By sea

The Boat hall shows a brand new exhibition about the life along the Norwegian coast line, ship wreks from Oslo and more!

  • Detalj fra Fembøringen, den største båten i samlingen (Foto/Photo)
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    Detalj fra Fembøringen, den største båten i samlingen Beate Kjørslevik (Bilde 1 av 3)
  • Fra Båthallens fasade, nordside, spiss topp og glass (Foto/Photo)
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    Fra Båthallens fasade, nordside Beate Kjørslevik (Bilde 2 av 3)
  • Over 1000 krittpiper ble funnet samlet på denne måten i leira der Barcode ligger i dag. (Foto/Photo)
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    Over 1000 krittpiper ble funnet samlet på denne måten i leira der Barcode ligger i dag. Beate Kjørslevik (Bilde 3 av 3)

In the exhibition, the interaction between man and the sea will be at the center, with emphasis on nature, resources, technology and the world of imagination. The museum looks forward to once again showing parts of the boat collection and boat dicoveries from the large excavations that have taken place in the last decade in Bjørvika in Oslo.

The Boat hall at Bygdøynes

  • Åpningen av oppgraderte utstillinger i Båthallen, 1987. (Foto/Photo)
    The Boat hall from 1987 Norsk Maritimt Museum

The Boat hall was the Norwegian Maritime Museum's first building and exhibition hall at Bygdøynes. In 1958, it opened with traditional boats from all over the coast and exhibitions on Norwegian shipping during the sailing ship era.

The exhibitions were supplemented and upgraded over the years, but there have not been sufficient funds for maintenance and rehabilitation of the buildings. In 2009, the hall was closed to the public and the exhibits and objects were removed.The boat hall and the museum's main building were designed by Trond Eliassen & Birger Lambertz-Nilssen. The hall repeats the Fram Museum's (1936) boat shape, but on a smaller scale. The hall has approx. 736 m2 exhibition area on the ground floor and 150 m2 on the mezzanine.

In the State Budget for 2016, the museum was granted an application for a grant for the rehabilitation and reopening of Båthallen. Since then, the Bergesen Foundation, the Sparebankstiftelsen, the UNI Foundation and private contributors have contributed significant funds to the project. The reopening of Båthallen with new exhibitions will again give the people along the entire coast a central place in the museum's dissemination.

The collection is Norway's most important and only nationwide collection of open traditional boats. The basic stem in the collection was provided by Bernhard Færøyvik. The center of gravity in the collection dates from the later half of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. 

The entire coast is represented, so that the main difference between the building customs in Eastern, Western and Northern Norway is clear. Various areas of use and local adaptations have been embodied in building customs such as a number of boatbuilding traditions or dialects. The collection has strong aesthetic qualities and the boats are magnificent specimens of handicraft traditions. The core of the exhibition on the ground floor in the Boat hall will be 13 traditional boats from the 19th century.

  • For folks dagligliv har båter vært uunnværlige i kystmiljø. (Foto/Photo)
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    In the daily life the boat was indispensable Norsk Maritimt Museum

Archeaology exhibited

  • Skipsfunnet BC8 etter at det var avdekket på utgravningen. Konservatorene arbeider nå med å sette sammen og stille ut skipsdelene slik de ble funnet. (Foto/Photo)
    The ship find BC8 looked like this, when it was found. The conservators is now working on putting it together in the new exbiti Norsk Maritimt Museum

For the past 15 years, the Norwegian Maritime Museum has carried out major archaeological excavations in Bjørvika in the port of Oslo. The oldest traces of harbor activity in Bjørvika are dated to the 15th and 17th centuries. This area was abandoned after the city fire in 1624. During the excavations, archaeologists found over 30 shipwrecks and large, hitherto unknown wharf facilities and boathouses. Many thousands of objects have been collected and transferred to the museum's collections. The shipwrecks have aroused interest in international research environments and among the city's population.
In the exhibition, the following themes are central:​


  • Results from the last decades of archaeological research in the old port are:

  • Presentation of the shipwrecks from Bjørvika - construction, shape and use of materials​

  • Shipping, communications and trade

In the Boat hall, beautiful and interesting finds from the excavations will be exhibited. A large glass display case with an 11 meter long shipwreck from the 17th century (Barcode 8) is a key element in the exhibition. We believe the ship was once used to transport goods and people in the inner Oslo Fjord and along the Skagerrak coast. In other stands, we will exhibit objects that tell about trade exchange and life in the harbor. Several other shipwrecks will be presented with original ship parts, animations, text and images as well as models.