After 95 years of operations, the Viking Ship Museum has temporarily closed its doors. It will reemerge anew in 2025/2026 as the Museum of the Viking Age. 

The museum, which opened in 1926, attracts around half a million people each year – in non-pandemic times. As it proudly and rightfully boasts on its official website, the institution has been a national symbol and gathering place for Norway's most important cultural heritage since its inception.

For almost a century, finds from famous Viking ship graves from Gokstad, Oseberg, Tune, and Borre have been exhibited at the museum, captivating travelers from all corners of the world.

In a brief statement on its web pages, the museum states that "It has been absolutely crucial to build a new museum to secure the cultural heritage also for future generations."

The goal of the refurbishment is to ensure optimal conditions for the precious objects within, and to provide a new environment to the public for unique encounters with the Viking Age.

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