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  • Nasjonalmuseet for kunst, arkitektur og design – The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
    Languages: Norwegian and English.
    The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, situated in Oslo, has the responsibility for the collections of The National Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, and The Norwegian Museum of Architecture.
    The two relevant museums with medieval collections are: The National Gallery and The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.

    Kulturhistorisk museum-Historisk museum – Museum of Cultural History-Historical Museum
    Languages: Norwegian and English.
    The museum holds collections of Viking-Age and medieval artefacts, church art (among them several stave-church portals), a large collection of runic inscriptions, coins etc.

    Kulturhistorisk museum-Vikingskipshuset – Museum of Cultural History-Viking Ship Museum
    Languages: Norwegian and English.
    The museum houses the most spectacular findings of Viking ships from Scandinavia:

    • The Gokstad Ship was found in a large burial mound in 1880. The ship had been built around 890 A.D. and later used in the ship burial of an important chieftain who died in or around 900 A.D. The dead man was a powerfully built man in his 60’s who laid in his bed in a timber burial chamber (displayed in the Tune wing of the Museum). He was buried with his grave furnishings which consisted of three small boats, a tent, a sledge and riding equipment.
    • The Oseberg Ship was found in a large burial mound in 1904. The ship was built in around 815-820 A.D. and had been used as a sailing vessel for many years before it was put to use as a burial ship for a prominent woman who died in 834. The woman was placed in a burial chamber in the aft section of the ship. Next to her laid the body of another woman, as well as her most valuable possessions. Under the ship was a thick layer of blue clay, while the mound itself was built up of turf. This explains the excellent state of preservation of the ship and the other objects of wood, leather and textiles.
    • The Tune Ship, from a large mound that was excavated in 1867, was built at about the same time as the Gokstad Ship, around 900 A.D. It was later used as a burial ship for a powerful chieftain. The burial furnishings are not preserved, but the dead man was placed in a timber burial chamber. The ship itself was damaged.

    Bergen Museum-De kulturhistoriske samlinger – Bergen Museum-Cultural History
    Language: Norwegian and English.
    The museum is part of the University of Bergen. It holds collections of Viking-age and medieval artefacts, coins and an important collection of medieval church art. This contains the largest collection of medieval painted wooden alter frontals and wooden sculpture from Norway.

    Bryggens museum i Bergen – The Bryggen Museum in Bergen
    Languages: Norwegian and English.
    The museum has been built over the remains of the first settlement at Bryggen. The oldest buildings are from the 12th century, and the various findings have been left in the ground where they were found by the archaeologists.

    Stavanger museum – Stavanger Museum
    Language: Norwegian and English.
    The museum holds collections of Viking-age and medieval artefacts in addition to a collection of medieval church art.

    Vitenskapsmuseet i Trondhjem – The Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
    Language: Norwegian and English.
    The museum is a part of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondhjem. The museum holds collections of Viking-age and medieval artefact, church art, coins and some manuscripts.

    Erkebispegården – The museum of the arch-bishops palace in Trondhjem
    Language: Norwegian.
    The museum consists of the medieval palace and the additional fortifications and buildings of the arch-bishop of Nidaros. The museum/palace is situated next to the gothic cathedral. This was the main cathedral in Norway containing the relics of St. Olaf, patron saint of Norway. The museum holds collections of medieval artefacts and church art from the cathedral and palace.

    Tromsø Museum
    Languages: Norwegian, English and German.
    The museum is a part of the University of Tromsø, and holds collections of archaeological findings from the Viking-age and medieval period as well as church art from the northern part of Norway.

    Henning LAUGERUD, 8 June 2009 | 16 June 2009
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