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3 museums connected with ships Jul 02, 1997
Do you mean Maritime museums - do I hear you say? I suppose it would sound more normal - except that the Maritime Museum itself is the one museum connected with ships on the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo that I have not visited! The three covered by this review are The Viking Ships Museum, The Kontiki Museum and the Fram Museum. Incidentally they all open on a Monday!

If you take the boat from the Radhus (city hall) it goes to one point in Bygdøy and returns from another. If you walk so as to use the boat both ways, you will reach them in the order they appear above.

The Viking Ships Museum (Vikingskipshuset) has as its main exhibition three large burial ships found by rich tombs and restored.

The Kontiki Museum contains the raft Kontiki used by Thor Heyerdahl to cross the wild Pacific Ocean in 1947 to attempt to prove a theory. As you look at its apparently delicate balsa wood frame and the tiny sleeping compartment, you might almost start believing in miracles! The papyrus boat, Ra II, and some artefacts from Easter Island add to the museum's appeal. I am sorry to say that this is the only one of the three, with gentle slopes, that can be viewed properly by the disadvantaged. In both hte others it is necessary to walk up steps to look down into the boats.

The Fram Museum contains the ice-breaking boat used by both Nansen and Amundsen in their polar voyages.
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