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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Alta
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: WORLD HERITAGE ROCK ART CENTRE - ALTA MUSEUM Experience one of Northern Europe's largest rock carving sites, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The carvings were made by hunters and gatherers, the oldest carvings are over 7000 years. The rock art park is available in the snow free period. The museum is open all year and features exhibitions on rock art in Alta and other cultural history exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions on themes such as the Northern Lights, angling and art exhibitions. Cafe with a panoramic view over the Altafjord and souvenir shop. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement. Audioguides available in Norwegian, English, German and French.
Reviewed 18 March 2013

We arrived some 30 minutes before opening time but were let in out of the cold and made to feel very welcome until the museum officially opened. Some great exhibits well displayed. The museum is a good distance out of town but is served by a frequent bus service during the week - at the weekend get a taxi but negotiate a fare.

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"nice walk"
in 6 reviews
"stone age"
in 6 reviews
"stone carvings"
in 5 reviews
"audio guide"
in 5 reviews
"sami culture"
in 10 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 8 reviews
"nice cafe"
in 3 reviews
"indoor exhibition"
in 3 reviews
"a short bus ride"
in 2 reviews
"hour walk"
in 2 reviews
"overlooking the lake"
in 2 reviews
"lovely scenery"
in 2 reviews
"shorter route"
in 2 reviews
"painted red"
in 2 reviews
"sunny day"
in 3 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 2 reviews
"local history"
in 2 reviews

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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Good location with nice view of Alta River and the entry was free in low season. Staff is very welcoming and cooperative

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Reviewed 2 September 2012

It is amazing to think how long those petroglyphs have been there. I liked the fact that they had been outlined in red as it really brings them to life, though I understand that some feel that this is not appropriate. Like most ancient art they pose lots of questions but give very few answers.. Well worth visiting.

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

Museum is not too big, but it does not matter, the rock art is the main attraction. The clerk almost got us believing that it is a long walk.. it was almost raining and the place was closing. Good tip: they do not close the walking path, so you can enjoy it late in the evening too, easy fun in light summer nights. And the walk is not at all bad, just a pleasant stroll along the wooden path, suitable for 5 year olds and also overweight people.

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Reviewed 17 July 2012

The Alta Museum is a fantastic attraction if you are interested in anciet rock drawings along with a beautiful walk along a boardwalk overlooking the Alta Fjord. The museum is less than 3 miles from the city center. We caught the local bus which runs every half hour and took 10 minutes to get there. The bus cost 35NK (about $5) one way. We walked back to our hotel which took less than an hour and was a wonderful walk. The admission to the museum and rock art exhibit walk is $13 adult, $11 senior and includes a great guide. There is a very nice museum inside which covers rock drawings but also other Norwiegan topics such as Sami drums, salmon fishing and Alta as a market town. There was a special exhibit on Moose ( refered to as Elk). There are free lockers downstairs and a small cafe with a great deck aand view of the fjord. We spent 3 hours there but most bus/cruise groups spend 2 hours. A must see attraction in Alta.

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