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The Viking Museum
The Viking MuseumDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 54.7km
Transports visitors to Oslo back in time. The museum boasts two very well preserved Viking boats from the 9th century, along with other small boats and a number of other historical artifacts from Viking culture in that time period. Many of these were discoveries made in Viking tombs in the area.
Fram MuseumDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 55.6km
Another ship is celebrated at the Fram Museum. Visitors there can see the polar ship Fram, a wooden boat that holds world records for farthest southernmost and northernmost sailing. Films, maps, photos and other artifacts make for an interesting exhibit about polar exploration.
AkershusDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 46.9km
Relatively recent in comparison but still wonderfully historical is the medieval castle and fortress of Akershus. King Hakon V began to build this complex in 1299. It was renovated during the Renaissance, then fell into disrepair and was worked on again during the 20th century. These days it’s a seasonal tourist attraction and is also used for special events, concerts and celebrations.
Astrup Fearnley MuseumDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 51.7km
If you prefer art to history, Oslo is home to a variety of art museums. Modern art enthusiasts will be delighted with the Astrup Fearnley Museum, housed in a striking modern facility designed by Renzo Piano, an architect from Italy. The museum has both a permanent and rotating collection featuring works of art by renowned modern artists such as Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons and Charles Ray.
Munch MuseumDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 46.9km
Fans of the expressionist school of art will find much to enjoy in the Munch Museum. The paintings and drawings here were left to the city of Oslo by Edvard Munch (1863-1944) one of Norway’s most celebrated artists. He is perhaps best known for his painting “The Scream.” He actually painted this particular painting more than once; the 1910 version is on exhibition at the Munch Museum along with others of his works which the museum rotates.
Ibsen MuseumDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 51.5km
Norway is known not only for its visual artists but for celebrated 19th century playwright Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) known for A Doll’s House, Enemy of the People, Hedda Gabler and others. He was highly influential in the modernist movement in drama. Visitors to Oslo can enjoy a trip to the Ibsen Museum, which includes exhibits about his life and work as well as guided tours of his home, which has been restored with its original furnishings and decorations.
Oslo Botanical Garden
Akerselva RiverDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 49.2km
In addition to history and art, Oslo is filled with natural beauties. Visitors can enjoy recreational activities along the Akerselva River which runs through the centre of the city and into the Oslo Fjord. Bridges, waterfalls, forests, swimming and fishing are some of the river attractions.
Oslo Botanical GardenDistance from Oslo Airport Gardermoen: 47.0km
The Oslo Botanical Garden is another natural getaway in the heart of the city, with over 1800 different types of plants, shrubs and trees. Greenhouses showcase plants from other parts of the world, and a scent garden has been set up especially for those who are handicapped or in wheelchairs.