July 3, 2010

Oslo’s Historical Museum

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:08 pm by Costume Girl

Saturday, July 03, 2010

The Viking Ship Museum in Oslo may have the best items when it comes to ships and textiles, but the historical museum in Oslo has the best when it comes to bling!

No kidding, they have three rooms devoted to Viking artifacts.  One of those is nearly exclusively jewelry, and the other two are about half-full of jewelry.

I am going to skip most of the descriptions and just give you a lot of pics from the museum.  It was a very good one—everything was semi-interactive, and there were reproductions there with labels that said “Please Touch”.

The one odd thing about the museum was the security system.  They have no security cameras, so instead, they have security guards that take turns following you but not following you all over the museum to make sure you don’t touch anything.  For a while there were two following me because there was no one else in the whole museum, visiting, that is, and talking in Norwegian about banana smoothies.  I don’t think they knew I could understand them.  (Norwegian sounds about like Swedish—it’s just the spelling that is odd.)

So, according to room. . .

The Stone Age:

Stone Tools

Stone Tools

The Bronze Age:

Really Early Bronze Things

Really Early Bronze Things

Bronze Swords and Other Blades

Bronze Swords and Other Blades

Assortment of Bronze Items

Assortment of Bronze Items

4,500 Year-Old Petrified Butter  (The White Stuff)

4,500 Year-Old Petrified Butter (The White Stuff)

The Iron Age:

Pretty Beads and Such

Pretty Beads and Such

Spear Heads!

Spear Heads!

Beads, Cups, Etc.

Beads, Cups, Etc.

The Viking Age:

We Are Welcomed to the Exhibit by a Ram

We Are Welcomed to the Exhibit by a Ram

Hack Silver and Other Trade Items

Hack Silver and Other Trade Items

Penannular Brooches and Bracelets

Penannular Brooches and Bracelets

Necklaces for Wearing Between Brooches

Necklaces for Wearing Between Brooches

Bone Combs

Bone Combs

Random Items

Random Items

Helm and Chain Mail

Helm and Chain Mail

Swords

Swords

Medieval Art:

Church Door

Church Door

Spindle Whorls

Spindle Whorls

Church Weather Vane

Church Weather Vane

Yeah.  I took a lot of photos today.  About 200.  Most of them good ones.  This is just a small sampling of the wonderful things I saw.

After the museum, I picked up my backpack from the hotel and went to the train station, only to be told that there was no such thing as the bus I was told to catch at 1:30.  So, I went to the bus station, and bought a ticket to Stockholm.  It leaves tonight at 11:00, so I will be arriving about 6:30 tomorrow morning.  Catch a train to Uppsala, and I will be done with the Norway trip!

Tomorrow when I get back to Uppsala, we go to Skokloster Castle, a trip paid for by the school for my Arts class.  It should be a lot of fun—photos to come!

Later!

-Kelsey

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