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The Kon-Tiki Museum
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Ranked #2 of 64 Tours in Oslo
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Kon-Tiki Museum houses original boats and artifacts from Thor Heyerdahl's world famous expeditions such as the original Kon-Tiki balsa raft which crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947 and the original reed boat Ra II which crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1970. In both the Kon-Tiki and Ra exhibitions there are separate children exhibitions. The Kon-Tiki Museum also houses one of the most comprehensive exhibitions about Easter Island in the world, including a replica of a family cave from Easter Island. Underneath the Kon-Tiki raft is a special underwater exhibit that is fun for kids. Cinema screening the original Kon-Tiki documentary movie (Oscar for best documentary in 1951) every day at 12:00. Great museum shops. Free with Oslo Pass. A must when visiting Oslo!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Reviewed 8 June 2014

This is a one-off museum - fully dedicated to the Kon –Tiki reed raft rebuilt by Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) who won world fame with his journey in 1947 when he crossed the Pacific Ocean with his raft. He wanted to show that prehistoric humans could have mastered sailing, before the wheel was discovered. Being a scientist he spent much of his time with archaeological discoveries that are also exhibited. Certainly worth your visit and relive his experiences and circumstances undergone during his famous journey.

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Reviewed 8 June 2014

For me, this museum is about the Kon-Tiki. The Ra expeditions, which are included in the same building seem to me to detract from the Kon-Tiki story.

That said, it’s all very interesting and if you are on Bygdoy ‘Island’ to visit other museums, Kon-Tiki is worth an hour of your time.

Thank RobnG
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Two of Heyerdahl's actual boats (Kon-Tiki and Ra2) bring home just how crazy/brave these people were. Shows how interesting his life was too, to the extent of following up more about the bits not shown in the museum (eg 3 marriages). Fascinating.

Thank TukoPomojaAustralia
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

This is a private museum and doesn't seem to have the academic rigour of a professional museum. It was set up and is run by 'fans' of Thor Hyerdahl, who was a fascinating character but ultimately something of a naive idealist. Thus the story is rather one-sided.

The museum has to now say that Hyerdahl's voyages show that the migrations he postulated 'may' have taken place, not that they did as was earlier claimed. DNA evidence is pretty conclusive about the Pacific being populated from Asia, not South America. So the Hyerdahl story is somewhat weakened.

It is interesting to see the Ra II and the famous Kon Tiki. But do you? The museum in one place says that the Kon Tiki was reduced to a pile of timbers when the raft was dashed onto a reef in Tahiti. It doesn't explain how, then, you are looking at a nice neat Kon Tiki in Oslo more than 65 years later. Is the Kon Tiki a con?

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Reviewed 6 June 2014

It's and interesting museum, not very big. It takes around 30/60 minutes to see and read all. There's a small shop for souvenirs.
Light is awful if you want to take pictures....

1  Thank yumiyoshi
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