It's hard not to be in awe of the efforts of Thor Heyerdahl and his team to cross the Pacific Ocean on handmade rafts. My husband knew all about the expeditions, I, however, was pretty clueless, but the museum, between films, artifacts, photos and written explanations provided enough background that allowed me to appreciate this extraordinary journey.
The Kon-Tiki Museet has what's left of Kon Tiki, the ship that Thor Heyerdahl used to prove his theory that south americans could have reached Polynesia. He constructed the boat out of materials that would have been available at the time, mostly balsa wood.There is some controversy about what he proved in his successful transit, though, since he started his journey with a 50 mile tow out of the South Pacific gyre, which would have taken him north instead of west. The museum didn't say much about that.
This museum features the Kon-Tiki, the balsa-wood raft on which Thor Hyerdahl made his famous sea voyage across the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Hyerdahl was a Norwegian who spent his life researching and proving the feasibility of pre-historic contact between the cultures of different continents. Also check out the Viking Ship museum nearby.
Very ancient and classical ships and original tools, very admire the navigators of that year, surprise to find that there is also a small library.
Located on Oslo's Bigger Peninsula, the Museum of Kantiki exhibits boats and objects used in the famous Norwegian Explorer Tol Heildar's Kantiki expedition, as well as libraries with 8,000 books. The museum was designed by architects F. S. Platou and Otto TorgersenIt. It was opened in 1957 and expanded in 1978. The Museum has a separate area for short-term expeditions, cave explorations and underwater exhibitions of whale sharks up to 10 meters long.
This was a fun museum to see and we took a water taxi to get the area where it is located. I remember reading about the Kon-Tiki expedition and how it proved the migration in the Pacific - which now they are not so sure. The vessel is there and the Academy award that they one for the documentary - the first time I saw one of those up close.