A ferry from Aker Brygge -- Oslo's rebuilt waterfront -- leads to the nearby peninsula of Bygdøy,
home of numerous popular museums. The Norway Folk Museum is a big complex featuring numerous old buildings taken apart in their original locations around Norway and rebuilt here.
These two storehouses from Telemark (200+ miles west of Oslo) were brought
to the museum in 1898, the same year the museum opened on Bygdøy.
A 13th century stave church is a highlight of the museum's collection.
Interpreters like this baker work in some of the buildings.
A five minute walk brings visitors to the Viking Ship Museum. Three 9th century wooden Viking ships sit inside this museum, along with artifacts found with them. This is the Oseberg Ship, dated to 834 A.D. or earlier. It was found early in the 20th century buried at a farm 60 miles south of Oslo.
The Fram Museum contains two ships used by Fritdjof Nansen, Raold Amundsen and others to explore the North and South Poles in the 10 years either side of 1900. The Fram (above) pushed its way far into the ice near both poles, and teams went the rest of the way with dog sleds and skis.
A six person team led by Amundsen used the Gjøa to navigate a Northwest Passage
in the Arctic Circle from 1903 - 1906.