Vikingship Museum - Viking Skip Museum, Oslo

4.5 out of 5 stars 68 Reviews

Don't miss these tickets and tour deals!
Get best Vikingship Museum - Viking Skip Museum rates on Viator
  • Carved wagon
    Carved wagon
    by ainsleigh
  • Oseberg Ship
    Oseberg Ship
    by ainsleigh
  • Gokstad Ship
    Gokstad Ship
    by ainsleigh

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • ainsleigh's Profile Photo

    Norwegian Cultural Treasures

    by ainsleigh Written Aug 7, 2016

    The Vikingskipshuset features three of the most well-preserved viking ships in the world; The Oseberg Ship, The Gokstad Ship, and the Tune Ship are considered to be among Norway's greatest cultural treasures. These 9th century ships were Viking burial ships used to send important high-ranking citizens and chieftains into the next life, and so were also packed full of items presumed necessary for the afterworld such as sleds, wagons, clothing, jewelry, food and ceramics. The intricately carved sleds and animal heads were especially beautiful and memorable.
    The exhibit is quite small, can easily be managed in an hour, and was pretty pricey for the size but not when you consider what you're looking at and the enormous efforts that must be taken to reassemble and preserve the centuries-old wood. Consider that the Oseberg Ship dates from the 9th century and is 90% original wood! The ships were excavated in 1880-1910 from Viking burial sites around Oslofjorden and were encased in rocks and blue clay so it was quite the process- the museum also does a nice job of explaining how they got the ships from the ground to the museum if you're interested. All in all it's an interesting and cool little museum that gives some perspective into the culture and lives of the vikings.

    Oseberg Ship Gokstad Ship Carved animal head Carved wagon

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • TheAndos's Profile Photo

    Viking Ship Museum

    by TheAndos Written Aug 17, 2014

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Oslo is easy to walk around. In the summer take a ferry from the quay to the island where there are 3 museums K50, but over 67 y o it is K30 return. It is about 1km up to the Viking Boat Museum, whole boats preserved and on display. Entry is K80 or K40 for seniors.

    Afterwards, follow the signs and walk to the Fram (which we really enjoyed) and Kon Tiki Musuems, and then pick up the return boat to the city quay.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/

    Viking Ship

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • grandmaR's Profile Photo

    Museum of Viking History

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 21, 2013

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo, Norway

    Directions: You can take the bus and boat to Bygdøy.

    Phone: 22851900

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/besok-oss/vikingskipshuset/

    The Oseberg Ship Prow Museum entrance Ship from the floor ship from the balcony exhibit in the museum
    Related to:
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • balhannah's Profile Photo

    VIKING MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Aug 30, 2012

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Address: Huk Aveny 35,

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/vikingskipshuset/

    Viking Museum Viking Museum Viking Museum Viking Museum Viking Museum
    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Regina1965's Profile Photo

    The Vikingship museum and other artefacts.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, Bygdöy

    Directions: Bus no 30. If you have come by the Bygdöy ferry 91, then the first museum is Norsk folkemuseum. From there walk up Langviksveien.

    Phone: 22135280

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/vikingskipshuset/

    A sledge from the Oseberg grave. A wagon from the Oseberg grave.

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Regina1965's Profile Photo

    The Oseberg Ship.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/utstilling/faste/vikingskipene/oseberg.html

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Regina1965's Profile Photo

    The Gokstad Ship.

    by Regina1965 Updated Jun 14, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • fred98115's Profile Photo

    Long Boats used for Funerals

    by fred98115 Updated Jun 21, 2011

    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.

    First ship on entering museum First ship in museum Detail of the bow View of interior from the alcove detail of the structure
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Elena77's Profile Photo

    Vikingskiphuset

    by Elena77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo

    Directions: Bygdöy, Oslo

    Phone: +47 22 43 8379

    Oseberg Ship Gokstad Ship Tune Ship Ornamented cart as part of Viking grave goods Oseberg Ship
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits
    • Archeology

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • tpk2's Profile Photo

    Viking ships, ahoy!

    by tpk2 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, N-0287 Oslo, Norway

    Directions: Take Bus no. 30 to Bygdø or a Bygdøy ferry from the city hall.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Igraine's Profile Photo

    Old sailors

    by Igraine Updated Apr 4, 2011

    4 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35

    Directions: Access :
    Bus no. 30 Bygdøy from Nationaltheatret (the National Theatre).
    The Bygdøy ferry from Rådhuskaia (near Oslo City Hall) to Dronningen (in the summer).

    Phone: 47 22 13 52 80

    Oseberg ship
    Related to:
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Umea6's Profile Photo

    The Viking Ship Museum

    by Umea6 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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)

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, Bygdøy Peninsula

    Directions: - Bus 30 from the National Theatre
    - Ferry 91 from Pier 3 behind the City Hall

    Phone: +47 2213 5280

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Durfun's Profile Photo

    The craft they used to conquer faraway lands!

    by Durfun Written Mar 10, 2010

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Gokstad, capacity 32. Fine clinker construction of Oseberg
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture
    • Photography

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • marielexoteria's Profile Photo

    Viking Ship museum

    by marielexoteria Updated Sep 30, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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.

    Address: Huk Aveny 35

    Directions: Ferry 91 from pier 3 at Rådhusbrygge (summer only) to the stop called Dronningen and then a short walk, or bus 30 from Jernbanetorget, towards Bygdöy and get off at the stop "Vikingeskipene".

    Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/vikingskipshuset/

    The Gokstad The Oseberg The Tune ship
    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner
  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo

    Burial Ships

    by Donna_in_India Updated Aug 16, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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

    Address: Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo

    Directions: Getting there:
    Bus no. 30 to Bygdøy, every 15 minutes from Jernbanetorget (by Oslo train station) and the National Theatre.

    The Bygdøy ferries goes from Rådhuskaia (near Oslo City Hall) to Dronningen during the summer.

    Phone: 47 22 13 52 80

    Website: http://www.visitoslo.com

    Viking Ship
    Related to:
    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology
    • Museum Visits

    Was this review helpful?

    Add to your Trip Planner

Instant Answers: Oslo

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

15 travelers online now

Comments