The Kon-Tiki Museum (Norwegian: Kon-Tiki Museet) is a museum in the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo, Norway. It houses vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition, as well as a library with about 8,000 books. It was opened in a provisional building in 1949. In 1957, the current building—designed by architects F. S. Platou and Otto Torgersen—was opened. In 1978, an extension of the museum designed by Torgersen was opened.
The museum was originally built to house the Kon-Tiki, a raft of balsa wood of pre-Columbian model that Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl used to sail from Peru to Polynesia in 1947. Another boat in the museum is the Ra II, a vessel built of reeds according to Heyerdahl's perception of an ancient Egyptian seagoing boat. Heyerdahl sailed the Ra II from North Africa to the Caribbean after a previous attempt with the reed boat Ra failed.
Devin Kanzler | Mar 30, 2018
Really amazing exhibits! I learned so much about the sailor Thor and his adventures. They have a great gift shop as well. Free with the Oslo Pass. There were exhibits, movies, artifacts, and more. There is truly something for everyone at this museum. It's also in close proximity to two others and the bus/ferry.
Dan Grimes | Mar 30, 2018
It was cool seeing his many adventures. This guy was a true explorer. I found it more interesting than the others around here. Worth a visit
Julie Irish | May 1, 2018
Did the Viking Museum first, then the Kon TIki. All the information is in english in both, though my friend only had his reading glasses so couldn't see the info at a distance. Get there in time to see the film, then start upstairs with the first raft and then follow along the time line. It is amazing what Thor Heyerdahl achieved. Loved it. Then got the ferry back to the city.
Shelby Procko | Apr 8, 2018
Very cool place! A lot of good information and a look into the life of the man who changed the world's view on Sea travel.
Samuel Soo | Apr 20, 2018
One of my highlights of my time in Oslo. The story of the Kon-Tiki is inspiring in itself, and presented really well here. One of the places that I would recommend checking out.
Gail Duffy | May 20, 2018
Not the first time I've been here, but still find things out each visit. Took my seven year old granddaughter this time and she was fascinated by the story and the exhibits. Thor Heyerdahl and his companions were childhood heroes of mine and I find myself slipping back to the child who dreamed of joining them crossing the Pacific or the Arabian Seas. 'Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people. Borders I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people.
Kjell H Lund | May 27, 2018
Its a small but an exciting museum full of interesting items. Even the boats the famous adventurer Thor Heyerdahl used
Horia Calborean | May 27, 2018
I read the book and i said that I must see the boat. The ticket price was quite high for a romanian salary but I do not expect to go there every day. The museum is nice. A bit small. They have two of the boats,that the guy, that I do not remeber the name now,, traveled in. Good information but after reading the book not much more. And I did not feel any emotion when seeing the boat, except that it was small. I wen to the Fram next door which was gret and I recommend you to buy a combined ticket.
Mark Priest | Jul 2, 2018
I was totally ignorant about this fantastic voyage. We ran into an American living in Oslo and he told us it was an interesting museum. My wife read the book as a kid and really wanted to see it. I loved this place and the whole adventure of Thor and his crew. Can’t wait to read the book when I get home! A really interesting museum. Crowded bus to and from was the only negative.
Dennis D | Jun 27, 2018
Very nice museum. Very helpful employees. Lots of information about thor and his journeys. Unfortunately i couldn't read alot of it because i had a inpatient toddler on my back 😁. But fortunately there was alot to see also.
Nykle Krijgsveld | Jun 30, 2018
I had never heard of the story so we made a guess by conning in. The student price of 50 kroner was very affordable with the other musea in mind so we were very curious about what to expect.. Coming into the museum you immediately meet the huge original kin-tiki raft which lies there renovated in very nice historic details. Surrounding the raft on the wall is the kon-tiki story with artefacts, and on children's eyelevel there is a simplified version, illustrated with talking sealife! A very nice museum when you don't mind reading!
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