Oslo is a city that balances urban and natural life in a beautiful way. You can easily enjoy your time in the Norwegian capital strolling around the wildlife or admiring the stunning architecture, but what about the other attractions?
As one of the world’s largest capitals for area, Oslo has many protected landmarks, parks, forests, bars and shops. But to really experience Norwegian culture and its history, you should spend some time inside Oslo’s best museums.
If you have booked or are looking to book a cruise to Norway, make sure that you include these on your must-visit list.
The best museums in Oslo
National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
Holding Norway’s most extensive collection, the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design has to be spread across a number of venues.
The exhibition extends across to the National Gallery, the National Museum of Architecture and the Museum of Contemporary Art. With more than 400,000 objects in its collection, it is a huge display of hundreds of years of Norway’s creative background.
Natural History Museum & Botanical Gardens
Norway’s largest collection of its kind, the Natural History Museum includes the Geological Museum, the Zoological Museum and even the Botanical Gardens.
When the sun is shining in Oslo, the stunning Botanical Gardens are an absolute must-see. Featuring over 7,500 plant species native to Norway and from around the world, the gardens are over 200 years old and have become one of the most popular attractions in the city.
The Munch Museum – pronounced ‘moonch’ – has a collection of around 1,100 paintings, 18,000 prints, 700 motifs, 7,000 drawings and 13 sculptures.
One of the most significant artists of Modernism, Edvard Munch, produced work for over 60 years from his debut piece in the 1880s until his death in 1944. A pioneer of expressionist art, he was a tenacious artist credited for his experimental works across painting, film, photography, drawings, sculptures and graphic art.
The Viking Ship Museum
Situated on the Bygdøy peninsula, the Viking Ship Museum houses the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and findings from the Oslo Fjord.
The ship was discovered in 1903 by Knut Rom, a farmer, who also found skeletons and other grave artefacts. The whole collection contains three of the best preserved ships in the world, all of which were unearthed between 1867 and 1903 – having been buried for almost a millennium.
The museum highlights the discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune ships, as well as smaller boats, carts and tools.
Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
During your cruise to Norway, why not take a trip to the oldest ski museum in the world? Placed in the side of the mountain below the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, the Ski Museum opened back in 1923 and remains the oldest of its kind in the world. Here you can trace the history of skiing back 4,000 years through the varying exhibits and displays.