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“Viking myths busted”

Museum of Archaeology (Arkeologisk Museum)
Ranked #16 of 99 things to do in Stavanger
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Cultural and natural history over 15,000 years. Prehistoric articles from Rogaland and exhibitions on varied themes. Public archives of prehistoric sites. Models show prehistoric life, exhibits of natural historic highlights. Children's activities, CD games etc. Library, bookshop, museum shop. Lunch café.
Reviewed 25 August 2014

My Norwegian friend unfortunately passed away a few weeks ago and he introduced me to the Viking world.
One time we both were meant to go here but it was closed in the evening.
Last week in his honour I returned and what an amazing insight into the Viking world.
But please... I live here in Stavanger and please PLEASE do not buy viking memorabilia with horns!!! There has never been one found, they would have snagged on trees etc and the would have been stupid to fit! It is an embarrassment to the Viking honour.
A tour guide will take you around at 1200 in English. CHeap to get in (about £5) and you will see some amazing runestones, skeletons, jewellery, costumes etc.
Outside has games for the kids.
A nice cafe inside also serves some nice snacks.
Definately worth a visit off the cruise ships!

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Reviewed 1 August 2014

Believe it or not, my partner and I chose to visit Stavanger because of the Museum of Archeology. (We're big history buffs.) It is insightful, educational, and, well, frankly very enjoyable. They offer an English tour once a day by an archeologist. I would definitely recommend a visit.

1  Thank Jeff J
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

I did this as part of a shore tour and although the museum is small it's full of interesting displays and artifacts. The guides, dressed in native costume are very informative and the museum area is easy to walk around on your own. All the displays have an excellent description and are well laid out in chronological order. The rune stones are really interesting.

There is also a children's play and discover area with games and dress up clothes.

There is a lovely but very pricy gift shop attached.

Thank OntarioTrekker
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

A small museum with many display cases of Viking relics. It won't take you too long to view these. Really liked the wax figures - see my photo.

Thank L M
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

I visited Stavanger's Museum of Archeology and highly recommend it. Its collection is small but museum staff told me that the the museum was raising funds to triple its size by 2018. What is now available to view is excellently curated and presented. Explanations are provided in both Norwegian and English. The display of the skeleton and artifacts from a cave 10 km north of Stavanger that were unearthed from those living there 6,000 - 8,000 years ago was the highlight for me.

Just a heads up: during the summer of 2014, Stavanger museums participated in a discount program whereby a receipt from one museum entitled the holder to 50% off other museum entrance fees for a period of 48 hours. So the Museum of Archeology is the place to start since its regular 50 NOK adult fee then entitles you to (for example) 50 NOK off the 100 NOK Petroleum Museum fee. And if you are a retiree/pensioner, make sure you mention that: I did, and my 50 NOK Museum of Archeology admission fee was a mere 20 NOK (instead of 50 NOK) and my 100 NOK Petroleum Museum admission fee was a mere 25 NOK (when combined with the Archeology Museum receipt) instead of 100 NOK.

3  Thank James S
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