About the Museum

Visit the Kon-Tiki Museum and see the famous vessels used by Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl in some of the great sea voyages in modern history. The main exhibitions even have their own storylines for children.

About the museum

Following the world-renowned, sensational Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947, the Kon-Tiki Museum was established in Oslo. Everyone wanted to see the primitive Kon-Tiki raft constructed after ancient models, and nearly 20 million people have visited the museum since it opened its doors in 1950. Come explore Thor Heyerdahl’s famous legacy, from heeding an insatiable curiosity and challenging established truths, to championing environmental issues and sustainability, striving for world peace and promoting deep respect for the indigenous peoples of the world. Thor Heyerdahl was a resolute and fascinating man who fulfilled his dreams of exploring the world and actually living the science.

The museum’s exhibitions, accompanied by informative texts in many languages, present the breadth of Heyerdahl’s life’s work, from his first trip to Fatu Hiva, to the voyages with the Kon-Tiki, the Ra, the Ra II and the Tigris, as well as the expeditions to the Galàpagos Islands, Easter Island (Rapa Nui) and Tùcume in Peru.

Visitors to the museum can also experience models of sharks and fish in an underwater exhibition under the Kon-Tiki raft, wander a 30-metre-long replica of a cave on Easter Island, see Heyerdahl’s vast personal library of books, and from a biographical exhibition, learn more about the person Thor Heyerdahl was.

In addition, the Kon-Tiki and Ra exhibitions include stories, featuring Johannes the Crab and Safi the Monkey, especially designed to engage the museum’s youngest visitors. And for those interested in Tiki pop culture, there is a small Tiki-themed exhibition as well as Tiki merchandise available in our museum shop.

The Academy Award-winning documentary film Kon-Tiki from 1950 is screened daily at 12:00 in the museum cinema.

Visit

The Kon-Tiki Museum is located on the Bygdøy Peninsula in Oslo. Via public transportation, it can be reached by the No. 30 bus year year-round, and by the ferry to Bygdøynes in the summer season.

Opening hours, Monday to Sunday

November–February 10:00–16:00
March–May 10:00–17:00
June–August 09:30–18:00
September–October 10:00–17:00

The Kon-Tiki Museum is open every day of the week, year-round, with the exception of the following holidays: December 24th, 25th, 31st, January 1st and May 17th.

“One can’t buy a ticket to paradise. You have to find it within yourself.”
– Thor Heyerdahl

Tickets

Adults 100,–
Children (ages 6-15) 40,–
Families (2+5) 200,–
Groups (10+ people) 60,– p.p.
Students/seniors 60,–
School groups Free
Tours, daytime (max. 30) 500,–

We also sell joint tickets for entrance to two or more of the museums at Bydgøynes: The Kon-Tiki Museum, The Fram Museum and The Norwegian Maritime Museum. We recommend buying joint tickets if planning to visit more than one of the museums. Joint tickets are sold at all three museums and provide a 10% discount on admissions.

Kon-Tiki Museum and Fram Museum

Adults 180,–
Seniors 100,–
Students 80,–
Children 60,–
Families 360,–

Kon-Tiki Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum

Adults 180,–
Seniors 90,–
Students 80,–
Children 60,–
Families 360,–

Kon-Tiki Museum, Fram Museum and Norwegian Maritime Museum

Adults 270,–
Seniors 140,–
Students 100,–
Children 90,–
Families 540,–

School visits

The museum offers guided tours for school groups of up to 30 students for NOK 500. Admission is free for school classes during the school year. Booking requests can be made via email and should include the preferred date and time for the tour, name of school, number of students and adults, background information for the visit, contact person and invoice address.

Guided tours

Guided tours of the museum for all other groups, during or outside normal opening hours, are by appointment only. Please inquire via email for prices and booking. Travel operators with groups visiting the museum during opening hours who are interested in a guided tour should contact Oslo Guideservice or Oslo Guideforening.

Events

The Kon-Tiki Museum offers tailored arrangements for special occasions. Whether a formal conference or casual gathering of friends, the story of world-famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl, the Kon-Tiki and the Ra II can be an interesting and exotic backdrop for a corporate or private event. We can provide tours in Norwegian or English, light refreshments or full catering for an unforgettable evening. Contact us for more information.

Conference room

Why not consider hosting your next meeting or seminar in an exclusive conference room with its own tiki-lounge, including a delicious lunch and guided tour of the museum? Contact us for details.

Board

  • Ingjerd Hoëm, Chairman of the Board
  • Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo
  • Cato Schiøtz
  • Partner, Schjødt
  • Mads Ravn
  • Head of Research, The Vejle Museums, Denmark
  • Thor Heyerdahl
  • Family Representative
  • Reidar Solsvik
  • Curator, The Kon-Tiki Museum

Staff