Norsk Oljemuseum Stavanger Reviews
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum Jul 16, 2010
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is beautifully located right at the harbour. The building itself is of fantastic architecture. It is a symbolic interpretation of Norway´s bedrock, shorescape and offshore installations. When the building opened in 1999 an architectural critic hailed it as "world-class museum architecture".
I´m not particularly interested in neither oil nor engineering, but this museum is for all people of all ages. The exhibition tells how oil and gas are found, refined, and what it is used for. It is a journey through the history of earth (why Norway has oil), a global force (petroleum - raw material, energy source and power factor), at technological frontier (increasing water depths) and factories at sea (the offshore workplace - a voyage to the unknown Norway).
When you enter the museum there is a recommended path which starts with a short information video about the history of earth. Half way through the museum there is another video which take you on a visit to an oil rig and your guide is Ian Wright from Travel Channel.
The museum offers a variety of simulators. Try being a ROV-pilot (remote operated vehicle), you can try out as a driller, escape through the escape chute, try being a diver connecting and releasing a rope, escape a fire and much more. It´s interesting and great fun.
There is also a new exhibition about the great North Sea Divers. An animated film takes you down to the bottom of the seabed where you can watch the divers connecting pipes. Norwegian offshore diving is limited today, and used only where appropriate. Accident statistics have improved. Norway´s offshore sector has had no diving deaths since 1987, and no cases of decompression sickness since the early 1990´s.
A small exhibition is dedicated to the worst disaster in Norwegian offshore history, the capsizing of the accommodation rig Alexander L. Kielland on March 27th 1980 which killed 123 people. One of the five support columns was torn free and the rig rolled over in 20 minutes. Only 89 people survived.
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum is very nicely made, it´s educational and they have succeeded in making the petroleum industry interesting. It is also a great place for children. There is more than enough to see and do there. I can highly recommend this museum.
Opening hours are:
June - August: daily 10:00 - 19:00
September - May: Monday-Saturday 10:00 - 16:00, Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
80 kr Adult
40 kr Child
40 kr Student
40 kr Retired
200 kr Family (2 adults + 3 children)
Their website is in Norwegian, English and German
Part of the list Norway, attractions
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