Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), at Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway, is a museum of cultural history with extensive collections of artifacts from all social groups and all regions of the country. It also incorporates a large open-air museum with more than 150 buildings, relocated from towns and rural districts.
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is situated on the Bygdøy peninsula near several other museums, including the Viking Ship Museum; the Fram Museum; the Kon-Tiki Museum; and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.
Jacqueline Telljohann-Smothers | Feb 20, 2018
I'll precede my review with the fact that I'm not a big fan of museums. As far as museums go, this one is higher on my last because it's outside and a bit more interactive, but still not at the top of my list of things to do. My favorite part of this was the architecture of the buildings. I've of the old churches was absolutely gorgeous. I also thought it was really cool that they had grass growing on the roof of a lot of the buildings. It was interesting to see what a town might have been like, but we didn't really find it entertaining enough to spend more than an hour or two there. The candy shop was cool, but unfortunately they only accepted cash, so we weren't able to try any candy. If you have kids, I definitely think this would be a good stop. Otherwise, it's not a bad stop, but I wouldn't say it's a must see in Oslo.
Margarida Afonso | Feb 25, 2018
This open air museum is a must go in Oslo. You can spend a full day there. It is actually a big park where houses and farms from different place in Norway (and from different times) have been relocated to. You'll find several farms (including one with animals), a church, a school, a hut from the native nomads that lived in the territory, etc. Some are several centuries old, other from the last century. You can get inside all the buildings so you can see how it was to live in Norway over the ages.
Gareth Wilson | Feb 13, 2018
Fascinating place. The Stave Church in particular am impressive site. just a short walk from the Viking Ship Museum so you can do both in a morning. If you buy an Oslo travel pass you can get into both for free
Clifton Lynsdale | Mar 2, 2018
A must for people interested in the past. Requires bus, tram or car to access. Admission is not expensive and is included in the Oslo pass. It takes about 3-4 hours to visit. On site is a busy cafe, ethnic museum and lots of buildings from Norway's past including vat Stave Church, school, pharmacy, sweet shop and performance area. It is also the venue for the very popular annual Christmas market. The shop has a wide choice of souvenirs. Many of the buildings have access some with people in original costume. Check it out. Nearby are many of Oslo's museums.
Tetiana Gural | Jan 28, 2018
A nice and quiet place with wooden houses from different historical periods and various Norwegian regions. Would rather recommend visiting during a warm period, since a lot of attractions are closed during a winter time (for example, a farm and a market). Good location for long walks in the nature.
Saulius Eidukas | Apr 29, 2018
Very interesting, informative, it is a summary of various architecture styles of traditional houses and ways of planing found across regions in Norway. Super cozy, but be prepared to walk quite a lot and it is hilly. You can enter some of the houses and view inside. There are some events that might be going on if u are lucky, u might get coffee or pancakes or some other traditional food. Maybe not so attractive if the weather is bad, since most of the exposition is outside
Roberta Migliore | Mar 25, 2018
If you got a day pass or more then it's worth a visit. You can see how life was in Norway in the different centuries. The bus 30 leave you just in front of it. If you are in Oslo with kids it's a must visit. They will like it as it's an open space, they can buy some candy, try some traditional waffle and have a nice horse's tour. Dogs friendly area too.
Alex Luff | Mar 31, 2018
Fun few hours walking around seeing carefully replicated dwellings from various regions of Norway and eras of history. Animals in the Unit Farm provide a fun change of pace when you find them. Entry is reasonably priced considering they are constantly renovating and changing what's in the park.
Daniel Dinu | Apr 9, 2018
Very nice museum. It has an outside section where Norwegian houses from different time periods can be visited, as well as an indoor section with all sorts or exhibitions focused on Norwegian folklore. Worth visiting especially in the summertime.
Debbie Ray | May 23, 2018
Oslo has some great museums, but the folk museum is quite different. Built in a large area, there are structures set up to show how inhabitants stayed in various centuries, their garments, life style. Their food, places of worship have been constructed to show their life. Part of it is still under making. An enjoyable visit, you could easily spend half a day or more. There’s a restaurant inside and a small cafe as well. Worth visiting.
Robert Sears | May 28, 2018
Informative, exploratory, and everything that an outdoor museum should include - plus coffee! Taking the time to come out and wander the reconstructed village, the exhibits, and try some freshly baked lefse was a great time. The stavkyrkje was also a fine draw when you find it! A lot of the roads are dirt or gravel, and so if it has rained at any point recently it might be better to take shoes that won't be bothered by wet or mud. Other than that the experience was pleasant and informative - the perfect level for a museum. There are also activities aimed at children, so feel free to bring them - the distance walking might be a bit much for younger family members, so be prepared, but it can be a fun time for them as well!
Ben Long | Jun 26, 2018
We intended to spend a couple hours here and ended up spending twice that. If you're not pressed for time, don't skip the interior exhibits (in the building where you buy tickets). There is a lot of interesting Norwegian history, and it really sets the stage for the open air museum. The buildings, most transported here from elsewhere in Norway, are amazing. It really gives you a sense of what it could have been like in centuries past. The smell of the exhibits is also delightful. The entire experience was fantastic - if you're looking to learn about historic life in Norway, there is no better place.
E Gray | Jul 5, 2018
Quite a wonderful collection of Norwegian architecture, these buildings represent village life. They are grouped by the villages from which they came. At the top of the hill stands a magnificent Stave church, not to be missed. There are demonstrations of crafts, music, and dancing. Artisans are dressed in period costumes. There are carriage rides. There is a gift shop and cafe located near the entrance. Some of the slopes may be too steep for a wheelchair, even with assistance. There are also rocks and roots on some of the paths that may pose trip hazards.
Veronica Hilton | Jun 18, 2018
This park is wonderful. When we went, it was raining on and off, so there were no crowds. I learned so much about different eras of Norwegian life. We didn't have time to make it to every corner of the park, it's huge. The gardens are absolutely beautiful as well. I especially enjoyed the folk art exhibit and learning about crafting throughout the years. This is also a great place for many beautiful photo opportunities.
Susan Merlo | Jun 13, 2018
Exceeded all my expectations. Truly interesting open air museum. You can explore the interior of most houses and have a wonderful trip in time and Norwegian culture. You will need at least three hours to have fun. A must do in Oslo
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