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    »Norwegian Mining Museum

    Norwegian Mining Museum, Konsberg is responsible for the preservation of the flourishing history of Konsberg Silver Mines between the expansive period of 1623 to 1958. The time taken by the underground train to transport you to the mine is approximately 25 minutes, after which the temperature noticeably drops. You can either take a look at the mining collections preserved over 330 years, or participate in a treasure hunt or even witness a demonstration of the first 'Fahrkunst' lift. The Norwegian Mining Museum also arranges for various programs specifically for pupils and students providing an all-round academic view of the Silver Mine.

    Hyttegata 1
    Kongsberg, 3616

    »Bogstad Estate (Bogstad Gård)

    Magnificently situated by lake Bogstad, on the outskirts of Oslo, this manor house is in nearly the same condition as when it was built at the end of the 18th Century. The manor has been the home of several wealthy Norwegians, amongst them the former Prime Minister and industrialist Peder Anker. Outdoors, you can take a walk in the romantic, landscaped gardens. Check out the website for more information.

    Sørkedalen 826
    Oslo, 0759

    »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

    »The Ski Museum

    Founded in 1923, this is the world's oldest museum dealing with skis and the history of skiing. Situated in the enormous ski-jump at Holmenkollen (which offers exceptional views of the city), the Ski Museum covers the 4000-year history of skiing and contains exhibits like Viking skis and skis used by famous Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nansen. The museum also describes the Norwegian royal family's interest in the sport and contains the royal ski collection.

    Kongeveien 5
    Oslo, 0787

    »Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

    Founded and established on June 20, 1988 this museum is one of a kind in the world. Made to preserve and display the works of the Norsk Hydro along with the industrial society this museum is located in the first heavy water production hydrogen plant. The site has also been nominated to be a world heritage site Visit their website for various other details.

    Rjukan, 3660

    »Emanuel Vigeland Museum

    The former studio of sculptor Gustav Vigeland's lesser-known brother, Emanuel, is now a combined museum and mausoleum. The windowless, church-like room plays tricks on your eyes when you enter, but after a few minutes an impressive mural covering the walls and ceiling will unravel, a truly awe-inspiring representation of entire human life.

    Grimelundsveien 8
    Oslo, 0775

    »Gallery Steen

    Gallery Steen is mainly an exhibition space for the sale of contemporary art prosuced by artists such as Ernst Billgren. Harald Fenn, Jan Freuchen, Jens Fange and Lello Arnell. To reach this gallery, locate Cort Adlers gate which is the last street to the left before Drammensveien reaches Solli Plass. It is not a particularly long walk from the center of the city, but if you prefer not to walk there are plenty of buses and trams that pass by.

    Drammensveien 130/C13
    Oslo, 0277

    »The International Museum of Childrens Art

    Situated in a cozy old house in a quiet, residential area, this museum presents the world from the viewpoint of children. The walls and even the floors are covered with paintings, drawings, sculptures and textile art made by children from over 180 different countries! Your children can join the creative process by drawing or playing the drums in the basement when you visit.

    Lille Frøens vei 4
    Oslo, 0371

    »Vigeland Museum

    This building was constructed under the direction of Oslo Municipality in the early 1920s as a home and studio for sculptor Gustav Vigeland. After his death in 1943, it was rebuilt as a museum. Most of his drawings, sketches, letters, sculptures and models are exhibited here. There is also a series of photographs from the work and construction of the central sculpture in Vigelandsparken, Monolitten. A primary focus of Vigeland Museum is to present a collection of three dimensional art, including sculptures and video-based works. A small museum shop resides here as well.

    Nobels Gate 32
    Oslo, 0268

    »Oslo City Museum

    Located in Frognerparken by the Vigeland sculpture park, this museum takes you through Oslo's 1000 years of history. As capital of Norway, though, its history is much shorter. You will find models of the old city (when it was called Christiania and Norway was part of Denmark) and of Akershus Fortress. The museum has its own multimedia show and also arranges guided tours. Get a glimpse into Norway's past at the Oslo City Museum.

    Frognerveien 67
    Oslo, 0266

    »Theater Museum

    This museum gives you an insight into the history of Oslo's theater from the 17th Century until today. Examples of architecture, scenography, actors and costumes are there to be seen first-hand or through models or pictures. This museum has gone through difficult periods due to fires and shaky finances, but it is now a well-established 60 years-old.

    Frognerveien 67
    Oslo, 0266

    »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
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