According to the official VisitOslo website, Oslo has more than 50 museums that cover all of your interests; art, history, sports, animals, magic, beer, mini bottles, the city itself and much more. But here is one that I prefer over others and I can honestly advise you to visit it as well.
The Ski Museum
The building was carved into the mountain and opened in 1983 but the museum was founded already in 1923 on the location nearby. Today, it is the world’s oldest museum of this kind where you can find exhibited 4000 years of ski history, an exhibition of snowboarding and modern skiing, polar exploration, some shocking facts about weather and climate changes, and many more. Here you can find information about all current exhibitions.
The Jump Tower
Take a lift from the inside of the museum to get to the observation deck on the top of the tower and catch some breathtaking views of Oslo. Just remember to take a beanie hat, a pair of gloves and maybe even a scarf with you as it can get very windy at the top.
Zip Yourself Down the Line
From late March to the end of October the most courageous people can take a zip line instead of a lift to get back down from the Jump Tower. Unfortunately, I visited Oslo in December so this is just another reason to visit it again in the summer.
Take It Easy
After taking a stroll around the museum you can look for some Viking products or clothes in their souvenir shop or enjoy a warm drink and something light to eat in their Cafè.
It is very easy to get there using a public transport. In the Oslo city centre take metro line number 1 in a direction to Frognerseteren and hop off at Holmenkollen stop. Cross the street and continue walking up the hill following the street signs to the museum for the next 10 minutes. There is also a free parking place for everybody who wants to go there by car.
Opening Hours & Prices
You can visit the museum every day of the year but check out the opening hours of the month of your visit here. The entrance ticket includes a visit to the museum and the jump tower. The price for an adult is 140 NOK (approximately 14 EUR), they offer a child, student, family and senior discounts. With pre-booking, you can also hire a private guide to take you around the museum. Find out more information about the guided tour and the prices here. For all the additional information check out their official website.
The Ski-Simulator is located near the entrance to the museum. In approximately 5 minutes long ride you can experience downhill skiing at 130 km/h and ski jumping at 100 km/h. The capsule has a capacity of 12 people and the inside advice I got is that the best seats are in the back! The ticket costs 95 NOK (around 9,5 EUR) for adults and 55 NOK (5,5 EUR) for children under 16 years old. If you are younger than 6 years old, pregnant, having a heart or spine problems, this simulator is not for you.
Which one of these reasons to visit Holmenkollen is your favourite? Have you ever been there or are you planning to go? Let me know in the comments below and check out my blog about Oslo to find out some other tips on what to do and see in the city.
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