Vikingship Museum - Viking Skip Museum, Oslo

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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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    by doug48 Written Aug 20, 2006

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    the vikingskipshuset, (viking ship museum) contains two of the world's best preserved viking ships. these ships are over 1000 years old. pictured is a viking burial chamber dating back to 900 AD. also on display is the oseberg wagon, the only viking wagon known to exist. a must see site when visiting oslo.

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    Viking Ship Museum

    by Bernd_L Updated May 30, 2006

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    In this museum you can see three large boats from the Viking period. These ships were used in burial mounds to carry their royal owners to heaven. Two of them are in a very good condition so you could imagine to use them instantly.

    Besides these ships you can see some findings from the graves (carved sledges, arms, textiles, tools and kitchen utilities) on display.

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    Viking Ship Museum

    by ChiTownMike Updated May 28, 2004

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    The Viking Ship Museum offers a visitors the chance to see 3 original Viking boats (burial boats) and a glimpse into the their lives. The boats are in excellent condition especially considering that they are from 800 AD. In addition to presenting the 3 boats, the museum has other Viking artifacts and does a good job providing a glimpse into how they lived. The museum is rather pricey given that it doesn't take a great deal of time to see. However, it is very unique and thus worth it to me. I figured that there are not too many other occasions in which I will be able to be standing a couple feet from 3 Viking burial boats that are over 1000 years old!

    This museum is best seen in conjunction with the Kon-Tiki museum as they are in the same area and do not take a great deal of time to see. I took a ferry boat from the harbor to Bygdoy which is where many of the museums are.

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    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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    by thelittlevoice Updated Jul 2, 2004

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    If you want to get a better idea of how the Vikings sailed around the world then the excellent Viking Ship Museum is your best port of departure. This museum houses Viking ship discoveries from Gokstad, Oseburg, Tune and around the Oslo Fjord. Here you will see the world's two best preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century. The ships were used as tombs for noble people and they were buried with everything they thought would be needed in the afterlife - jewels, food, furniture - even servants.

    The entrance fee is 40NOK if I'm not mistaken. 20NOK for children.

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    The Viking Ship Museum

    by xantylaol Written May 3, 2006

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    The Viking Ship Museum displays the large Viking ships Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, as well as founds from the chief grave at Borre in the Vestfold district. The three ships are the best preserved Viking ships known, found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo fjord.
    The viking ships were very effective ocean vessels and the Vikings are widely acclaimed to be the first to discover the Americas - 500 years before Christopher Columbus. See the below links for more information.

    The Museum - http://www.norway.com/directories/d_company.asp?id=671

    About the Vikings in general and the discovery of the Americas:

    http://www.cdli.ca/CITE/v_lanse.htm

    http://www.win.tue.nl/cs/fm/engels/discovery/viking.html

    http://historymedren.about.com/od/vikingsscandinavia/

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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

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    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 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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    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 Buckets

    by Igraine Updated Nov 12, 2003

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    They also found two buckets made from wood with metal bands around it. I liked the little man figure on the rim.

    On the bottom of this picture you can see some gold jewelly they found.

    What i also like are the pictures on the wall showing pictures of the original digging. It must have been huge!

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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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    The Oseberg Ship

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 5, 2005

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    The Oseberg ship was found in a large burial mound on the Oseberg farm, in Vestfold in 1904. The ship was built sometime between 815-820 AD, but was later used as a grave ship for a woman of high rank who died in 834 AD. The woman had been placed in a wooden burial chamber on the aft deck of the ship.
    The burial mound was constructed of layers of turf which preserved both the ship, and its rich contents of wooden objects, leather and textiles. The burial mound was plundered by grave robbers in ancient times and it is probably the reason why no jewellery or gold or silver objects were found in the grave.
    The 22 meter long ship was built of oak. The number of oar holes indicates thet the ship was rowed by a crew of 30 men. The ship had no seats, and the oarsmen probably sat on their own wooden ship's chests. The oars could be drawn in when the square starboard side. The Oseberg ship is less solidly constructed than the Gokstad ship. It was probably a royal pleasure craft used for short journeys in calm waters.

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    Vikingskipene

    by Cristian_Uluru Updated Oct 22, 2005

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    The wonderful House of the Viking boats was built in the 1926-1932 and inside it there are three original ships. The three Viking ships, from Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, were all found in burial mounds in the Oslo Fjord Area. they were excavated between 1867 and 1904. They were built during the 9th century AD, and later used as burial ships for wealthy men and women. In the Oseberg ship lay a woman and her slave girl, who had been buried in about 850 AD. Each of the other two ships held a man. They were both buried in 900 AD.

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    The Gokstad ship

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Oct 5, 2005

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    The Gokstad ship was found in a large burial mound on the Gokstad farm in Vestfold, and excavated in 1880. It was built around 890 AD, and later used as a grave ship for a Viking chieftain. the body lay in a grave chamber built of horizontal timber logs.
    The Gokstad ship burial was plundered by grave robbers in ancient time who probably removed all objects of gold or silver. In the museum you can see some of remaining Gokstad finds.
    The Gokstad ship is 24 meters long with room for 32 oarsmen. It is the largest of the Viking ship on display and also the most robust. Compared with the Oseberg ship, we see that the keel and keelson are larger and more solidly constructed, the side planking higher, and that, when sailing, the oar holes could be closed and sealed using wooden flaps. During excavation, archaeologists found the remains of 64 shields which had been arrached to the outside railings. While the Oseberg ship was a luxury pleasure craft, the Gokstad was a sturdy and practical vessel, capable of sailing the high seas.

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