10 Top Tourist Attractions in Oslo

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Kon Tiki Museum

This museum features the story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian ethnographer and nature explorer. In 1947, he led a four-person crew that traveled across the Pacific Ocean by using simple technology, including balsawood rafts to cross the ocean.

A lot of the exhibits in the museum involve the research that Heyerdahl did. The museum also features a collection of artifacts and cultural treasures from various peoples in the Pacific Ocean region.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress, located on the hill of Akershus just by the Oslo Central Station, was built in 1686. It was first used as a military garrison, and later became a royal residence.

The fortress is made of stone and has four main buildings, two of which are still used by the royal family.

The main building has a guardhouse, stables, reception rooms and is the only one open for the public. The facilities are beautiful, all with history to them. The stables are open on a limited schedule in the summer, while the reception rooms are open to the public during the summer.

While the name of the Akershus Fortress is believed to have come from the river Akers River in Oslo, it is not known how the name came to applied to this fortress. Some have suggested that it was built on a former site of Viking fortress.

Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Folkemuseum is a fine arts and man-in-history museum. It remains the largest and oldest of the museums in Oslo, and has done a great job at preserving the history of the country. Opened in 1930, it also museums the history of other areas such as the north-east of Norway and the Myklebust Art Museum.

The main branch is located in West Oslo, but the museum has another major branch in the east of the city.

Besides the museums themselves, Norsk Folkemuseum also have important collections of Norwegian and foreign art. The exhibitions are able to offer museum visitors a pretty diverse look into the many cultural and historical aspects of Norway.

The museum itself displays the country’s cultural heritage in its many millions of artefacts, from medieval pieces in the Norwegian section, to the illuminated 13th Century Codex (the oldest book in Scandinavia) in the Art section. But there is so much more than that!

The museum also presents a small historical outpost. You can spend an entire afternoon discovering Norwegian culture from the Vikings right up to the present day. You can even get in the time machine and learn about the country’s history from the Bronze Age right up to modern times!


Holmenkollen Ski Museum

National Museum of Oslo

This museum features Norwegian culturual art, design, and history. It also includes a medieval section that features the oldest wheel in Europe. The museum is located on the bay in the very heart of Oslo.

Fram Museum

This exhibition includes many treasures and hand-made models of the Fram built between 1897 and 1938.

The building constructed in 1897, the year the Fram set sail, is preserved in its original state. Here you will see the Fram as a ship and as a museum.

The Fram Museum is one of Oslo’s top tourist attractions, and the oldest and most significant maritime museum in Norway.

During the annual Fram Festival, which takes place during June and July, the ship is opened up for visitors to take a look at the lifesaving equipment used onboard, to experience what living onboard was like in the early 1900s, and listen to a concert while sitting inside some of the ship’s cabins.

When you travel to Oslo, the Fram Museum should be on your list of things to see. This is one of the best attractions in the city because you can truly walk back in time. From the observation deck to the museum and inside the ship, you are immersed in the early 1900s.

The museum also offers a number of educational and entertaining lectures during the winter and summer seasons.

Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House is the seat of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. It is one of the most significant opera houses across Europe and the world. The Opera House is also the venue for a variety of public and private events.

The building is notable for its glass front building and its sleek exterior design. The interior consists of the auditorium that is the setting for the opera performances, the 492-seat Great Hall, and the opera boxes. The side of the building is also used for showing art.

This is one of the very popular tourist attractions in Oslo. The building and the Opera is very popular among all.

Vigeland Park

Viking Ship Museum