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Alta Museum - World Heritage Rock Art Centre

#1 of 3 Museums in Alta
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Address: Altaveien 19, Alta 9518, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 417 56 330
11:00 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 15:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours


Experience one of Northern...


Experience one of Northern Europe's largest rock carving sites, inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list. The carvings were made by hunters and gatherers, the oldest carvings are over 7000 years. The rock art park is available in the snow free period.

The museum is open all year and features exhibitions on rock art in Alta and other cultural history exhibitions. Temporary exhibitions on themes such as the Northern Lights, angling and art exhibitions. Cafe with a panoramic view over the Altafjord and souvenir shop. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement. Audioguides available in Norwegian, English, German and French.

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we enjoyed the visit despite we were not able to see the paintings as they were covered by snow. Anyway you get a lot of informations and pictures.

Reviewed 2 January 2017
Levallois-Perret, France
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Levallois-Perret, France
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

we enjoyed the visit despite we were not able to see the paintings as they were covered by snow. Anyway you get a lot of informations and pictures.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

I never cease to be amazed at the Artwork of our early settlers of many nations that have, or are still being discovered. Over 5000 carvings have been found at this site in Alta, and we were told by our guide that many hectares of this Park alone still hide thousands more under a top layer of moss and/or soil.... More 

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Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were very lucky with the weather on the day of our visit - it was sunny, almost no wind and really warm. A walk outside was very pleasant - the paths are very nicely made, information is sufficient and you can pace yourself as fast or slow you want. I think it is quite nice that they are removing... More 

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Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

Be prepared to walk a little through a very picturesque landscape around the bay to discover amazingly old rock art. The shorter walk to the left has the oldest art - ~6,500 years old, although it has been 'painted' to preserve it. The walk to the right are younger -only be 1,000-2,000 years. You also get a great guide to... More 

Thank Sandy C
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Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the museum even though the weather wasn't the best. The good little hike around the path showing the rock carvings is recommendable although some of the non painted carvings were a bit difficult to spot. If you're in Alta and are in for some ancient history, this is the place to visit.

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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

I took the 3km tour to see all the carvings, but you can also take a shorter, 1km tour to see just part of them. Also the 3km tour has some steep roads, so it's better to take the short tour if you have trouble with that. When you start the tour, you get a brochure with drawings of all... More 

Thank Koos83
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

best when the weather is nice, a walk through prehistory in around 60 - 90 minutes all outdoors, a small cafeteria in the main building,

Thank TomOpo
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Nice museum with the history of human activity in the area. In the park outside marvelous rock art from prehistoric time. Very much worth visiting

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Hostivice, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Whole exposition is about 3 km long outdoor path, so dont forget your jacket, it can be really windy from open sea side.

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Winchester, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 August 2016

We used the free bikes at our hotel, skipped the over priced coach tour and found this location on our own. It was an easy bike ride using the designated bike paths. The museum is very well done and worth the time and effort to get to. Do both walking paths and spend some time viewing the inside exhibits. Fascinating... More 

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