Kon-Tiki Museum

The Kon-Tiki Museum (Norwegian: Kon-Tiki Museet) is a museum in the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo, Norway. It houses vessels and maps from the Kon-Tiki expedition, as well as a library with about 8,000 books.[1] It was opened in a provisional building in 1949. In 1957, the current building—designed by architects F. S. Platou and Otto Torgersen—was opened.[2] In 1978, an extension of the museum designed by Torgersen was opened.

Kon-Tiki Museum
Layout of Kon-Tiki Museum

The museum was originally built to house the Kon-Tiki, a raft of balsa wood of pre-Columbian model that Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl used to sail from Peru to Polynesia in 1947. Another boat in the museum is the Ra II, a vessel built of reeds according to Heyerdahl's perception of an ancient Egyptian seagoing boat. Heyerdahl sailed the Ra II from North Africa to the Caribbean after a previous attempt with the reed boat Ra failed.[3]

Beneath the raft is a model of the whale shark that the crew encountered on the voyage.[3]

The Kon-Tiki Museum is situated near several other museums including the Fram Museum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Maritime Museum.


  1. ^ "Om Museet" (in Norwegian). Kon-Tiki Museum. Archived from the original on 14 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  2. ^ Tvedt, Knut Are, ed. (2010). "Kon-Tiki Museet". Oslo byleksikon (in Norwegian) (5th ed.). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. pp. 312–13. ISBN 978-82-573-1760-7.
  3. ^ a b "Kon-tiki Museum: About the museum".

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Coordinates: 59°54′13″N 10°41′53″E / 59.90361°N 10.69806°E / 59.90361; 10.69806