It’s easy to fall in love with the Norwegian capital, Oslo. It’s surrounded by forest, with majestic fjords just a short journey away. And, considering its relatively small size, it has a large number of world-class museums and galleries. Most of these are within walking distance of each other, or a short journey away on the Metro.
Visitors to the city can buy an Oslo Pass, which gives free entry to over 30 museums and attractions, as well as discounts at restaurants and free travel on public transport. A 48-hour Pass is 595 NOK for adults, 295 NOK for children.
Plenty of the museums cater well for families with children. Here is just a small selection.
Edvard Munch is probably Norway’s most well-known artist, famed for his haunting work, The Scream. The first Sunday of every month at the Munch Museum sees free guided tours for families, and workshops for children. Youngsters can try their hand at printmaking, painting, film or collage. From 2019, the Munch Museum will move from its 1960s building to a new site, next to the eye-catching Opera House at Bjørvika, the bay area. Work is in progress on the new building, which you can see in the bay.
Munchmuseet, Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo
This is probably Oslo’s best-known museum, and a good place to take young Viking enthusiasts. Three of the world’s most well-preserved Viking ships, the Gokstad, Oseberg, and Tune, are housed here, after being buried for almost a millennium. Visitors can also see skeletons of a man and two women, found with two of the ships. The Viking Ship Museum offers free entry to refugees.
Viking Ship Museum, Huk Aveny 35, 0287 Oslo
Also at Bygdøy is another museum based around the sea. The Fram Polar Ship Museum houses the Fram, a super-strong wooden schooner. It was built in the 1890s to withstand the crushing ice floes of the polar region, and took explorers into both the north and south poles. Not only can visitors to the museum explore the ship: there are regular northern lights shows, and lots of interactive exhibits for children to enjoy.
Frammuseet, Bygdøynesveien 39, 0286 Oslo
The world’s oldest open-air museum features Norwegian houses and other buildings, dating from the Middle Ages to the modern day. Staff dress up in traditional costume and roam around, telling stories about farm and city life, performing traditional dances or baking lefse, a Norwegian flatbread.
Norsk Folkemuseum, Museumsveien 10, Bygdøy, 0287 Oslo
At 7 km out of the city centre, the Museum of Science and Technology is more far-flung than some of the others. But it can easily be reached by bus (No. 22, 25 or 54, to Kjelsås St), tram (No.11 or 12, to Kjelsås) and train (Jaren or Hakadal to Kjelsås station). The museum has over 80 interactive displays, covering medicine, oil and gas production, music and more.
Norsk Tekniskmuseum, Kjelsåsveien 143, 0491 Oslo
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Lisa from Travel Loving Family shares her five must see sights in the capital of Madeira, Funchal.
Jane Batt from Taking 5 says you should definitely consider Benidorm when planning your next family holiday.
Charly from POD Travels shares the top 30 places in Berlin to visit with kids and where you can explore without them.
Laura from Have Kids, Can Travel had just one day in Pompeii with her family on their Italy Road Trip.
Daisy over at Dais Like These Family Travel Blog shares a few ideas on how to keep kids entertained during 24 hours in Bruges, Belgium.
The Wandermust Family LOVE Rome and think it is the perfect European City Break for families.
Ting from My Travel Monkey spent a week exploring snow covered Iceland and discovered there was so much to see and do in Reykyavik – even for young children.
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