Day Three: Sunday Funday equals to museum day for us. There are countless museums in Oslo and we soon realized that we are actually incredibly pressed for time as most museums are only open four to five hours on Sundays.
That called for quick decisions – we both had to choose one museum we absolutely had to see and the rest we will leave.
THE VIKING SHIP MUSEUM
The Viking Ship Museum is located a bit further away from the centre so we made our way there first. The museum is in a beautiful, more rural area of Oslo, actually really close to the King’s summer residence (as we were told by a charming older lady on the bus). This area is really popular during the summer months when many escape the city to the nearby beaches.
The building of the museum is an old cathedral and is in itself beautiful with high ceilings, big windows and stone floors.
The ships are from before and after 900AD and were found between 1867-1903, at a thousand years old! Isn’t it just absolutely amazing that they have survived for that long in such good condition?
The bones of two ladies were found (from 834) in one of the ships along with many burial gifts. They do not know what kind of a background the women had, but they suspect they, or at least one, must have had a bigger role in the community based on the grave they had received. They’ve estimated the ladies ages to have been 50 for one and between 70-80 for the other, and their heights estimated at 153cm. The older lady died of cancer but they don’t know what caused the death of the younger woman… one theory places her as sacrifice for the older lady so she wouldn’t be lonely going from this world to the next.
The Contemporary Art Museum
The Contemporary Art Museum is located right in the centre of Oslo in a beautiful Art Nouveau-inspired building, though we didn’t get to see it in its full glory because they had some construction happening around the front. The current exhibitions they have are “Poor Art – Rich Legacy. Arte Povera and Parallel Practices 1968–2015” and “Anna-Eva Bergman. A Graphic Universe”.
ON THE STREET
The day went by fast when immersed in other realities. If you’re ever in Oslo, I would highly recommend visiting both museums.
This was the last day in the sunny Oslo.
Next day Ålesund!