displays on his boats Ra and Tigris, and on his journeys to Easter Island, Fatuhiva, Túcume and Galapagos. You can also catch the display of a whaleshark underneath the boat used during the Kon-Tiki trip, which is to scale so you can see its huge dimensions.
Who was Thor Heyerdahl?Larvik-born Thor Heyerdahl was a graduate of the University of Oslo and is known for the many expeditions that he led during his life. The most known of these was the Kon-Tiki Expedition of 1947, from which he gained worldwide fame. In this expedition Heyerdahl traversed the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft. His amazing journey inspired an Academy Award winning movie in 1950 and a second film in 2011.
If you are looking for accommodation for an eventful trip to Oslo, full of sightseeing, the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel makes the perfect base from which to explore this lively city. Ideally situated in the center of Oslo, the hotel has easy access to the city's public transport which makes it simple and quick to reach all of the capital’s most popular attractions, including the Kon-Tiki Museum.