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Our Educational Explorers hit Oslo’s Museums

Our Educational Explorers hit Oslo’s Museums

Oslo’s main museums are located on the pretty island of Bygdøy but first we needed to decide the best form of transport from our Ekeberg Campsite (rudimentary site, great location). What better than a similar pass to the one we used in Amsterdam. These passes that include both attraction(s) entry and public transport are brilliant for visiting unknown cities with children. The Oslo Pass looks as good as the Amsterdam Card and should be heavily used in the next 72hrs.

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W​ith the Oslo Pass securely loaded onto the IPhone (think it does Android too..) we headed into Oslo to try it out…. The first bus journey was a breeze with a simple show of the Oslo Pass animation and ‘hey presto’ we were on our way!

Oslo’s main waterfront is a the central hub of life in Oslo and its hustle and bustle was immediately noticeable…. but yet again the feeling of a safe, secure environment is almost tangible… great when touring unknown areas with our two young daughters.

Today’s focus was centred on the Royal Palace & the 5 museums located on the pristine island of Bygdøy. The Royal Palace is unbelievably accessible with the option to walk up to the main door and even into the gardens behind the palace……..So after a quick visit here,  both girls voted on their favourites so we opted for just 3 of these museums on Bygdøy in the end – Viking Ship Museum, Kon-Tiki Museum and the celebrated Fram museum of polar exploration. Each museum had more than its share of unique history and each are well worth at least 1-2hrs if you can spare the time…. we did and both girls loved it!! Grab the free ferry ride (using your OsloPass or £6 each) across and start exploring…

Viking Ship Museum

Firstly, the Oslo Pass came up trumps in our first museum of the day – easy scan of the QR code, no need for tickets – quick, painless entry into the most amazing white washed halls…. with pride of place given to the 3 Viking burial ships that date back to 900AD. These ships (Oseberg shipthe Gokstad ship, and the Tune ship) were discovered in 1903-4 and include the burial ship of no less than Queen Asa herself (mother of the first king of Norway). Easy to access, plenty of well documented history to take in and amazing artefacts that are well laid out and at a height an 8yr old can see! A good start!!!

fram museum oslo

so where did we park the bus for the night?

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Ever wanted to pack your bags, just jump in a motorhome and go off and explore Europe as a family? Well, that’s exactly what my family has done since September 2015. Visiting 35 European countries, travelling over 54,000 miles and grabbing over 450 family experiences on the way… enjoying Bobsleigh in Norway, Climbing into Mt Etna in Sicily or Kayaking the River Dordogne.

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