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Arts & Museums
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.