Top Museums in Oslo

Let's show you some of the most interesting museums in Oslo.

Only some of them, because this city has a great variety of museums and an impressing number of museums, so including them all will be impossible.

We hope to get back with more photos in order to show you the museum buildings.

The Kon-Tiki Museum

Oslo the kon-tiki museum

In April 1947, the Kon-Tiki raft was leaving the harbour of Calla in Peru. Starting it's 101 day's lasting voyage, that after a distance of 8000 kilometres, brought the expedition to the shores of Raroia Reef in Polynesia.

Under the leadership of Thor Heyerdahl, the raft with 6 men made a successful crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

Many years later, Heyerdahl also made several spectacular expeditions, with the reed boats named RA and Tigris.

The archives of Thor Heyerdahl are now included in the "Memory of the World" registers of UNESCO.

If you are visiting the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, you can learn more about the exciting work of Thor Heyerdahl.

The Kon-Tiki museum has permanent exhibitions about the RA, Tigris, Kon-Tiki and the Easter Islands. You can also experience a 30 metre cave tour, as well as an underwater exhibition where you can be impressed by a full size 10-metre whale shark.

From the homepage of the Kon-Tiki Museum we quote:

"The museum also has a cinema and souvenir shop.

The museum is open year round and has special offers for groups in the evenings. Competition for children and young people with great prizes.

Welcome to the Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo."

Location: Bygdøynesveien 36, 0286 Oslo

Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History in Oslo

Norsk Folkemuseum was established in 1894, and here you will be able to see the largest collection of culturale history in the country.

The Exhibitions of the The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum) shows the living conditions in both rural and urban Norway during the time from 1500 and up to modern times.

The Open Air Museum has more than 150 buildings, and also shows the difference between living in the countryside and in the towns. See for yourself the differencies in lifes of the social classes.

The Museum has 5 medieval buildings, one of them is the unique Gol Stave Church from year 1200.

See for yourself the buildings, tools and other items, old photography's and a lot of other things related to the theme.

Norsk Folkemuseum also has a Sami collection.

In the museum area you can experience the cultural history presented in many ways, including very popular folk dancing.

From the Museums own homepage we quote:

"The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects focusing especially on children, youth and the multicultural population.

Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture.

There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round."

Location: Museumsv.10, Oslo,

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The Museum of Contemporary Art

the museum of contemporary art in oslo

While older and modern art is shown at the National Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art is focusing on, just that, - the contemporary art.

The main focus of the collection is on Norwegian paintings and sculptures from the 19th century.

The museum also has a great collection of prints and drawings by both Norwegian and international artists.

Highlights of the collection include major works by Edvard Munch, where the famous painting The Scream is one of them.

Location: Bankplassen 4

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The National Museum also has an impressing collection of design and crafts, shown at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design.

The exhibitions shows costumes, fashion and textiles, glass and furniture, silverware, ceramics and other crafts.

Admire the Royal Costume Collection, and not to mention the amazing Baldishol Tapestry, Baldisholteppet, a beautiful woven tapestry from the 12th century.

Here you can see a wide range of art from beautiful, antique Greek vases, East Asian art objects and all through to the history of European design.

Location: St. Olavs gate 1

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The National Gallery

the Norwegian national gallery in Oslo

The National Gallery was established in 1837, and has the largest collections of paintings and sculptures from Norwegian artists. You will also see many works by international artists.

In the 2.floor of the National Gallery, is the collection's highlights through the exhibition The Dance of Life.

The collection goes from antiquity to 1950.

The Museum's exhibition venues in Oslo are the the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art,the National Gallery and the National Museum of Architecture.

Walking through the halls, you can follow Norwegian art from 1800's - and 1900's - from romanticism to modernism.

In some of the halls graphics and drawings are displayed in conjunction with the paintings.

The Gallery is situated in the city centre, and is open most of the year.

Adress: The National Gallery, Universitetsgata 13

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The National Museum of Architecture

The building that is housing the National Museum of Architecture, was finished in 1830, and was designed by Christian H. Grosch.

Two other architects, one from the 19th century and one from the 20th century have been contributing to developing the building to it's present form.

The collections are covering historical themes through to contemporary architecture.

Location: Bankplassen 3

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The Munch Museum

Oslo the Munch Museum

Edvard Munch died in 1944, and had then unconditionally bequeathed all his remaining works to the City of Oslo.

The works of Edvard Munch is recognized as the some of the most important Norwegian contribution to the history of art.

He is actually the only Norwegian artist who has had important influence on European art trends, maybe most as a pioneer of Expressionism in the Nordic countries and Germany.

The Munch Museum was opened in 1963, and was actually build for the purpose of store and show the amazing collection of 1.100 paintings, 4.500 drawings and about 18.000 prints.

The most important works are always on display in the museum.

Location: Tøyengata 53

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The Vigeland Museum

At a walking distance from the city centre is the Frognerparken, or Vigeland Sculpture Park.

The Vigeland Museum is a part of the Vigeland Sculpture Park, and is fully dedicated to Gustav Vigeland and his works.

This is the sculpture museum of Oslo, presenting the sculptures and preserving them for the future.

The museum has temporary exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, installations, sculptures and video based art.

Outside the museum building is the Vigeland Park, a beautiful park of green lawns and trees, and an impressive collection of more than 200 amazing sculptures in granite, bronze and wrought iron, all by the artist Gustav Vigeland.

This is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Norway, and is open to visitors all year round.

The sculptures are mainly placed along a 850 metres long axis, and at the end of it is the famous "Monolite" plateau and the "Wheel of Life".

The Vigeland Museum is only five minutes walk from the main gate in the Vigeland Park.

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The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Norwegian museum of science in Oslo

The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology and Medicine is exciting exhibitions on Norwegian history of industry, oil- and gas production, transportation and a lot of exciting and fascinating activities.

The collections contains about 40.000 items, documents and photos, and in addition ait has 10.000 items related to medical hisory.

If you are interested in the connections between technology and music, you sure will find the exhibition "Music Machines" worth a visit.

And then there is the "Science Center". Through active participation you can explore energy, mathematics, light in darkness, physical phenomena and a lot of other things.

You can build your own Lego-robot in the Robot Centre, learn programming activities and explore energy sources like wind, solar and water.

The Science Centre has 1400 m2 to its disposition, and you will love it, wheter you are young or old.

Easy accessable by public transport, and free parking if you come by car.

Adress: Kjelsåsveien 143

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