Alta Museum

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Alta Museum
The Alta rock carvings World Heritage Site, with the museum building on the left.

The Alta Museum is located in Alta in northern Norway within the Arctic Circle. It's northern Norway's most-visited summer museum, with more than 1,000 visitors each day.[1] It presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries including the nearby prehistoric rock carvings that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the early settlement of Finnmark and dating from around 11,000 years ago.[2][3] The museum opened in June 1991 and won the European Museum of the Year Award in 1993.[1]

Rock carving at the Alta Museum site.


  1. ^ a b Mark Littlefield (2003). "Carved in Tone". Scandinavian Review. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Records in the Rock". International Wildlife. 2001-01-01. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Pollution Threatens Prehistoric Carvings". BBC News. 2000-09-01. Retrieved 2008-03-22. 

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Coordinates: 69°56′50.9″N 23°11′11.6″E / 69.947472°N 23.186556°E / 69.947472; 23.186556