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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Address: Kjeringholmen 1A, Stavanger 4006, Norway
Phone Number: +47 51 93 93 00
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a...

A Dynamic Museum for a Dynamic IndustryNorwegian Petroleum Museum is a museum for everyone. Its exhibits explain how oil and gas are created, disovered and produced, and what they are used for. The museum also provides informastion about technological advances and the way petroleum influences Norwegian society. Original objects, models, films and interactive exhibits illustrate everything from everyday life offshore to technology and dramatic incidents. The curious cat Petro serves as a guide through the museum's science centre.The museum was designed by architects Lunde & Løvseth, and is an attraction in itself. Its architecture is a scenographic interpretation of the Norwegian bedrock, the open coastal landscape and the offshore oil installations. Architechtural reviews have said that there is hardly a building in Norway which signals its function as obviously as the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. The museum was opened in 1999.

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Great petroleum museum

This museum offers one of the most informative exhibits about petroleum industry including the history of oil industry in Stavanger, process, tools and equipment, and most... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 October 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

This museum offers one of the most informative exhibits about petroleum industry including the history of oil industry in Stavanger, process, tools and equipment, and most impressive one is lots of models of ships, rigs, and the wellheads and platforms that will make you easily understand the petroleum industry. Highly recommend.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Due to its technical character, this museum is mostly interesting for adults. Many activities (e.g. an emergency simulation in a confined premise which you need to get out of in xx minutes) and interactive features, including a 3D cinema that demonstrates how oil is mined, and how many oil-derived products we use in our everyday lives. Young kids might not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

This museum is a must see if you're in the Stavanger area. The museum documents how oil changed Norway's economy, starting in the 1960s. It leaves one with a good idea of how Norway has become what it is.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Great museum about oil and petroleum industry, interesting and engaging even if you have no great interest in the topic at all. The museum offers lots of topics connected with oil and related hands-on activities as well. I spent 1.5 hours there and it was unfortunately not enough.

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Lillehammer, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went through it twice, it was so much fun. It offers also a place to eat and a nice gift shop. The hands-on activities were awesome.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Nice museum. If you are interested in the petroeum industry, I'm sure it's an especially nice museum. Good for kids, lots to see, and a number of interactive areas. Fine place, just not my cup of tea.

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Tomball, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Very educational, and well put together. I think the history of the NCS oilfield is excellent. Also really good to see the model platforms and actual tools used by divers, etc. I would recommend.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This museum is small but well worth visiting. It covers the history of oil in the North Sea and does shy away from covering the accidents that have occurred. It also shows how wise the Norwegians have been in conserving the funds from the North Sea.

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

This won't be for everyone, but if you want to see how the Norwegian oil & gas sector works then you could do a lot worse. There are a lot of models and real equipment to see - all laid out logically. There was a geology day when I visited today - fascinating to see the actual rock cores. Also... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This was a great two hours. Its an overview of the petroleum industry in Norway. There is an interesting representation of the different stages of drilling since inception.

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