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Top 10 attractions
Akershus Fortress is a great place to discover Oslo’s history and enjoy a summer day.
The building of Akershus Castle and Fortress was commenced in 1299 under king Håkon V. The medieval castle, which was completed in the 1300s, had a strategical location at the very end of the headland, and withstood a number of sieges throughout the ages. King Christian IV (1588-1648) had the castle modernised and converted into a Renaisssance castle and royal residence.
Guided tours of the fortress are available to the public in summer, and start at the Fortress Visitor Centre.
Guided tours for groups are also available.
The fortress area is a popular venue for major events, including concerts, public holiday celebrations and ceremonies.
Fram is the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.
At the Fram Museum you can come on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth – the Arctic and the Antarctic. The exhibition is translated into ten languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Norwegian.
The Fram Museum also has a polar simulator where you can experience the cold and the dangers of polar expeditions more than 100 years ago. Next to the main building is the Gjøa building with exhibitions on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage.
Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower
The ski museum in Holmenkollen, located underneath the famous ski jump, is the oldest of its kind in the world.
The museum presents more than 4,000 years of skiing history, Norwegian polar exploration artifacts and an exhibition on snowboarding and modern skiing.
The observation deck on top of the jump tower offers panoramic views of Oslo. The best view in the city?
Museum of Science & Technology
The Museum of Science & Technology shows Norway’s national collection of technology, industry, science and medicine.
The museum in the Kjelsås district offers exciting experiences and playful learning for the whole family, with over 100 interactive installations and more than 25 exhibitions on themes like technology, science, airplanes, cars and trains. You can for example test your reaction speed and learn how blood circulates through the body.
The museum has educational guided tours and a science show where you can experience energy and other physical phenomena, mathematics and space in a fun and engaging way.
Oslo Science Centre is part of the museum. Here, you can experiment with the mysteries of physics and explore astounding natural phenomena. The Maker Space, where you can participate in activities like 3D-printing, programming, is open on weekends and holidays.
Natural History Museum
Norway’s largest collection of natural objects is available to the public in the Botanical Garden, the greenhouses and the Zoological Museum, which together make up the Natural History Museum.
The Zoological Museum has permanent and changing exhibitions displaying wildlife from Norway and the rest of the world. Here you can among other things see a lifelike replica of a beaver dam, scenes from arctic wildlife and an international exhibition with exhibits ranging from penguins in Antarctica to chimpanzees and okapi in African rainforests.
The Geological Museum is currently closed to the public, but you’ll find many of the highlights of the exhibition “Stone and bone” in the same building as the Zoological Museum.
The Natural History Museum has free entry on Thursdays (except during school summer holidays and on public holidays).
The Botanical Garden was established in 1814, and with its 35,000 plants, 7,500 species and 150-acre garden it is a popular tourist destination and an important recreational area for the city’s population. Entry to the garden is free. The garden is also home to the two exhibition greenhouses Palmehuset and Victoriahuset.
In the spring of 2020, The Climate House opened in the Botanical gardens. The Climate House is an exciting arena for communicating research on climate and environmental issues. Children, teenagers and their whole families will be able to learn more about what climate change means, to get to know the several solutions that exist and to get inspired towards action.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History is one of the world’s oldest and biggest open-air museums. Collected in the museum extensive grounds, there are 160 buildings, an old town centre and the famous Gol stave church, built in the 1200s.
In the summer months, the museum’s staff welcomes you in the historical buildings dressed in traditional folk costumes. The museum offers many activities and experiences for children and adults that show off Norway’s rich cultural history. You can bake traditional lefse bread, listen to fairy tales, pet farm animals and visit the museum’s grocery store and the historical playground.
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet
Oslo’s Opera House is located right at the harbour, with an angled, white exterior that appears to rise from the water. It invites its visitors to climb its roof and enjoy panoramic views of Oslo and the fjord, all year round.
Large-scale windows at street level provide the public with glimpses of rehearsals and workshop activities. The building’s interior is mainly oak, and the main hall is shaped like a horseshoe, reminiscent of classical theatres of the past. The opera is designed by the Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, and has received several prestigious awards.
The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet offers a rich and varied programme from three stages: The Main House (1369 seats), Second House (400 seats) and the Studio (200 seats). The Opera roof and foyer are also used for concerts.
Guided tours available in Norwegian and English.
The Viking Ship Museum
Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula with the world’s best-preserved Viking ships and finds from Viking tombs around the Oslo Fjord.
The adventure film The Vikings Alive is screened throughout the day on the ceilings and wall inside the museum.
The Viking Ship Museum shows discoveries from the Gokstad, Oseberg and Tune ships, plus small boats, sledges, a beautiful cart, tools, textiles and household utensils.
Two museums in the same ticket: Use your ticket from the Viking Ship Museum to get free entry to Historical Museum within 48 hours.
Norwegian name: Vikingskipshuset
TusenFryd Amusement Park
Norway’s largest amusement park, with more than 30 fun attractions, great games, shops and places to eat.
The park features attractions for all ages, including lots of rollercoasters, carousels, a log ride and much more.
Barnas Fryd and Frydskogen are packed with rides and activities for small kids.
In summer you can enjoy BadeFryd, a water park with a swimming pool, a swimming river and a huge waterslide.
Vigeland Sculpture Park
Sculpture park in the Frogner Park with more than 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869–1943) in bronze, granite and cast iron, including The Angry Boy (Sinnataggen in Norwegian), The Monolith (Monolitten) and The Wheel of Life (Livshjulet).
Vigeland was also responsible for the design and architectural outline of the park, which is one of Norway’s top tourist attractions, with more than one million annual visitors.
The park is free to enter and open all year round, 24 hours a day.