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AI17S: World Heritage Rock Art Centre – Alta Museum

World Heritage Rock Art Centre – Alta Museum

Quick Facts

Available: May 1 - September 30
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

01-12 May: Mon-Fri 09-15:00, Sat-Sun 11-16:00
13-May to 7-Jun: Every day 08-17:00
08-June to 19-Aug: Every day 08-20:00
20-Aug to 14-Sep: Every day 08-17:00
15-30 Sep: Mon-Fri 09-15:00, Sat-Sun 11-16:00

Holidays (May 1, 17, 30): Open 11-16:00

Group Size: No size restrictions
Intensity: Easy
Price: Adults: 120,-
Children 7-16: 40,-

Children under 7 years, free

Take a short trip to the Alta Museum, situated at the edge of town and beside the Altafjord. The building stands amid a vast and famous field of rock carvings, discovered by locals beginning in 1973. These ancient carvings, made over a long period from 6,000 to 2,000 years ago, were inscribed into UNESCO'S list of Global Cultural Heritage in 1985. There is a boardwalk that takes you around to see the carvings that have been uncovered. Some of the carvings have been painted to show them more clearly, and there are many more unpainted ones that have been recently found.

Inside the museum, you will find an indoor exhibit with many pictures and drawings of the carvings (and the first carving, on a loose rock, is on display), including pictures of other areas with carvings that are closed to the public. The museum also has permanent exhibitions on the Sami religion, silver treasures, the Alta River and the northern lights. Temporary exhibits downstairs cover a variety of topics from angling in the Alta River to ancient Sami artifacts. The museum has a small cafe with a spectacular view of the Altafjord, and an outstanding souvenir shop that sells everything from books to locally-crafted silver jewelry.

The tour price includes only admission to the museum. Transport to and from the museum, and guided tours in the museum, are not included. The museum provides audio guides in an assortment of languages at an extra cost, and North Adventure is happy to provide a tour guide for the museum - get in touch with us for rates.