Bygdoy - Oslo's Museum Centre, Oslo
A visit to Bygdoy is probably on most peoples list, as over here are many good Museums.
There are several ways to reach there.
We chose to go over by Ferry which was very nice. We passed by some interesting Boats, then nearer Bygdoy, there are some nice looking homes on the waters edge.
For our return journey, we caught the bus back and saw different scenery again. The Bus took us to Oslo city centre, just where we wanted to go and then walk around.
We had the Oslo Pass which gave us free transport for both modes of transport.
The Norwegian Maritime Museum has been here since 1914, and is located quite close to Fram Museum.
The displays are very well done, and include all aspects of the maritime industry in Norway.
I liked the large models of ships, quite a few with cut-outs on the side where I could see what the inside of the ship looked like. I also liked the models of the old sailing ships, couldn't get many good photos though because they were behind glass. The paintings were good too!
We watched a film that took us along the Norwegian Coast, a great film where we felt like it was us in the cockpit of the Plane - Excellent!
There was plenty to see here, and we both liked what we saw!
Tuesday to Friday: 10 - 3PM (Monday closed).
Saturday - Sunday: 10 - 4PM
Summer season 15 May - 31 August: Open every day 10 - 6PM
ADMISSION...Adults 60nok..... Children 30nok
FREE WITH OSLO PASS
Until 2014, parts of the museum will be closed when we build new exhibits.
Bygdøy island is called the Museum island as there are so many extraordinary museums there. I have visited 5 of them, The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Fram Museum, Norsk Folkemuseum, The Vikihg Ship Museum and The Norwegian Maritime Museum. I skipped The Holocaust Center.
Bygdøy island is a peninsula and bus 30 goes here from the city center and a ferry leaves from Aker brygge and has two stops at Bygdøy.
Here is also Oscarshall Castle and the Norwegian King´s official summer residence.
There are also several popular beaches on Bygdøy, see my tip on Huk beach.
There is quite a large residential area here and narrow streets, so it is easy to get lost there - I did ;) The Icelandic embassy is on Bygdøy. The original Norse name for Bygdøy is Bygðey, which is still used in Icelandic (the old Norse language) - we have "byggð" meaning a built area, which is the original meaning of the name of Bygdøy.
Bygdøy is a must visit while visiting Oslo - don´t miss it :)
There are several beaches on Bygdøy island - the one I visited is Huk beach - quite a lovely, popular beach. It is small and it gets crowded on a sunny day, seeing that it is so close to the center of Oslo - only ca 25 minutes away by bus - it is the bus´s final destination and the cruises Bygdøy island and stops at the museums before reaching the beach, that is why it takes so long by bus.
There is also a nudist beach there - I didn´t know that and first went there - not my style, so I went to the other beach. The nudist beach is on your right, if you don´t want to go there just keep on walking straight until you reach Huk beach.
It is quite lovely sunbathing here watching the myriads of boats and ships passing by. There is bathing as well, but some jellyfish so I didn´t get in.
The cliff on the beach is preserved, it is has got ancient sediments and fossiles.
There are toilets here free of charge and showers there.
There is a WW2 monument outside by the Fram museum on Bygdöy - Krigsseilermonumentet. It is in remembrance and in honour of the input the Norwegian sailors and mariners did during the war.
The monument was unveiled in 1980 by King Olav V. And every year on the 8th of May, the day the war ended, there is a ceremony by the Krigsseilermonumentet.
More than a thousand ships took part in WW2 and they carried 145 million tonne of important goods to the allies. More than half of the ships got lost and 4.500 sailors out of 35.000 lost their lives.
There are also statues by the Fram museum of Roald Amundsen and his crew, which was were unveiled in December 2011 on the 100th anniversary of them reaching the South-Pole. It is a popular photo spot, standing between the statues.
Peasants in Norway belonged to the manor owners. Their clothes and costumes matched where they lived. This was called, "frozen fashion". There is very little farm land in Norway and it's mostly stones. The houses were not put on the land, houses were placed around a "toun". The houses had dirt roofs that last for 100 years, and goats would eat the grass on roofs. Once again, so as not to use land.
Until the Protestant Reformation, the Vikings had saunas. No more Vikings - no more saunas - I don't really know.
We saw a school house which included a place for a teacher to sleep. We also saw a group of kids on a field trip here. Children's voices sound the same and so do the voices of the teachers and helpers. A universal sound. Funny. We also saw a lovely "Lady in Red" hydrangea sitting in the morning sun as we walked through a small garden area near the entrance to the park. All in all it was a lovely visit.
A very good idea for spending a sunny day in Oslo, is going on the ferry cruise to Bygdoey, where you can visit a lot of interesting museums, e.g.:
- Norsk Folkemuseum - Norwegian Folk Museum
- Vikingskipshuset - Viking Ship Museum
- Frammuseet - Fram Museum
- Kon-Tiki Museet - Kon-Tiki Museum
- Norsk Sjoefartsmuseum
If you are not interested in any of them, you can just spend a nice time on the ferry and then have a walk in the Bygdoey Peninsula, which is very beautiful itself.
The Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy is one of the two buildings comprising the Museum of Cultural History. In the Viking Ship Museum there are grave finds from Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and Borre.
In the Viking Ship Museum visitors enter and immediately face the Oseberg Ship. If one walks past the ship, one reaches the centre of the museum, with artefacts from the Oseberg discovery right in front, the Gokstad Ship to the left and the Tune Ship to the right. The Museum also has a balcony that is open to the public with a beautiful view from above of the Oseberg Ship and Gokstad Ship. On the mezzanine above the entrance there are thematic exhibitions. Starting in May 2004 there will be an anniversary exhibition on the excavation of the Oseberg Ship. The museum also has a museum shop with books, posters, post cards, souvenirs and jewellery. In the summertime food and mineral water are sold from the kiosk outside the museum.
Bygdoy is where most of Oslo's museums are located and is definitely worth a visit - in particular the Vikingship Museum where there are 3 carefully preserved Viking ships plus exhibitions on the life of the Vikings and the Fram Polar ship which has been further north and further south than any other ship in the world (particularly striking are the photos of the ship completely covered in snow and surrounded by ice near one of the Poles)
The Vikingship Museum is NOK 40 for audults and NOK 20 for children
The Fram Polar Museum is NOK 30 for adults and NOK 15 for children
I really recommend you to visit Bygdoy suburb and museums there. It has really interesting place with expositions of history of Norway.
Especially I have been delighted about Vikings' ships - I have never seen so interesting, so big, full of art ships. Such ships haven't been produced in Lithuania.
Yes, there is that Bus 30 ride which goes to Bygdoy, and I also had the hop-on hop-off bus ticket but the buses were not too many on that Sunday and kinda long to wait for...
And so I decided on also taking the boat ride...(Besides travel-writer Rick Steve's said riding the ferry will get me on a seafaring mode...lol).
The boat ride starts off right across the non-assuming city hall ---
It is a "Batservice" port with Bygdoy written at the side of the boat and I asked how much the ticket was and lady said 34 NOK ($6) -- and you pay in the boat and they hand over two 17 NOK tickets. I asked if it was roundtrip and she said I have to re-board the boat by 4 PM ( and I was going to Bygdoy at about 1 PM) -- so is that a 3 hour window period only? Well, just ask if your ticket is roundtrip and if there are time limits. Because according to the schedule, it seemed that that 10 minute boat ride is available until past 8 PM???
Anyway, it was a nice short ride with the first ferry stop for the Viking and Folk museum and then apparently the boat will stop a second time at another port for the Fram and Tiki museums. Once off at the first stop, just walk ahead the only street and at the very end, you will see the sign of the Viking museum. Over-all a nice short ride on little boat with nice wooden seats and friendly staff...I will try to attach a video here in my Oslo page
Update from a fellow VTer:
lille_oslo Tue Oct 27, 2009 04:28 MST
The Bygdøy boat has the same ticket as every bus/tram/tube in Oslo. So if you had a "hop-on-hop-off"-ticket (or "Oslo Pass") for the bus you could just have used that for the boat, too. Or use a Day Card for 65 kr.
On day one, after you have seen Vigelandsparken and the City Hall, it's time for the most popular tourist destination in Oslo - the Bygdøy peninsula with its museums. In summer go to the pier which lies right opposite the City Hall rear and take the boat #91. There are two stops: the first one is for Norwegian Folk Museum (Folkemuseet) and Viking Ships museum, and the second one - for Kon-Tiki, Fram and Norwegian Maritime Museums. If you want to see the Norwegian Folk Museum or the Viking Ships, then you should go off at the first stop, have a one-kilometer-walk, then walk around the museums and walk back to catch another boat to Fram and Kon-tiki. This sounds like too much walking. So my advice is to go to Folkemuseum on the #30 bus on your spare day (e.g. on day 4, after you've seen the "must-see-in-three-days"), combining it with a later bus #30 ride to the beach at Huk, where you can bathe and have fun during summer time. As for the Viking Ship museum, in my view it is least exciting and you can well spare it for your next visit to Oslo. So, take boat #91, go off at the second stop and explore Norway's great explorers: Kon-Tiki and Fram!
Bygdoy has many important museums in Oslo: The viking ship museum, the Norwegian Folk Museum, The Kon-Tiki, the Fram Museum, The Norwegian Maritime museum and the Oscar Hall. you can visit them from center city by bus 30 or boat 91.
A 10-minute ferry ride across the harbour takes you to the Bygdøy peninsula where visit the norwegian folk museum, and the viking ship museum, and the kon tiki museum...
if you take the day pass(45kr) the ferry ride is included in it, i think...
A couple of museums are situated in this area but we only went to the Viking Ship Museum & the Folke Museum.
- The Folke museum
An outdoor museum with replicas of houses in the different time periods in Norway & it was great! The picture shows a replica of a medieval church.
- Viking Ship Museum
Displays 3 burial vessels uncovered in Norway. Was not as impressive as i had imagined it to be but nevertheless, it is worth a visit.