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A Part of the Natural History Museum, Paleontologisk Museum is dedicated to the study and exhibition of ancient creatures. Home to the country's largest collection of fossils, this is where you can, quite literally, set foot where the great old beasts once tread. Found here are fossils and geological specimens, excavated from the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Exhibits are arranged based on the type and period of the existence of the animal in question, which almost makes the museum seem like a life-sized evolutionary chart.
Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup all sailed this 100-year-old ship (called the Fram) on their daring Arctic expeditions. Covered by a uniquely-shaped building on the Bygdy peninsula, the ship lends weight to the museum's focus on Norway's crucial role in the history of Arctic exploration. Visitors can now visit the ship's interior and see all its original contents and, best of all, can be sure to leave the ship with great knowledge about marine exploration.
Kon-Tiki Museum focuses on explorer and scientist Thor Heyerdahl's amazing expeditions all over the world. In addition to the original Kon-Tiki raft, the museum contains vessels like Ra II, a model of the Tigris and countless relics from Heyerdahl's expeditions. A cinema hall here shows films about Heyerdahl's scientific research; there is also a multimedia program. Various exhibitions at the museum include an underwater exhibition featuring a giant whale-shark, a cave tour and a display of rare kinds of boats.