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  • Arts & Museums

    »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

    »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

    »Norwegian Customs Museum

    In an old Customs House, founded in 1915, this tiny museum tells the story of Norwegian customs activities through 350 years. Variations and the development of exports and imports are the main issues, illustrated by lots of original documents. There are also examples of different measuring instruments that have been used over the years. Admission to the Norwegian Customs Museum is free.

    Tollbugata 1A
    Oslo, 0152

    »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

    »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

    »Film Museum

    Film Museum is located in Filmens Hus (House of Film), together with other institutions related to the Norwegian film industry. The museum's goal is to give an insight into the history of Norwegian films and cinema. Some of the puppets from Norwegian director Ivo Caprino's animated films are exhibited here, and you can watch little snippets of Norwegian films. You can also visit the Kinematografteateret cinema, where historical films are shown non-stop. Call ahead to book a guided tour for your group.

    Dronningens Gate 16
    Oslo, 0152

    »The National Museum – Architecture

    When the Norwegian Museum of Architecture shut its doors, it gave way to the establishment of The National Museum – Architecture. Founded in 2008 and a branch of the National Museum, this museum is housed in the former Norges Bank designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch in 1830. The structure itself is an illustration of the the collection housed within. The exhibits include miniatures, photographs, drawings and other related paraphernalia. The museum hosts mainly temporary exhibitions that focus on contemporary Norwegian architecture. The Study Room is a great place where students in the field can get acquainted with previous works. This museum also houses the friendly Café Grosch which offers light meals along with hot and cold drinks. There is also a store onsite, where enthusiasts can purchase texts to increase their knowledge on the subject.

    Bankplassen 3
    Oslo, 0153

    »Gallery LNM

    This gallery is run by an association whose aim it is to look after the interests of Norwegian painters. The art-works on show here consist mostly of contemporary paintings. The gallery is on Kongens Gate, part of Kvadraturen, an area packed with galleries and cafés within walking distance of the center.

    Kongens gate 2
    Oslo, 0153

    »The Mini Bottle Gallery

    The long elongated containers, used to store liquids that we see around us daily, now has a museum dedicated entirely to it. Claiming to be the only one in the world, one can safely assume that The Mini Bottle Gallery truly is the first museum to document the importance of bottles. Spread across three floors, this museum houses an unbelievable amount of 53,000 bottles. Guided tours around the museum are available, which also includes a glass of sparkling wine in hand. This gallery will surely be incomplete if doesn't house a bar. Guests can unwind at the bar after a tour of the museum and relish a bottle of goodness. During the week, this space can be used to organize various private celebrations.

    Kirkegaten 10
    Oslo, 0152

    »Gallery Format

    Gallery Format focuses on contemporary art and crafts, in media as diverse as glass, ceramics, textile, metal and wood. Great designs, high prices. The gallery is located near the old, disused railway station Vestbanen, with the Tourist Information Center next door. To one side of the square, Aker Brygge attracts scores of shoppers. Rådhusplassen and Akershus Festning on the other side attract visitors with their recreational and historical value.

    Rådhusgata 24
    Oslo, 0151

    »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
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