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Arts & Museums
This gallery is located in Rodelokka, a small part of the city where many of the old wooden houses are still intact after years of restoration work. KunstVerket sells work by 280 Norwegian artists in all fields including lithography, ceramics, textile and sculptures. The tram going in the direction of Sinsen will take you there.
Edvard Munch's works were donated to the city of Oslo after his death in 1944 and the museum was purpose-built in 1963. The collection contains thousands of Munch's works, including half of his paintings, all of his surviving etchings, as well as several graphics and a few biographical items. In the basement, an exhibition of letters, photographs and other mementos gives fascinating insight into the painter's life. Guided tours are given. Within the museum there is Café Munch and a shop with everything from simple prints to giant inflatable Scream figures.
This gallery is in an old house in Kampen, one of the most charming parts of the city. Small wooden houses surround the church at the top of the hill. If you walk towards the west, you will find Kampen Park from where you can enjoy a lovely view of the city. The easiest way to reach Kampen and this charming gallery is to get the underground to either Tyen or Ensj.
The Zoological Museum is placed within the Botanical Gardens at Tyen. The exhibition mainly concentrates on Norwegian animal life, but there are also lots of animals exhibited in all sizes and from all parts of the world on the first floor. The museum is popular with families, but the systematic part should also be of interest to a more mature public. Nice café in the garden. Their web pages are a useful source of information on events.
This is one of several museums located within the Botanical Gardens. A ten-meter (33-foot) skeleton of the dinosaur Iguanodon bids you welcome when you enter. This museum offers permanent exhibitions on four to 500 million year-old fossils from the Oslo area, as well as copies of dinosaur footprints from Spitsbergen. On the first floor there is a saurian exhibition. There is a small shop by the entrance. Admission is free.
Located within the Natural History Museum, this granite-clad building, dating from 1916, is nearly identical to the Zoological Museum on the other side of the lawn. The original plan of joining them together was never executed. In the Geological Room you can learn about Norway's geological history. The Mineral Room on the first floor includes a meteorite from Mars and a piece of the moon. This visit makes for a great deal of learning with fun!
Established on 25 November 2011 by the Oslo municipality, Popsenteret is an interactive museum in Grünerløkka which has a wide display of more than a century of Norwegian music history. This four floors museum has a mammoth exhibition of artists, songs, historical concerts, record and CD players, instruments and much more. You can even re-record the songs in their recording studios and make it your own! There is a children's playroom which has books, instruments and other engaging things. It is also a cultural hub where many events take place. Seminar rooms, auditorium and meeting facilities are available in this facility. Popsenteret is a must visit place for all those who love music.
According to local folklore the cottage is believed to have been the home of Hnse Lovisa, a courageous and generous woman from the play The Child (Ungen in Norwegian) written by Oskar Braaten in 1911. Hnse Lovisa was characterized as a matriarch, who took it upon herself to care for the children of women who went to work in the factories that surround the river. It is now run by a local art collective who exhibit their work inside the cottage. It is a perfect place to rest your legs and buy a tasty snack, before continuing your journey along the Akerselva River.
The aim of UKS Gallery is to show work produced by young artists. At least three young artists are given their debut showing here every year. The gallery has its own jury, which decides which artists should be picked. The young artists are not only from Norway, but also from a number of other countries.
Founded in 1986, Galleri Heer has a number of interesting exhibits under its belt. Bringing the best of Norwegian art to its visitors, find eye-catching works that are inspiring and pleasing to the eye. Open to all, be it beginners, experts, sculptors or painters, the flexible arrangements here render it as one of the finest galleries in the city.
Brudd is located on one of the major shopping streets in Grünerlkka, which is probably the busiest and most colorful part of the town. During the last decade, the area has proved to be very attractive to the younger population, and Brudd caters to a young crowd with its selective art and craft on display produced by atleast 20 artists at a time. The gallery concentrates on glass, jewelry, textiles and ceramics.
The museum is one of several activity areas in the old, refurbished building that used to house the local police station. The exhibitions are of both temporary and permanent nature, but they have one aim in common: to achieve respect and interest for different cultures. Admission is free. The museum is located in Grønland, one of the lively and colorful parts of the city.