Site Overview

See the unique and mystical Langeid sword

The improved Viking Age exhibition will open in 2019.

The exhibition includes exquisite objects highlighting three important aspects of the Viking Age – journeys, warriors and a changing society.

Langeid sword

This unique sword was discovered during an archaeological dig in Setesdalen in 2011. The hilt is decorated with mystical signs inlaid with gold.

This decoration is extremely unusal during the Viking Age and it is not clear what the letters mean. They could be in reference to Bible verses or be copies of characters on Anglo-Saxon coins. One theory is that it was brought to Norway from England.

The decorations include several Christian motifs – crosses and a hand holding a cross – but the sword was finally placed in a heathen grave.

Visitor Information
Season - Months Open
Open all year round, except:
1 January
1 and 17 May
24-26, 31 December
Opening Hours - Days and Times
Open Tuesday to Sunday
2 May to 30 September: 10:00 to 17:00
1 October - 30 April: 11.00 to 16.00
Adults: NOK 100
Students/Seniors: NOK 80
Children under 18: Free
Staff and students at UiO: Free
Refugees/asylum seekers: Free
Season ticket, adult: NOK 400
Ticket gives admission to Historical Museum and Viking Ship Museum for 48 hours
Other Amenities
  • Lounge (tea/coffee/light snacks)
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Museum
Key Attractions
  • Religion and Belief
  • Viking Voyages
  • Artefacts
Contact Details

Frederiks gate 2, 0164 , Oslo


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