Museum of Cultural History, Oslo

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Museum of Cultural History (Kulturhistorisk museum (KHM)) is an organisation at the University of Oslo, Norway. It was established in 1999 as Universitetets kulturhistoriske museum with the merging of the bodies Oldsaksamlingen (including the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy), Myntkabinettet and Etnografisk museum. In 2004 the name was changed to Kulturhistorisk museum.[1] [2]

The activities of the Museum of Cultural History are currently localized in four main buildings in Oslo city centre, the Historical Museum at Frederiks gate 2 and Frederiks gate 3, the laboratory sheds at Frederiks gate 3 and St. Olavs gate 29, as well as the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula.

The Museum of Cultural History is one of Norway’s largest cultural history museums. It holds the country’s largest prehistoric and medieval archaeological collections, including the Viking ships at Bygdøy, a substantial collection of medieval church objects, and a rune archive. The museum also has a comprehensive ethnographic collection that includes objects from every continent, as well as Norway’s largest collection of historical coins.

Through a major project, a complete review and revision of all the museum’s collections is being undertaken. The project has been launched in connection with the planned move of the museum to a new building in Bjørvika, during 2015.



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Coordinates: 59°55′0.5″N 10°44′7.7″E / 59.916806°N 10.735472°E / 59.916806; 10.735472