The museum also houses permanent exhibits on Ra, Tigris, Kon-Tiki, Fatu-Hiva, and Easter Island and even has a cave tour (100 feet/30 meters in length) and an underwater exhibition with a life-size whale shark. For those who are not well acquainted with Norway’s topographical landscape, there is a recommended widescreen film that takes the viewer on an aerial tour of the country’s coastline and settlements.
Individual and group tickets are available and include a screening of the Oscar-winning Kon-Tiki documentary film on the Kon-Tiki expedition. Guided tours must be pre-booked. Visit the museum website for inquiries.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Kon-Tiki Museum is an ideal spot for history and maritime buffs.
- Enjoy a lunch of authentic Norwegian cuisine, including the Kon-Tiki Fish Casserole and Tapas buffet, at the miseum’s restaurant.
- The museum is wheelchair accessible.
- No animals are allowed.
How to Get There
The Kon-Tiki Museum is located on Bygdøy Peninsula near the Oslo city center, close to the Oslo Fjord and other attractions such as the Fram Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.During the summer, take the ferry from Pier 3 behind the City Hall to Bygdøy. All year round, you can take the bus. From the Central Station, walk a few minutes to Tollboden, take the Bus 30, and get off at Bygdøynes. Parking available on site.
When to Get There
The museum is open every day year-round, though it’s best to come in the summertime when you can travel by ferry with its views of the fjord and a number of recreational activities available in the area. As this is the peak tourist season, expect extended opening hours.
Ships and More
A museum for all ages, the Kon-Tiki Museum displays a collection of the vessels Kon-Tiki, RA—the first ship to sail under a United Nations flag—RA II, and Tigris, and a variety of artifacts and photographs. Also featuring an underwater exhibit and a replica of a cave that Thor Heyerdahl explored in Easter Island, the museum highlights his advocacy in environmental protection and conservation and respect for indigenous peoples.
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