Well, after several months away from cities that might house science museums we’re temporarily back in the modern world. Unfortunately in the Oslo Science Museum the modern world ended about 1984.
A science museum that is covered in dust is a bad sign. A science museum where they don’t explain the science behind the things that you see – well that’s not good. A science museum that has a history of computing ending the 1980s and an exhibition that gives you a simulated chance to use one of these new-fangled mobile phone things is missing something crucial.
To be fair the Oslo Science Museum has some nice individual items such as some old planes. But they are terribly poorly cared for and kept in dark and dingy corners. The only thing really well-presented in the whole place was the huge shop.
The one thing we did enjoy and come away with some new knowledge regarding was paper-making. We had no idea that making paper from wood was such a recent innovation, nor that it was invented by a Norwegian.
There is a hands-on area in the basement that has the usual suspects all lined up. There was some fun to be had there but little learning or even novelty. And for the second most expensive museum we’ve visited on our travels there simply wasn’t enough.
Jennifer’s full review page is here.