The Norwegian Museum of Technology is full of pioneering, life-sustaining, and also miraculous discoveries and inventions. In a swift, highly varied and interactive manner it displays the extent to which the development of science, technology, industry and medicine are continually determining our lives. The "Mellotron", an electromechanical keyboard instrument which the Beatles used to recreate the sound of a flute for their classic hit "Strawberry Fields Forever", has an equal place here alongside an exciting journey into the microscopic worlds of the human body, and a steam engine dating back to 1852, whose rods were modelled on the Gothic lancet windows that were all the rage at the time. Typical Norwegian aspects in the exhibition include sections on the timber economy and on oil and gas extraction: oil in particular has provided the country with an immense amount of wealth since the 1970s. In the "Science Centre" visitors can explore the achievements of technical history in a playful manner, whether this be in the planetarium, in the sound studio, programming robots or in an experimental laboratory for regenerative energy.
Are you acquainted with the Mona Lisa of biological science? Or do you know what a Chordanlodion is? No? Then why not visit the Norwegian Museum of Technology, whose mission is to give visitors as clear an idea as possible of the dynamic interaction between technology and our everyday life?
Example 1: our plastic "culture". Nowadays the colourful variety of synthetic products is nothing unusual; their seemingly unlimited uses, the problems of disposal and their indisputable contribution towards democratisation by producing articles en masse that were once only the privilege of the wealthy. Example 2: the history of medicine. The world’s first photo of the famous double helix the molecule that contains our gene pool - is exhibited proudly here on a level with the Mona Lisa (and now you have the answer to the first question posed above!). Medical developments become very palpable in the form of the numbers 81 and 5. 81 days was the average time patients used to spend in hospital in 1853. Nowadays it is 5. Example 3: industrialisation. Thanks to the use of original steam engines, turbines and mechanical weaving looms the exhibition takes visitors back to the beginnings of the industrial revolution. In Norway it all began almost next door in the Oslo suburb of Sagene. Sagene also contains the Museum’s new building, opened in 1986. Here in the 1840s the first cotton mills, engine works and sawmills were set up on the banks of the Akerselva. As elsewhere in Europe they first used the hydraulic power provided by the river, but later the water wheels were replaced by steam engines. Correspondingly the museum provides brochures (and also, in the near future) a digital audio system for guided walks to the 12 industrial monuments in the immediate neighbourhood. These include an old nail factory whose newly restored workshops and studios are now occupied by artists: clear evidence of how abandoned industrial sites have been redeveloped for modern usage.
|Recommended duration of visit:||1-3 Hours|
|Duration of a guided Tour:||45 Minutes|
|Access for persons with disabilities:||Available|
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|Visitor centre on site:||yes|
|Gift and book shop on Site:||yes|
20 June to 20 August:
21 August to 19 June:
Tuesday - Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday, Sunday 11am-6pm