On the Tanum plains, about 30 km south of Strömstad in northern Bohuslän is the Vitlycke Museum, which features extensive information on the unique rock carvings in the area, since 1994 included Unesco’s World Heritage List. It also features exhibits, reconstructed Bronze Age buildings, slide shows, a shop, cafe and restaurant, as well as archives and databases which visitors are welcome to investigate.
The museum is now showing ”The Gods and the Rock”, an exhibit about the gods of the Bronze Age, and the religious beliefs that 3,000 years ago gave rise to the rock carvings still visible today. The exciting computer animation ”And where was the sea” re-creates and illustrates how the land has risen over the millennia, to give us an idea of the landscape at the time of the Bronze Age people. Life on the Bronze Age Farm, located adjacent to the museum, shows how people managed their day-to-day activities during that time, for instance how they cooked, cast bronze and made pottery. The buildings are full-scale reproductions from the early and late Bronze Age.
In addition to the museum, the World Heritage Site at Tanum features four magnificent rock panels covered with carvings. The largest and most famous of these is the Vitlycke panel, located inside the museum area, into which thousands of symbols and images have been carved.
April — September: The Vitlycke Museum is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00
At other times groups are welcome, with bookings.
For bookings phone 0705-84 58 29 or e-mail
Free admission for children and youths up to 20 years of age.
Tel 0525-209 50 Fax 0525–293 62