Today was our museum day in Oslo. We visited 5(!) museums, which Hirsh admitted was even a bit much for him. Shockingly, the museum day was Sarah's suggestion, and it's the sole reason we spent an extra day in Oslo. Below are some highlights from the museums, all on Oslo's museum island of Bygdoy, a quick ferry ride from the main port (and all included in our highly valuable purchase of a 24-hour Oslo Pass).
The Viking Ship Museum: contained two fully restored and one damaged Viking ship. Incredible to see how huge and well constructed these ships were.
The Folk Museum: huge and impressive collection of restored homes and artifacts from around the country. One of the highlights was a folk dance and song performance by these two artists, who were just adorable with each other. We also got to see an impressive typical Norwegian stave church, made of wooden beams, and coated with tar for increased flammability (I mean, that's not why they're coated in tar, but that's certainly why, according to our guide, the number of stave churches in Norway is down from 4,000 to 29. Oops.)
The Kon-Tiki Museum: commemorating Thor Heyerdahl's incredible journey across the South Pacific. That's the actual ship! If you haven't seen the amazing recent feature film of the same name, it was on Netflix at last check; Heyerdahl's 1957 documentary of his voyage also won an Oscar.
The Fram Polar Ship Museum: contained two huge polar expedition ships used by many brave Norwegian explorers including Roald Amundsen. This was really an incredibly well-done museum exhibit, and we only wished it weren't towards the end of our day, because boy were we tired.
We ended the day with a delicious homemade meal of fresh shrimp prepared in the traditional Norwegian style by our wonderful Airbnb hostess, Gaby. Here's a view from her dining table. You can even see the Olympic ski jump off in the distance. Not too shabby!