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Don’t leave Oslo without a stop at one of the museums! Some of the best ones also have free entrance. There is loads to experience, just be sure to check the opening hours, they vary from place to place. Drop by the Use-It office for information or to borrow a computer and check for yourself!

bygdøy

Several of Oslo’s most interesting museums can be found at the Bygdøy peninsula. You can get there by taking boat 91 (May-September only) from the Rådhus pier no. 3 to Bygdøynes, or by bus nr. 30 from Nationaltheatret. Bygdøy is also at perfect biking distance from central Oslo.

Norsk Folkemuseum
Museumsveien 10
www.norskfolkemuseum.no
Norway’s largest and oldest folk museum is an open-air collection with more than 150 houses from different parts of the country. You can visit one of Norway’s few remaining medieval stave churches, and talk to the nice guides dressed up in national costumes. Especially worth a visit if you don’t have a chance to visit other parts of Norway. There are daily activities all summer.

Viking Ship Museum
Huk Aveny 35.
www.khm.uio.no
The world’s best-preserved viking ships and other authentic 900-year old artefacts. A popular museum, so be prepared to fight your way through hoards of other tourists!

Kon-Tiki Museum
Bygdøynesveien 36
www.kon-tiki.no
The Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl built the papyrus raft Kon-Tiki to sail from America to Polynesia in 1947. Here are Easter Island statues, a full size 10 m. whale shark, and a film room with continuous showings of Thor Heyerdahls exhibitions.

The Polar Ship Fram
Bygdøynes
www.fram.museum.no
The polar ship Fram was used for expeditions by Fridtjof Nansen, Otto Sverdrup and Roald Amundsen, and went both to the North and the South Pole. Built in 1892, the ship is exhibited with original interior and inventory, and you can walk around on the ship, both inside and up on deck.

kvadraturen

The Museum of Contemporary Art is found in the old quarter of Oslo. Close to the main entrance of Akershus Fortress there are also several smaller art galleries.

The Museum of Contemporary Art
Bankplassen 4
www.nasjonalmuseet.no
The museum is Norway’s national centre for modern art. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions of international and Norwegian artists. Perhaps the only museum in the world where visitors can leave behind bags and coats in a vault – the museum is located in the monumental 95-year-old former headquarters of the Norwegian National Bank. Free entrance on Sundays!

downtown

Astrup Fearnley Museum
Strandpromenaden 2
www.afmuseet.no
Right in the middle of a spanking new part of town you’ll find Oslo’s biggest museum of modern art. Fantastic museum building by Renzo Piano and temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and foreign artists from ‘45 until today. Among the permanent exhibitions you find artist as Damien Hirst and Jeff Coons.

The National Gallery
Universitetsgaten 13
www.nasjonalmuseet.no
The largest collection of Norwegian and international art up to 1945. Emphasis on the major works from the National Romantic period. The painting “Scream” by Edvard Munch is displayed here. Free entrance on Sundays!

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
St. Olavsgate 1
www.nasjonalmuseet.no
Historical collections of Norwegian and international costume, fashion design, textiles, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and other craft forms the 7th century to the present. Also some temporary exhibitions. Free entrance on Sundays!

The Historical Museum
Fredriksgate 2
www.khm.uio.no
Here you can walk through Norway’s ancient history, presented in a contemporary way. There is a large Viking-age department. If you get tired of Norwegian culture, go upstairs.

Natural History Museum
Sars’ gate 1
www.nhm.uio.no
Right in the middle of the Botanical Gardens (see “Parklife” for info on the Gardens) you’ll find: The Zoological Museum, The Geological Museum (with a full-sized T-rex) and greenhouses. Take the underground to Tøyen/Munch museet.

Munch Museum
Tøyengata 53
www.munch.museum.no
Paintings and graphic works, including various versions of The Scream, from the Norwegian expressionist Edvard Munch. Interesting exhibit downstairs depicting Munch’s life. Transport: any metro going east to Tøyen.

The Ibsen Museum
Arbinsgate 1
www.norskfolkemuseum.no
Ibsen’s apartment. Henrik Ibsen lived in this apartment from 1895 until he died in 1906. The apartment in itself isn’t very interesting, but the guided tours are. The guides give you an insight into his life, work, personality and quirky habits.

Nobel Peace Center
Brynjulf Bulls plass 2
www.nobelpeacecenter.org
The Nobel Peace Center presents all the Nobel peace price winners and their work, in addition to the history of Alfred Nobel’s life.

The Stenersen Museum
Munkedamsveien 15
www.stenersen.museum.no
The Stenersen Museum is a gallery for contemporary art. It also houses three private art collections donated by Rolf E. Stenersen, Amaldus Nielsen, and Ludvig O. Ravensberg.

Oslo City Museum
Frognerveien 67
www.oslomuseum.no
The Oslo City Museum was established in 1905. It houses a historical collection about the history and development of Oslo.

Norways Resistance Museum
Akershus festning, building 21
forsvaretsmuseer.no/Forsvarsmuseet
Norway was occupied by Germany for five years during the second World War, from 1940 to 1945. The museum portrays the Resistance movement’s battle against the germans.

DogA
Hausmannsgate 16
www.doga.no
The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) offers design- and architecture exhibitions, conferances, restaurant and a bar. If you ever are in town for the Pecha Kucha nights which is held at DogA you should definitely go! Pecha Kucha is a presentation night which is held four times a year. Here designers, architects, musicians and artists share ideas and presents their work in a short time frame (6 minutes and 40 seconds per presentation), some in English. There’s also a DJ or a live gig. Check out www.pechakucha.org for more info.

surroundings

Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter
Sonja Henies vei 31
www.hok.no
Not actually in Oslo, but on the Oslo fjord and an exciting museum so we’ll include it anyway! Norway’s largest collection of international modern art. Varying exhibitions, sculpture park, extensive museum shop and an excellent restaurant. Guided tours in several languages. Take Bus 151 from the train station.

Emanuel Vigeland Museum
Grimelundsveien 8
www.emanuelvigeland.museum.no
The Emanuel Vigeland Museum is actually a mausoleum. The strangely shaped building is decorated inside with an 800 square meter fresco: “Vita”. Vigeland spent 20 years painting it. Some tourists claim this is the best sight in Norway. Emanuel Vigeland is the brother of Gustav Vigeland, who made the Vigeland Park. Take the Subway line 1 to Slemdal.

Museum of Science and Technology
Kjelsåsveien 143
www.tekniskmuseum.no
Cars, planes, computers and trains. And alot more. Excellent for children. Take bus 54 from Jernbanetorget or Aker Brygge, or the tram to Kjelsås Railway Station.

The Holmenkollen Skimuseum
Kongeveien 5
www.skiforeningen.no
The entrance fee includes access to the ski museum, café, shops and a trip to the top of the skijump. Take metro no 1 to Holmenkollen for a great view of the city, and visit the worlds oldest ski museum.

oslo pass

The Oslo Pass is the easiest and cheapest way to experience Oslo.

The Oslo Pass gives you free entry to 33 museums and attractions, free public transport, free parking in municipal parking lots, a lot of activities and special offers in restaurants, shops, entertainment, leisure venues and much more.

But remember that if you’re not up for more than a few activities or attractions the card doesn’t pay off, as many museums are free to enter anyway.

Buy it at Oslo’s information centres, hotels, hostels and camping sites.

 

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