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Vitlycke Museum
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Owner description: Vitlycke museum is a knowledge and experience center in Tanum World Heritage site - an area of about 600 rock art sites. Here you can experience world class rock art and explore the Bronze Age world. Join a guide or walk by yourself among the carvings and reconstructed Bronze Age buildings. At the museum you will find a cafe, shop and an exhibition that is a dramatic story for the whole family.
Reviewed 13 June 2014

Worth the drive from Trollhattan to get here. Great cafe and really well priced gift shop. A short info film and a small interpretive centre. The various sites of the rock carvings are spread over some miles and the reception staff hand out maps showing how to drive/walk/cycle to the sites. There are info boards in English at all sites. It is all free. Interpretive centre has wheelchair access but otherwise, some mobility is needed for all the sites. There is a farm and mock up of how the Iron Age people lived in the area - with farm animals in the summer months. They have also invented a (very creative) story line for the inhabitants of this area at the time, which is at least likely to help keep children's attention in the centre.
I was unsure on arrival about some of the rock carvings being painted in - but having been there I can now see the value. Many are not - and work is ongoing to try and save both painted and non-painted from being lost to the elements. You appreciate their value so much more when you can see the painted ones and realise how unique and special they are. Take the hike up the site next to the museum shop to get up to the burial cairns - great views - but watch out for the ants - they bite!

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Reviewed 30 June 2013

If you are at all interested in prehistoric civilizations, this site should fascinate you. Vitlycke is a free complex that consists of an indoor museum, an outdoor walk with stops at 6 sites of Bronze Age stone carvings (and a slight climb to two stone cairns (burial mounds)), and a Bronze Age village with 2 dwellings, display of crafts/handiwork, and free-roaming sheep.

I'd recommend stopping at the indoor museum first to get a map and an audio guide to the carvings. Though there are signs at each of the 6 sites, the audio guide includes a small screen that helps you locate the particular carvings under discussion; without this they can be hard to locate among the many carvings at each stop. Stop 6 has the most elaborate carvings, so if you are short of time, focus on that one. I found that the more carvings I saw, the more intrigued I became. They are over three thousand years old but seem strangely modern at the same time.

The short walk around to see the carvings is not particularly strenuous, but would be fairly inaccessible to those with limited mobility. There are uphill climbs and stairs along the way. The farm is all on one level just outside the museum building.

The indoor part of the museum has a short film/slide display that was informative and helped set the stage for seeing the carvings. The rest of the museum displays were not all that interesting to us, perhaps because many of them seemed aimed at children.

There are clean restrooms (including a wheelchair accessible one), a nice café that serves lunch or snacks, and a gift shop full of beautiful, original items with themes relevant to the stone carvings as well as books and cards. There is a free guided tour in English every day at 11:00 and an informative website: http://www.vitlyckemuseum.se/ .

The Vitlycke complex is one of four stone carving sites in the vicinity of Tanum, all definitely worth visiting. Ask at the museum information desk for a free map. Though I've recommended 2-3 hours for Vitlycke, we actually spent a whole day (10-4) at Vitlycke and at 2 of the other stone carving sites nearby. We returned the next day to see the fourth. If you have a serious interest in this kind of thing, 3 hours won't suffice.

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

This museum is a must if you are in the area. If you don't have a car or don't want to cycle, then get a taxi there. It is only a short distance from Fjallbacka or even shorter from Tanum rail station.

The rock paintings are all over a huge area so it helps if you have a guide. If you have children or are just childish yourself (like me) ask if you can have a go at 'rock rubbing'. Just like brass rubbing but on rocks. There is a shop to die for and I am sure a good cafe but I didn't get the chance to go there

1  Thank bettybamalam
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

The rock carvings in this area are well worth a look. Walk up the hill side and see the ancient burial site too. It is easy to imagine the sea coming up to the cliff in prehistoric times.

Thank Barkingside
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Reviewed 20 October 2017
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