World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum

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

The World Heritage Rock art Centre - 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