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62 Museums to explore in Norway


The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world. It has the world's largest sovereign wealth fund, with a value of US$1 trillion. Norway has had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world since 2009, a position also held previously between 2001 and 2006.

Astrup Fearnley Museum
Astrup Fearnley MuseumFru Kroghs brygge, 0252 Oslo, Norway

Contemporary art museum with a swimming pool and great views of Oslo harbor.

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern ArtStrandpromenaden 2, 0252 Oslo, Norway

A beautiful museum that has a large collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The museum complements works from the permanent collection by rotating exhibitions with internationally renowned artists. The building is designed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. It is made up of three pavilions that reside under one distinctive glass roof, which is shaped like a sail.

Borgarsyssel Museum
Borgarsyssel MuseumGamlebygata 8, 1721 Sarpsborg, Norway

The museum was named after Borgarsysla, the Old Norse name of Østfold county. Borgarsyssel Museum holds an extensive collection of artifacts and old objects from different periods of time. In addition, there are about 20 old buildings showing Østfold's history from medieval to the present time.

Borgund Stave Church
Borgund Stave ChurchVindhellavegen 606, 6888 Borgund, Norway

It was the church for the Lærdal parish until 1868 when it was closed and turned into a museum. The brown, wooden church was built in a stave church style around the year 1200. The museum now run by the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Norwegian Monuments.

BreheimsenteretBrevegen, 6871 Jostedal, Norway

The Breheimsenteret is a museum and one of the three visitors centers for Jostedalsbreen National Park. The center was generally open from 1 May until 1 October. The center lay near to the glacier arm Nigardsbreen.

Bryggens Museum
Bryggens MuseumDreggsallmenningen 3, 5003 Bergen, Norway

Bryggens Museum is a museum located in Bergen, Norway. It was established in 1976.

DomkirkeoddenStrandvegen 100, 2315 Hamar, Norway

One of Norway's largest medieval museums paves light into the history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until today. The glass structure covering the cathedral ruins is the main attraction,and from here we can know about the story of how the church was destroyed. They also get to experience the fantastic acoustics as the guides show off their singing skills.

Drammen Museum
Drammen MuseumKonnerudgata 7, 3045 Drammen, Norway

Drammen Museum is located in the center of Drammen, on the southern side of the Drammen River. The museum has a large library, photographic collection, and archives covering the history of both Drammen and Buskerud. The Fine Art Collection consists primarily of Norwegian art and contains masterpieces from the 1800s.

Fetsund Booms
Fetsund BoomsLundveien 3, 1900 Fetsund, Norway

The Fetsund Booms are a Norwegian national cultural heritage monument, and they are preserved as an outstanding cultural heritage and a living museum with workshops for traditional crafts, cafes, and museum shops.

Fredriksten fortress
Fredriksten fortressGeneralveien 27, 1769 Halden, Norway

This Fortress was constructed by Denmark-Norway in the 17th century. The fortress is home to several museums and art exhibitions.

Frogner Park
Frogner ParkKirkeveien, 0268 Oslo, Norway

It contains the well-known Vigeland installation- a permanent sculpture installation created by Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. The sculpture park consists of sculptures as well as larger structures such as bridges and fountains.

Glacier Museum
Glacier MuseumFjærlandsfjorden 13, 6848 Fjærland, Norway

The museum's stated purpose is to "collect, create and disseminate knowledge about glaciers and climate". It provides information about the glacier Jostedalsbreen and the Jostedalsbreen National Park.

GrimdalstunetBorsævegen 395B, 3880 Dalen, Norway

Grimdalstunet is an old farmyard, now a museum, in the hamlet Skafså in Tokke municipality, Telemark. It is known as an artist's home as the sculptor Anne Grimdalen was born and raised here.

Gulskogen Manor
Gulskogen ManorNedre Eikervei 74, 3048 Drammen, Norway

Gulskogen Manor is a manor house that forms part of the Drammen Museum in Viken county. It houses historic furnishings and reproduction works of art.

Hallingdal Museum
Hallingdal MuseumMøllevegen 18, 3540 Nesbyen, Norway

It is one of the oldest open-air museums in Norway. The museum has 30 historic buildings and some 30,000 artifacts from the region of Hallingdal.

Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene
Hanseatic Museum and SchøtstueneFinnegården 1A, 5003 Bergen, Norway

The museum is located in Finnegården, one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen in Bergen, Norway. The museum covers the Hanseatic League period of time in Bergen.

Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum
Haugar Vestfold KunstmuseumGraabrødregaten 17, 3110 Tønsberg, Norway

In Haugar Art Museum, right in the heart of Tønsberg, you can experience great art in the permanent and current exhibitions. However, the museums also have different exhibitions throughout the year, which means its worth visiting more than ones.

Heddal Bygdetun
Heddal BygdetunHeddalsvegen 385, 3676 Notodden, Norway

Heddal Open Air Museum is located near the historic Heddal Stave Church. Heddal Museum has various buildings representative of the history of local farming dating from the Middle Ages and up to the 1930s. Fyrileivstugu, a living room interior dating from 1932, was transferred to Heddal Museum in 1990. It was the work of noted woodcarver and rosemaling artist, Olav Fyrileiv who was a Telemark native.

Henie Onstad Art Center
Henie Onstad Art CenterSonja Henies vei 31, 1311 Høvikodden, Norway

The art center was founded in 1968 by World and Olympic champion figure skater Sonja Henie and her husband. The art center is visited by around 100,000 people each year.

Historical Museum
Historical MuseumFrederiks gate 2, 0164 Oslo, Norway

The Museum of Cultural History is one of Norway's largest cultural history museums. It holds the country's largest prehistoric and medieval archaeological collections, including the Viking ships at Bygdøy, a substantial collection of medieval church objects, and a rune archive. The museum also has a comprehensive ethnographic collection that includes objects from every continent, as well as Norway's largest collection of historical coins.

Map of Museums to explore in Norway