World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum

The World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum (Verdensarvsenter for bergkunst – Alta Museum) is located at Alta in Troms og Finnmark, Norway.[1]

World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum
Rock carving at the Alta Museum site

World Heritage Rock Art - Alta Museum is situated in Hjemmeluft, a small bay in the Altafjord at a site of early settlement of Finnmark dating from around 11,000 years ago.[2][3] In 1973, the first rock carvings in Hjemmeluft were found. To date over 3,000 figures have been registered here. In the municipality as a whole over 6000 figures have been registered.

The museum opened in June 1991 and won the European Museum of the Year Award in 1993.[4] Alta Museum is northern Norway's most-visited summer museum, with more than 1,000 visitors each day.[4] It is the second most visited attraction in Finnmark County. It presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries including the nearby prehistoric rock carvings that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[5]


  1. ^ The Rock Art of Alta (Norges Verdensarv)
  2. ^ "Records in the Rock". International Wildlife. 2001-01-01. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  3. ^ "Pollution Threatens Prehistoric Carvings". BBC News. 2000-09-01. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  4. ^ a b Mark Littlefield (2003). "Carved in Tone". Scandinavian Review. Retrieved 2008-03-22.
  5. ^ "Map - Hjemmeluft". UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Retrieved December 1, 2017.

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Coordinates: 69°56′50.9″N 23°11′11.6″E / 69.947472°N 23.186556°E / 69.947472; 23.186556