Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
Discover more about Norway and its people at the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History on the Bygdøy peninsula, to the west of Oslo. This fascinating museum is the perfect place to spend the day, whatever the weather, as it features a wide range of indoor exhibits as well as the oldest open air museum in the world.
Explore the FolkemuseumThe museum, also known as Norsk Folkemuseum, contains exhibits relating to the Norwegian way of life from the beginning of the sixteenth century to the present. The open-air section of the museum features more than 150 buildings from different historical periods, including the Stave Church from Gol, which was constructed during the 12th century. Inside you can enjoy interesting exhibits of folk costumes, folk art, toys and displays tracing the history of the country’s Sami culture.
Experiences and interactivityIf you are traveling with children, this is the perfect place to spend a day with the whole family. In addition to the many exhibits, the museum offers a wide range of activities. What better way is there to tour the open-air museum than the old way, with horse and carriage. Inside the old, wooden houses you can watch the interesting process of baking traditional Norwegian lefse, enjoy the amazing smell and, of course, taste the result. During summer time there are farm animals grazing the fields, and you can even help the staff during feeding rounds. Summer is also time for folk dancing, while December is the time for an evocative Christmas market.
The museum is located only a ten minute drive from the stylish Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo, and is also close to a number of other museums, including the Kon-Tiki Museum and the Viking Ship Museum. The hotels’ city center location makes it an ideal base for anyone wanting to go sightseeing.