Vikingship Museum - Viking Skip Museum, Oslo

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    Museum of Viking History

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    When I booked the tour for Oslo, I had thought that we might get to the Kon Tiki museum the Vasa Museum or the Vigeland museum. But instead, we stopped at the Viking Museum.

    Here we saw three huge old ships, the Gokstad Ship, the Oseberg Ship and the Tune Ship. These 3 ships were found in separate Royal burial mounds by the Oslo Fjord. The ships were buried with their royal owners along with a lot of other artifacts, some of which are on display at the museum.
    Oseberg ship was built around the year 800 AD, In 834 it was used as a burial ship for two special women.
    Gokstad ship was built in the late 800s AD. It was a sea-going ship and was found in 1879.
    Tune ship was built around the year 900 AD. It was probably an ocean-going ships, with a large square sail

    My granddaughter went up to take pictures of the inside from the balcony.

    We didn't buy any souvenirs here - not because we didn't want to, but because the people working there weren't that interested doing the work required to get up and come to the window to take our money. This was too bad because my daughter-in-law had asked me to get her a gnome, and this was the only place I saw one.

    OPEN...1. October to 30 April: 10-16
    1. May to 30 September: 9-18

    ADMISSION....Adults 60 nok Children 30 nok
    FREE ADMISSION WITH THE OSLO PASS

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    VIKING MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2012

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    The Viking Ship Museum is another Museum on Bygdøy. It is a little away from the other group, so we caught the Bus to here.

    As the name says, this Museum has displays of large Viking ships. Gee, these Ships were big!
    What a sight they must have been on the oceans, and how lucky was I, being able to stand alongside one these pieces of history.

    There are three Ships, the Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, all three are believed to be the best preserved Viking ships known, all found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord.
    These were burial ships carrying the dead and treasures such as wagons, horses and textiles from the Viking age, all exhibited at the museum.
    The museum also displays jewellery, weapons, vehicle tools and household goods from the Viking age across Scandinavia. Vikings ruled the region from the 8th to 11th centuries.

    Once again, it was another interesting Museum that we both enjoyed viewing. Before heading onto the next Museum on a cold and wet day, we had a hot chocolate at the outdoor Cafe.

    OPEN...10am to 6pm from January to April & October to December.
    9am to 6pm each day from May to September.

    ADMISSION....Adults 60 nok Children 30 nok
    FREE ADMISSION WITH THE OSLO PASS

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    The Vikingship museum and other artefacts.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    There are 3 original Viking ships at the Viking museum, the Gokstad Ship, the Oseberg Ship and the Tune Ship. The Gokstad Ship and the Oseberg Ship are very well preserved ships, unbelievably so, I must say. The Tune Ship is in worse condition, but still, seeing that it is so old, an excellent find. The Tune ship was the first ship to be found and is from ca 900. A skeleton of a man was found in the ship, some weapons and a skeleton of a horse.

    These 3 ships were found in seperate Royal burial mounds by the Oslo Fjord. The ships were buried with their royal owners along with a lot of other artefacts, some of which are on display at the museum, f.ex. the wagon and the sledges from the Oseberg grave, and others which are on display at The Historical museum in Oslo.

    The ships are more than 1.100 years old and it is breathtaking entering the museum being confronted by these old majestic Viking ships. With my Icelandic Viking roots maybe it was even more overwhelming for me than for people of other nacionalities? I don´t know, but to me it was a breathtakinging experience.

    The Oseberg Ship is the first ship as one enters the museum, then on the left hand side is the Gokstad Ship and on the right hand side is the Tune ship. One can walk up to small balconies to see the ships from above. Then at the end of the museum there are artefacts found in the mounds together with the ships. The Tune Ship was the first to be found in 1867. It was built in ca 900.

    Opening hours: every day from May-September from 9-18. In the winter months every day from 10-16.

    Admission fee: NOK 60.

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    The Oseberg Ship.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    The Oseberg ship was built ca 820. Here the "Oseberg Queen" was buried at ca 834. There were 2 women buried in the Oseberg Ship, a rich and powerful woman and her maid servant, found lying together in a bed. At the Historical museum there are some additional artefacts from the burial mound, f.ex. a saddle that was placed in the burial chamber aboard the ship. The burial chamber held personal belongings of these women. It is amazing really that the tradition back there was to bury rich and powerful people in their Viking ship. These ships were supposed to carry them to the realm of the dead. 12 horses were buried with these women.

    The ship is 21.5 metres long and 5 metres wide.

    There are artefacts from the Oseberg Ship at the Vikingship museum, f.ex. a richly decorated horse wagon and tapestry, along with harness equipment and decorative harness bow mounts (made of bronze and some with gold coating), rattles and a riding crop plus a saddle.

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    The Gokstad Ship.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    The Gokstad ship was built in ca 890 and in it a Chieftain was buried in ca 900. He was in his fourties when he died.

    The Viking ship is 23 metres long and 5 metres wide.

    At the Historical Museum in Oslo there are artefacts from the Gokstad Ship burial, f.ex. exquisite horse bridles for a Chieftain´s horse, made of lead. There were other bridles found in Borre made of bronze and gold. There was also a game board found in the ship. One sledge, a burial chamber and small boats were also found in the grave. They are on display by the Tune ship.

    Horses were buried with high ranking people and 12 horses were buried with the Chieftain, six dogs and a peacock??

    There were 32 painted shields on each side of the ship, so it must have looked magnificent.

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    Long Boats used for Funerals

    by fred98115 Updated Jun 21, 2011
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    There may be only three long boats in this museum, but two are in wonderful condition and extremely graceful. Thus they make great photographic subjects. Note that one of the three is in a fragile state and photography of it is not permitted. These are centuries old wooden vessels, discovered by archaeologists, and now restored. There are steps to an alcove so that the visitor can look down into the boats and see their interior layout.

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    Vikingskiphuset

    by Elena77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Vikingskiphuset (the Viking Ship Museum) in Oslo is part of the Museum of Cultural Heritage of the University of Oslo. You can find 3 original 9th century Viking dragonboats there: the ships of Tune, Gokstad and the probably most famous of all, the beautiful Oseberg ship!
    There also is an exhibition of amazing objects found in Viking tombs in the area of Oslo and also from the Borre grave field (Vestfold) such as: jewellery, tools, harness, household utensiles, smaller boats, textiles, sledges and a wonderfully ornamented cart.

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    Viking ships, ahoy!

    by tpk2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Vikin ship museum is a must-see for anybody even slightly interested in history. The museum displays three ships and founds from a viking chief's grave.

    Vikings used burial ships, which took the dead to the Other World and these ships were loaded with treasures. The museum has an exhibition of these treasures.

    Depending on the time of the year, the museum is open 9-18 (May-sep) or 11-16 (Oct-apr) every day.

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    Old sailors

    by Igraine Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The first museum we opted for was the Vikingship musuem. There were so much museums to choose from and only so much time :-(

    Immediatly when you enter this museum you can see the huge vikingship which gave the museum its name. They come from a digging in Vestvold where they were discovered early 20th century. These ships were used as burial ships. They date from around 900 AD.

    Have a look here Gokstad to have a look at the original finding place of the Gokstad ship.

    Sorry for this picture. I hope that on the roll still in my camera is a better pic.

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    The Viking Ship Museum

    by Umea6 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    contains three 9th-century Viking ships that were excavated from ritual burial mounds in the south of Norway. They are in excellent condition due to the clay in which they were embalmed. Viking ships were used as tombs for royalty who were buried with everything they might need after death.

    The biggest and best preserved of the ships is the Gokstad, and the finest is the Oseberg, a richly ornamented dragon ship with an intricately carved animal head post, that was the burial chamber of a Viking queen.

    Opening Time: Daily 9am to 6pm (May to September)
    11am to 4pm (October to April)

    Admission: NOK40 (adults), NOK20 (children)

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    The craft they used to conquer faraway lands!

    by Durfun Written Mar 10, 2010

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    In my opinion, one must visit this museum, to get a grasp of how these adventurers went about seeking new pastures :)

    Some boats here are amazingly well-preserved! Apparently, buried in the mud did them good!

    My first photo shows the almost organic lines of a Viking ship as seen from the front. This is the Gokstad ship made around 890 AD, 24m long, 5m wide. It could hold 32 oarsmen, and apparently a copy sailed across the Atlantic from Bergen to Chicago for the 1893 World Fair!

    Photo 2 shows a closeup of the clinker construction and carving on the prow. This is the Oseberg ship, made around 820 AD. These ships were used as burial vessels, and were excavated around 1900, extremely well preserved in mud.

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    Viking Ship museum

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 30, 2009

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    The Viking Ship museum, together with the Kon-Tiki museum, was the highlights of our trip.

    The museum shows the Norwegian viking history and what the Norwegian vikings contributed with. In exhibition they have 3 viking ships, 2 in good condition and 1 wreck - all made of oak.

    The first ship you see upon entering is the Gokstad (or Gaukstad) and it was excavated in 1880. It's 24 meters long by 5 meter wide. This ship was the model of the ship "The Icelander", built by a descendant of Leif Ericsson and used to sail between Iceland and USA in the year 2000.

    The second ship on display is the Oseberg. Excavated in 1904, this ship is 22 meter long by 5 meter wide.

    3 small ships from the Gokstad are on display with the third ship, a wreck called the Tune ship. In addition to the ships, artifacts from the era are also on display.

    As of Sept 2009, the admission fee for an adult is 50 NOK. Free with the Oslo pass.

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    Burial Ships

    by Donna_in_India Updated Aug 16, 2009

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    The Viking Ship museum (Vikingskipshuset) is a fascinating museum. The museum displays three large Viking ships that were found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord. The ships are very well preserved. These ships were burial ships used to carry the dead over to "the other world". They carried treasures as well which are also displayed in the museum.

    It was interesting to learn that the Vikings were really not nice people as there are stories of pillage (robbing) and rape.

    It was probably my 4th or 5th time visiting this museum and I always enjoy it. All 3 museums on Bygdoy - the Kon Tiki Museum, the Fram Museum, and the Viking Ship Museum are all must sees in Oslo.

    Admission:

    Family (2 adults + 2 children under age 16) NOK 125,-
    Adults NOK 50
    Children age 7-16 NOK 30
    Children under age 7 Free
    ** Free entrance with Oslo Pass

    Hours:

    May 2 - Sept 30: Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Oct 1 - April 30: Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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    The Viking Museum - a Must See

    by jumpingnorman Updated Jul 1, 2009

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    Frightened Europe closed their prayers in the times of the Vikings with "And deliver us from the Vikings, Amen".

    There are horror stories of rape, pillage and plunder, with the Vikings arriving in great ships - three of them are well preserved at this museum . There is the Oseberg ship from AD 834 and the Gokstad from AD950, and pictures within the museum show the conditions of these boats when they were found.

    Ships were also used by the Vikings as part of their funeral processions. Entrance is about 50 Kr.

    This is a nice museum and there are stair that you can go up to for a second level so that you can see the exhibits on the ground floor from above. I made sure i did not miss this in Norway!

    May-Sept 0900-1800, Oct-Apr 100-1600

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    Wooden cart

    by egonwegh Updated Jan 14, 2009
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    Detail of a wooden cart at the Vikingship Museum. The cart was found near one of the ships and it was apparently intended to be used by the deceased in afterlife.

    The ship burial at Oseberg also contained 13 decapitated horses - slaughter of dogs, horses and cattle seems to have been very common among the Vikings at burial ceremonies (Lit.: Lucas & McGovern, "Bloody Slaughter", European J. of Archaeology, April 2007)

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