Journey to Japan’s past where we meet the samurai in war and peace.

Temporary exhibition
Open until 30 December 2023

Historical Museum Oslo

Our story begins in the turbulent Sengoku period of civil war in the 1400 and 1500s, when the samurai was a brutal and feared warrior. 

In the exhibition, you can see a selection of 15 samurai armours, as well as swords and other items the samurai used.  Among the highlights, is the suit of armour Roald Amundsen received as a gift on his travels in Japan. See the samurai’s characteristic helmets, decorated with fantastic figures inspired by nature - status symbols used to tell the warriors apart and scare the enemy.