The Kon-Tiki Museum
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Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Kon-Tiki - short history

Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) is one of history’s most famous scientists, adventurers and champions of the environment. The Kon-Tiki Museum houses original boats and exhibits from Thor Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions. The museum is home to permanent exhibitions about: Ra, Tigris, Fatu-Hiva, Kon-Tiki, and Easter Island. It has a separate area for short-term exhibitions, as well as a 30 metre cave tour and an underwater exhibition containing a life-size 10-metre whale shark. The museum also has a cinema and souvenir shop. The museum is open year round and has special offers for groups in the evenings.

The museum is situated at Bygdøy just outside the centre of Oslo. You can catch a bus to Bygdøy from either the Central Station or the National Theatre. The bus runs every 15 minutes. During the summer season (April - October) you can also catch a ferry to visit the Kon-Tiki Museum. The ferry departs from the quayside near City Hall. Frequent departures. - See The Kon-Tiki hall in 360 degrees ( please allow some time for the download Click here)

Just outside The Kon-tiki Museum you will find a kiosk offering coffe, tea, hotdogs and sandwiches. The kiosk is open in high season (May-September) . Same opening hours than the Kon-Tiki Museum

Photo: The balsa raft Kon-Tiki in the Kon-Tiki hall at the Kon-Tiki Museum

See films from The Kon-Tiki Museum

Photo: The Ra II at the Kon-Tiki Museum

Photo: In the basement of the Kon-Tiki Museum you will find a copy of the largest fish in the sea,
the whale shark!

Whale Shark (Rhiniodon Typus)
The whale shark is the world’s largest fish and can weigh up to 10 tons and grow to 18m long, though they seldom grow to more than 12m long. They are a light greyish blue in colour with characteristic white flecks. They have flat heads and wide mouths. Whale sharks are not dangerous and are often called the “Gentle Giants”. Even though they are the world’s largest fish, whale sharks eat tiny plankton and small fish. The plankton is filtered through the gills, though whale sharks also have thousands of very small teeth which they use to catch small fish. Whale sharks often follow shoals like tuna and dolphins do. Whales sharks can swim over enormous distances and it is usually the males which cover the most distance. Whale sharks can be found in tropical waters in all of the world’s oceans, except the Mediterranean. Unfortunately the whale shark is currently under great threat from fishing because some countries still hunt whale shark, because they can get tangled up in fishing nets and die, and because they are accidentally caught as a result of other fishing.

Click here to see the other species of fish and animals following the Kon-Tiki raft on its journey!

Photo: A 30 meter cave in the basement is worth seing!

Map: You can catch the bus to the Kon-Tiki Museum all year round. Bus no. 30 runs every 15 minutes.