The Kon-Tiki Museet focuses on explorer Thor Heyerdahl's amazing expeditions. In addition to the original Kon-Tiki raft, the ... More
The Kon-Tiki Museet focuses on explorer Thor Heyerdahl's amazing expeditions. In addition to the original Kon-Tiki raft, the museum contains vessels like Ra II, a model of the Tigris and countless relics from Heyerdahl's expeditions. A cinema hall here shows films about Heyerdahl's scientific research and there is also a multimedia program.
This museum is dedicated to the late Norwegian adventurer and marine biologist Thor Heyerdahl. He is most famous for his quite contrarian anthropological theories and the expeditions he made to prove their feasibility.
He proved that it would have been possible for the Ancient Egyptians to have communicated with the Americans by sailing a papyrus boat. Ra II, from Morocco to Central America. Likewise he proved that it would have been possible for the Easter Island to have been settled from South America by sailing a balsa fleet, Kon-Tiki, there. Both Ra II and Kon-Tiki are on display.
Modern methods such as genetics have shown that his theories, unlike his vessels, did not hold water. Still, they did show that the ancients were a lot more capable than previously thought and they are also terrific adventures.
The exhibition is in English as well as Norwegian. The museum is definitely well-worth the visit.
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