Summer news from The Kon-Tiki Museum

Amazing new exhibition and activities in Norway and abroad as the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo celebrates the 100th anniversary of Thor Heyerdahl's birth

When the famous Norwegian adventurer, scientist and communicator Thor Heyerdahl died on 18 April 2002 it made headlines around the world. No Norwegian celebrity's death has received as much coverage before or since. He had become world famous 55 years earlier thanks to his legendary Kon-Tiki expedition and photos of Thor Heyerdahl and his crew together with the USA's President Truman outside the White House.

The photos and the story of the Kon-Tiki expedition were everywhere. Naturally, interest did not decline when the film about the expedition won the Oscar for best documentary and the book sold by the millions. It has since been translated into 72 languages. During these years, Thor Heyerdahl retained his world celebrity thanks to new expeditions that were loved by the entire world, but also strongly criticised by academia.

He followed up the Kon-Tiki expedition with other spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris. His recreations of prehistoric voyages showed that early man had mastered sailing before the saddle and wheel were invented. His reputation as a scientist was consolidated through his archaeological excavations on the fabled, mysterious Easter Island. Curiosity was Thor Heyerdahl's driving force. Thor Heyerdahl's archives at the Kon-Tiki Museum have now been included in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register. Much of this archive is now on display in the Kon-Tiki Museum's new library exhibition, which opened in April this year.

The Kon-Tiki Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth with a new, upgraded exhibition. There will also be a touring exhibition, accompanied by lectures and films, which will travel around Norway and abroad: Russia, the UK, Italy, the US, Canada, Spain, Armenia, Denmark, Sweden, Lithuania and Estonia. The 'Thor Heyerdahl 1914 - 2014' exhibition portrays Thor Heyerdahl's life and best known expeditions on large posters through text and photos. In July - August 2014 The Kon-Tiki Museum have exhibitions in Son, The Cruiseterminal in Oslo and at the Oslo Central Station.

Foto Above: Part 1 of the great exhibitions at Oslo Central Station.

Foto from Thor Heyerdahl Exhibition at Quality Resort & Spa Son. This exhibion last untill end of July and will then be placed at Oslo Central Station in August.

Foto; Kon-Tiki exhibition at Oslo Cruise Terminal July - December 2014

 

Foto above: At the Kon-Tiki Museum the Kon-Tiki raft has been fitted out as it was on its voyage across the Pacific Ocean in 1947.

Upgraded Kon-Tiki exhibition - Kon-Tiki sails again

The exhibition is our most comprehensive yet and has a special section for children. A new exhibition, 'The Tiki Effect', tells the story of how the names Kon-Tiki and Aku Aku (Thor Heyerdahl's expedition to Easter Island in the 1950s) became buzzwords from the 1950s to the 1970s, with bars, restaurants, music and fashion named after Kon-Tiki and Aku Aku. Even Walt Disney adopted the idea in Disneyland and the well-known pop group The Shadows had a hit with a song called Kon-Tiki.

 The Galapagos expedition - new exhibition
Thor Heyerdahl believed that South American Indians could have sailed from Peru and Ecuador to the Polynesian islands. He proved this was feasible with the Kon-Tiki expedition.“Why did no Indians visit the Galapagos Islands?” asked his opponents, who claimed that there were no clear signs that South American Indians had visited the Galapagos Islands. Thor Heyerdahl took this as a direct challenge. He quickly organised a small expedition with three archaeologists. Within two months, after digging in five locations on Floreana, Santa Cruz and Santiago, the three men had collected more than 1,988 pieces of pottery, one pottery flute, four pieces of flint, one piece of obsidian, and two other artefacts that proved the islands had been visited in both historic and prehistoric times. Thor Heyerdahl's expedition to the Galapagos Islands now has its own exhibition at the museum where kids can also learn how an archaeologist works.

Cave stone sculptures from Easter Island
When Thor Heyerdahl was on Easter Island in 1955-1956 he learned that there were old family caves that were passed down through the generations. Thor Heyerdahl became the first outsider, from a country far away over the sea, who was allowed to see a family cave on Easter Island. The sculptures he found here depicted a wide variety of subjects, from people and mammals to birds, fish, insects and molluscs. There were skulls carved in stone, animals with human heads, faces with beards, a hook-beaked birdman and models of reed boats. Thor Heyerdahl was given some of the cave stones by the local population and he bought others.

Since then, the 900 cave stone sculptures have been stored at the Kon-Tiki Museum, inaccessible to the general public until this summer in 2014. Some of them are old, while others were probably made while Thor Heyerdahl was on Easter Island in 1955-1956.

More exhibitions about Thor Heyerdahl the scientist, environmentalist, adventurer and artist will open in the autumn of 2014. There will also be a new exhibition about the fantastic voyages across the Atlantic Ocean on Ra and RA II, both named after the Egyptian sun god.



For the kids of all ages: You can meet the Whaleshark Tom from Monday 21 - Friday 25 of July at The Kon-Tiki Museum.

Thor Heyerdahl at 100 - menu competition with food writer Andreas Viestad

6 October 2014 is Thor Heyerdahl's birthday and we want you to take part in a competition to design his birthday celebration dinner. The Norwegian King and Queen will attend the dinner, which will be held at the Kon-Tiki Museum.

 Create a starter, main course or dessert inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's life and world famous expeditions: Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to French Polynesia, Ra across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados, or Tigris in the Indian Ocean. Send in your recipe and list of ingredients with an explanation of why you chose precisely this dish for your 'Thor Heyerdahl at 100' menu. You can enter one dish or all three dishes on the menu. You can also submit photos of your dishes.

THE COMPETITION IS AS FOLLOWS:
Create a starter, main course or dessert inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's life and world famous expeditions: Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to French Polynesia, Ra across the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados, or Tigris in the Indian Ocean. Send in your recipe and list of ingredients with an explanation of why you chose precisely this dish for your 'Thor Heyerdahl at 100' menu. You can enter one dish or all three dishes on the menu. You can also submit photos of your dishes.

 The competition is open to everyone.

 Send your entries to meny100@kon-tiki.no by no later than 1 September 2014

Photo:  Picknick in former Soviet Union with Thor Heyerdahl and friends.

Prizes
One Norwegian and one international winner will be chosen, and there will also be some smaller prizes.

First prize for the winning Norwegian entry:
A trip for 2 people in October/November2014 with the airline Norwegian to Marrakesh in Morocco for 2 nights at a hotel. Guided tour of Marrakesh with Madani Ait Ouhanni, crew member of Ra II, and excursion with him to the port of Safi.

First prize for the winning overseas entry:
A trip for 2 people in October/November 2014 with the airline Norwegian from abroad to Oslo. 2 nights at the fashionable Hotel Continental. 48-hour, VIP pass to attractions in Oslo, including exclusive guided tour of the Kon-Tiki Museum with Thor Heyerdahl Jnr.

For more information about what is happening at The Kon-Tiki Museum visit www.kon-tiki.no and the 'Thor Heyerdahl 100 years' Facebook page.

 

 

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