Have you ever wondered about how well the Norwegians can preserve their cultural ancestry? Well, you are about to find out that they did an outstanding job and to top it all off, they’re even affordable! Let’s explore some of the most exquisite ones together!
1. Norsk Folkemuseum:
The Norsk Folkemuseum is an open-air museum of cultural history comprised of more than 150 buildings meticulously relocated from other settlements. It also contains a wide array of artefacts from all social groups of the country. The folk museum was established in 1894 by Hans Aall, a contemporary librarian and historian. The true glory of the institution came in 1907 when the collections of King Oscar II were incorporated into it along with the renowned Gol Stave Church in the middle. What’s interesting about it is that it earned the title of the world’s first open-air museum in 1881. The site holds a number of cultural treasures like the 14th-century Rauland farmhouse and many more waiting to be discovered by eager eyes. There are nine flats from which seven contain 19th-20th century modelled interiors. Some of these flats have been refurbished along the years and now they serve as proud time-withstanding bastions of grandeur to those who visit the place. Definitely a must-see!
2. Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology:
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology is a significant point of interest along the European Route of Industrial Heritage. Boasting with diverse exhibitions, the museum is a technological marvel of Norway. It even contains the first Norwegian computer called NUSSE (Norsk Universell Siffermaskin, Sekvensstyrt, Elektronisk). Interestingly enough, the establishment did not enjoy a peaceful slumber in a well-decided place. Let us explain this a little bit – founded in 1914, it was not until 1932 that the museum was first opened, in the basement of the Viking Ship Museum in Bygdøy. In 1959, the museum was moved to Etterstad, and later, in 1986, it suffered the same fate, but this time, it landed in Kjelsås, stretching upon 20,000 square metres of floor space. Provided with a library, a café, and even a historical archive, the establishment possesses objects pertaining to electricity, aviation, clocks and transport. If you are in the mood for some science-fun, this would be your perfect weekend-pastime (wink)!
3. Norwegian Railway Museum:
The Norwegian Railway Museum of Hamar is the most important railway museum of Norway and it is operated and administrated by the Norwegian National Rail Administration. The institution opened in 1896 and this makes it one of the oldest railway museums in the world. It contains Norway’s oldest station building, some exquisite locomotives, and vast collection of carriages dating back to the earliest days of the national Industrial Revolution. Let us not forget about the fact that it also has a large photo collection that you absolutely must not miss! Some of these photos date back as far as 1860. The new museum building includes exhibitions of illustrations relating to Norwegian railway history, music, animations and even games. Oh, and do keep an eye out for the renowned Dovregubben (one of the largest steam locomotives in Norway).
4. Norwegian Aviation Museum:
Finally we have arrived at the museum that was opened by the world-famous King Harald V on 15 May, 1994. You guessed it, we are talking about the Norwegian Aviation Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the Scandinavian countries. Located in Bodø in what appears to be like a propeller-shaped building, the establishment covers over 10.000 square meters of land area. If you wish to delve deeper into Norwegian aviation history (for it covers it all), do visit this place. Notable aircrafts on display include: a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-3/U3, a Canadair CF-104 Starfighter, a Kjeller F.F.9 Kaje I, a Supermarine Spitfire LF.Mk.IXe, a Republic RF-84F Thunderflash, a North American T-6/J Harvard, and even a North American Rockwell 1121 Jet Commander (note that that one is a civil jet, not a military one).
Did you enjoy our list? How many of the aforementioned museums have you visited and how many of them are you planning on hopping over to? Tell us all about it in the comment section below! Oh, and do check back for some regular updates (wink)!