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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Address: Kjeringholmen 1A, Stavanger 4006, Norway
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+47 51 93 93 00
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a...

A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, disovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides informastion about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, films and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The curious cat Petro serves as a guide through the museum's science centre.The museum was designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, and is an attraction in itself. Its architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and the offshore oil installations. Architechtural reviews have said that there is hardly a building in Norway which signals its function as obviously as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The museum was opened in 1999.

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We are not museum fans but this Norwegian petroleum museum caught our attention. It is like a real tour to an oil rig deck n many interesting things like the drilling head for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 July 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

We are not museum fans but this Norwegian petroleum museum caught our attention. It is like a real tour to an oil rig deck n many interesting things like the drilling head for different type of drilling under seabed.

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Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015 via mobile

I am a chemical engineer from Houston working in upstream oil & gas...just fyi. I really enjoyed this museum. I'd rate it right under the petroleum exhibit at the Houston Natural History Museum. I love the pre-CAD diagrams donated by local firms. The exhibits, movies, interactive displays, and models are very well done. Certainly worth the time!! And as far... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

At first migh be not so interesting to think that what is in Petol Museum but there are lot to see. If not so familiar but still interested how is done oil platform and how all this work is running then I suggest to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015 via mobile

Visited on a rainy day and would really recommend. We were just two adults but took the time to read the displays and got a lot out of the trip. It's really well balanced with a good mix of engaging exhibits and images. I'd really recommend.

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

Didn't go in, but liked the outside. It's built like an oil rig, of which Norway apparently has many

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

The appearance of this one is great - especially the "pods" that are over the water. Lots of really interesting exhibits, including some interactive experiences and things to make you think. Everything was in English and Norwegian. The playground outside, made out of things that came off old oil rigs, is a lot of fun for kids of all ages.

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Windermere, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

We enjoyed this remarkable museum about the Petroleum industry in Norway and the exhibits about off-shore drilling. We found this museum to be informative as well as highly interesting, even if the petroleum industry does not interest you. The scale models of the oil fields and platforms were incredible. The museum was pertinent for everyone as we all rely on... More 

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Very informative about the oil industry in Norway. The gift shop has nice things and the restaurant is excellent!

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Stavanger, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Our mixed group of teens and adults all enjoyed this informative and imaginatively presented museum of everything related to oil, from its creation in the earth, drilling in rigs and ethical issues around energy use. Short films, interactive displays and a cafe, something for all ages.

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Stavanger, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Interesting reading about the oil history of Norway. But there wasn't any good guide where to start. And several things said it was out of use due to need of maintenance. Many things where updated to the standards of a modern museum, but it still lacked interaction. And it was interaction things that was closed.

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