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    »Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

    The famous Norwegian figure-skating star Sonja Henie and her husband Niels Onstad established this art center in 1968 by donating their private art collection and providing the necessary funding to jump-start the institution. Located in impressive surroundings and only 30 minutes from Oslo, with a sculpture park and its own little beach, the museum invites you to view temporary exhibitions of modern art, partially based on its own collections. The museum shop has a great selection, and the award-winning restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

    Sonja Henies vei 31
    Oslo, 0185

    »Viking Ship Museum

    The brainchild of Professor Gustafson, Vikingskipshuset (Viking Ship Museum) was built after ancient ships were discovered at Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg and Borre. The last wing of the museum was added in 1957. As one enters the museum, one has to walk past the Oseberg to reach the center of the museum. The mezzanine floor holds thematic exhibitions. In addition to the 900-year-old ship, they have viking artifacts and a burial chamber with entire skeletons intact. They also have a bookshop selling books, cards, posters, post cards, souvenirs and jewelry. Call ahead to know more. Tours must be booked ahead of time.

    Huk Aveny 35
    Oslo, 0287

    »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

    »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

    »Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

    Norsk Folkemuseum, the open-air museum that has been giving visitors a peek into a life-sized past for over a century, contains more than 150 authentic buildings from different regions. The buildings date from as far back as medieval times, including the 13th-century Gol Stave Church. The permanent exhibition features sections on handicrafts, traditional clothing and the culture of the Sami people. A souvenir shop, cafe and restaurant are located on the grounds.

    Museumsveien 10
    Oslo, 0287

    »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

    »Gallery Riis

    Gallery Riis is one of two on this street that specialize in Nordic and international contemporary art. Maybe that is a good reason to visit them both? Galleri Riis has contracts with artists like Tom Sandberg, Per Maning and Signe Marie Andersen, and is highly recommended. Normally, there is a new exhibition every month; contact the gallery for further, detailed information.

    Filipstadveien 5
    Oslo, 0250

    »Gallery K

    Although situated close to Frogner, Galleri K is hidden away in a quieter part of the city. The easiest way to find it is by walking through Aker Brygge and continuing along Munkedamsveien where the heavy traffic continues out of town. Gallery K hosts various exhibitions by artists such as Darren Almond, Sverre Bjertnes, Thomas Demand, Nina Roos and Judith Eisler. Contemporary art is the constant feature on display at Gallery K.

    Bjørn Farmannsgate 6
    Oslo, 0271

    »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

    »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

    »Fineart

    Kunstklubben (The Art Club) runs this gallery. Kunstklubben is an organization which aims to present and offer for sale high-quality lithographic works by Norwegian artists. The exhibitions mainly show works by Norwegian artists, but now and then international artists' work is also shown.

    Filipstad Brygge 2
    Oslo, 0252
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