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  • Arts & Museums

    »Stromstads Museum

    Located in a quiet corner of the city, the Stromstads Museum houses a huge collection of objects, artifacts and archived photographs. Apart from that, it has an extensive collection of local literature. The museum attracts hordes of visitors who come here to explore the past of the region. Besides that, the museum is full to its capacity when it organizes exhibitions and cultural events in its premises. Call ahead to know more.

    Sodra Hamngatan 26
    Stromstad, 452 30

    »Brekkeparken

    The Brekkeparken is a great site that offers moments of respite to the many visitors that pay a visit to it. Blessed with a large landscaped park, famous museums like the Telemark museum along with various other attractions like restaurants and a bookstore, it undoubtedly draws plenty of tourists each year. Offering visitors the best of both worlds from a sneak into the local history to typical farm-styled buildings, the site is quite vibrant and entertaining. Certainly, Brekkeparken is one such destination that can be admired and explored effortlessly. Exhibits can be viewed by appointment throughout the year. Call ahead for more details.

    Øvregate 41
    Skien , 3715

    »Henrik Ibsen Museum

    The Henrik Ibsen Museum is a reflection of the playwright and dramatist Henrik Ibsen's life and lifestyle. Known for his poetry and as a theater director, the father of contemporary drama is paid tribute to at this destination. Now serving as a museum, the historic home is a site full of collections by the veteran. The interiors of the home brings about a modern feel. There are multi-media exhibitions also staged here which interactively depicts the life of this playwright. Now owned by the Telemark Museum, it constituted the home of the theater master for 8 long years. For more details, do call ahead.

    Venstøphøgda 74
    Skien, 3721

    »Oslo Manor House (Oslo Ladegård)

    The medieval part of Oslo, right at the foot of Ekeberg hill, was neglected for decades, with main traffic arteries cutting through this exciting part of town. The whole area is now being completely upgraded and restored, and has center for Medieval Studies. Oslo Manor House, dating from 1720, presents an opportunity to see interiors, furniture and paintings from different periods. In the attic there are several models of Oslo in the Middle Ages, and also a light and sound show on the burial rites of that period.

    Oslogate 13
    Oslo, 0192

    »Norwegian Armed Forces Museum

    Military collections have been located in this old arsenal at Akershus Festning since 1978. The permanent exhibitions concentrate on major themes in Norwegian military history, especially World War II. There are also temporary exhibitions throughout the year. A small café by the entrance ensures that the weary visitors don't leave hungry.

    Akershus festning
    Oslo, 0150

    »Norwegian Maritime Museum (Norsk Maritimt Museum)

    The Norwegian Maritime Museum is located near the Kon-Tiki Museet and Frammuseet at Bygdynes. The permanent exhibition features a host of nautical objects and models as well as everyday Norwegian boats, while the video center shows the documentary film Norway from Coast to Sea several times a day. Its a great place to learn about Norway's maritime history and coastal culture. Arctic explorer Roald Amundsen's polar ship, the Gja, is moored at the quay and can be visited during the summer. You also get excellent souvenirs such as salute cannons, pirate games,mugs with useful knots and more at the museum's shop and dine at the cafe after the museum excursion. 

    Bygdøynesveien 37
    Oslo, 0286

    »Akershus Castle

    This former royal residence allows visitors to wander the old halls and feel the forgone passing of the centuries. Nowadays, the castle has been restored and is used for official functions. Visit the royal mausoleum where King Haakon VII and Olav V are buried together with Queen Maud and Märtha. Those wishing to finish off their excursion in a similarly historic setting can dine at Gamle Raadhus Restaurant, Engebret Café or the cozy Celsius.

    Akershus Festning
    Oslo, 0150

    »Fram Museum

    Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup all sailed this 100-year-old ship (called the Fram) on their daring Arctic expeditions. Covered by a uniquely-shaped building on the Bygdy peninsula, the ship lends weight to the museum's focus on Norway's crucial role in the history of Arctic exploration. Visitors can now visit the ship's interior and see all its original contents and, best of all, can be sure to leave the ship without feeling seasick!

    Bygdøynesveien 36
    Oslo, 0286

    »Kon-Tiki Museum

    Kon-Tiki Museum focuses on explorer cum scientist Thor Heyerdahl's amazing expeditions all over the world. In addition to the original Kon-Tiki raft, the museum contains vessels like Ra II, a model of the Tigris and countless relics from Heyerdahl's expeditions. A cinema hall here shows films about Heyerdahl's scientific research; there is also a multimedia program. Various exhibitions at the museum include an underwater exhibition featuring a giant whale-shark, a cave tour and a display of rare kinds of boats.

    Bygdøynesveien 36
    Oslo, 0286

    »Norway's Resistance Museum

    Situated within the walls of the beautiful Akershus Fortress in an over 300 year-old, half-timbered house, this permanent exhibition takes you through the history of the Norwegian resistance movement during World War II. Small models of many of the encounters, particularly during 1940, along with many authentic photos, equipment, and documents from the war-torn era are on display as well. Guided tours for groups are available if booked ahead of time.

    Akershusstranda
    Oslo, 0150

    »Astrup Fearnley Museum

    Originally founded in 1993 at Dronningens Gate, this modern museum features a series of temporary and permanent exhibitions by Norwegian and international artists from the post-war era. The permanent collection includes Anselm Kieferen's sculpture, The High Priestess/Zweistromland, a monumental bookshelf with a good collection of books made of lead, and one of Damien Hirst's best-known pieces, Mother and Child Divided. Towards the end of 2012, Astrup Fearnley Museum shifted its location to Oslo's Tjuvholmen neighborhood. Call ahead for more information.

    Strandpromenaden 2
    Oslo, 0252

    »The Museum of Contemporary Art

    The National Museum of Contemporary Art was established in 1987 in the building that previously housed the Bank of Norway. This beautiful marble and granite building was constructed in 1907 and today is home to an extensive collection of paintings, photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings and artworks in various other media, created by artists from Norway and throughout the world post 1945. The exhibitions consist of pieces both from the museum's own collections and those borrowed from others. The museum also boasts five permanent installation pieces by artists like Richard Serra. There is a museum shop and a café on site.

    Bankplassen 4
    Oslo, 0151
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