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Norwegian Petroleum Museum

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Address: Kjeringholmen 1A, Stavanger 4006, Norway
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+47 51 93 93 00
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Basically a must when in Stavanger

Very interesting museum treating about oil and gas exploration in Norway and its impact on environment. Many attractions for kids: evacuation slide, escape suits, dark room in... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Haugesund, Norway
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Haugesund, Norway
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very interesting museum treating about oil and gas exploration in Norway and its impact on environment. Many attractions for kids: evacuation slide, escape suits, dark room in addition to playground . Many models of the installation. Economic model of Norwegian oil exploration and benefits to the nation also are presented.

Thank Kokosowo
Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Been there several times and the displays have not changed much over the years as far as I can notice. Not too exciting. The oil museum in Petronas towers in Kuala Lumpur is much better.

Thank Fjodolf1
Siri V, Guest Relations Manager at Norwegian Petroleum Museum, responded to this review

Hello Fjodolf1, and thank you for Your review. I am sorry you do not find Our Exhibitions too exciting. We do change parts of the Exhibitions each year so hopefully you will find it somewhat better the NeXT time you visit the museum. This May we open a New Exhibition about geology, I hope that you will visit the museum... More 

Stavanger, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great historic exhibit of the history of oil in general and the way the petroleum industry has affected Norway specifically. The museum is very interactive and suitable for children. There are models of off shore oil rigs and exhibits that you walk, crawl, climb and jump through. It is well worth a visit if you are staying... More 

Thank nordicatz
Stavanger Municipality, Norway
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK museum for kids or someone with above average interest in oil platforms.. we took some guests there and they seemed kind of bored.

Thank Catk23
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum tells the total petroleum history of Norway. I think it is a "must" for everybody visiting Stavanger, the oil centre of Norway.

Thank Jon Ingve L
Tromso, Norway
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The activities are not as interesting for the kids. Several of the attractions were damaged. The films were boring. I don't recommend this for kids in the 5-10 age group.

Thank Thorz
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

I work in the oil sector (hence why I was in Stavanger) and even I learned loads in what is a fantastic museum. It really brings it all home when you get to see real bits and pieces in front of you (rather than on PowerPoint presentation courses), particularly about the engineering side (for me anyway). Thought that 3 of... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent tour around the museum with a school group. Guide catered very well for students, great exhibition space with interactive activities.

Thank tomwjsimpson
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Stavanger people are proud of their unique oil history. This museum is no exeption. It is absolutely worth a visit. Staff here is great. Nice informative models and creative ways to tell a gripping history. It might be a bit biased towards locals and the nostalgic past. What about the enviroment aspect, the ongoing ethical critizism and what about the... More 

Thank Pål R
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very nice to see! The Norwegian Petroleum Museum in Stavanger provides a modern interactive setting for experiencing how oil and gas were created millions of years ago, how petroleum is found and how it is used. The museum also provides insights into technological developments in the petroleum sector, and the way this industry has affected Norwegian society.

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