Travel back in time with Alta Museum and learn all about how people in Alta lived through the ages. With rock carvings and paintings stretching back more than 7,000 years, this UNESCO World Heritage Centre is bound to leave an impression.

Safely tucked in a bay that looks out on the beautiful Altafjord, Alta Museum is the home to over 3,500 rock carvings. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by ancient rock carvings on both sides of the bay, inviting them to step into the past. “Alta Museum is both a museum and a World Heritage centre, meaning that we have a responsibility to protect and take care of the rock art, as well as our own local history,” says Anita Tapio, marketing manager at Alta Museum.

Alta Museum: Unveil Norway’s prehistoric rock art with Alta Museum

The rock art in Alta is one of eight must-see attractions on UNESCO’s World Heritage list in Norway, and no wonder. With rock art scattered all over the region and over half in the museum’s area, visitors get the chance to see 2,000–7,000 year-old rock carvings, all exploring the lives of the earliest Alta citizens. “Our knowledge of the prehistoric locals is very much owed to the rock carvings, which teaches us about their interactions with reindeer, moose, bears and other animals, as well as hunting traditions, boats, and religious rituals. It’s a fascinating peek into the past,” says Tapio.

Offering both indoor exhibitions and an outdoor rock carving area, there are plenty of things to see. Whether you are a history or archaeology fan, an avid hiker who appreciates a nice walk, or a curious museum-shop explorer, Alta Museum has something for you.

Alta Museum: Unveil Norway’s prehistoric rock art with Alta Museum

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