The Viking Ship Museum houses the world’s best-preserved Viking ships. Three Viking era burial ships were discovered as part of archaeological finds from Tune, Gokstad (Sandefjord), Oseberg (Tønsberg) and the Borre mound cemetery.
The Museum came about after Swedish professor Gabriel Gustafson, in 1913, proposed a specific building to house Viking Age finds that were discovered at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. The Gokstad and Oseberg ships had been stored in temporary shelters at the University of Oslo at the time.
The Museum is most famous for the completely whole Oseberg ship, excavated from the largest known ship burial in the world.
The Viking Ship Museum, which is one of Norway’s best-visited attractions, is said to draw in over half a million visitors every year.
Other main attractions at the Viking Ship Museum are the Gokstad ship and Tune ship. Additionally, the Viking Age display includes sleds, beds, a horse cart, wood carving, tent components, buckets, and other grave goods.