Vigeland Sculpture Park

Oslo, Norway

The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round.

The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. Gustav Vigeland was born in Mandal in southern Norway 11 April 1869 and died in Oslo 12 March 1943. Gustav Vigeland is important in Norwegian art history. His artistic work contributed to promote the position of sculpture in his home country. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949.

Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.



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Madserud allé 66, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: 1939
Category: Museums in Norway


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Mindaugas Bradauskas (10 months ago)
The park is very large and well maintained. Sculptures were a bit odd looking.. Expected something a bit different. There is a nice walk to this place if you stay at the city centre.
Erika Rekke (10 months ago)
Really nice place for a walk. The theme of the sculptures is very interesting and is giving you many thoughts about relationships. It's definitely place to visit.
Kelly Reagan (10 months ago)
Amazing. It's good for a laugh but also moving and inspiring. I thought it was funny and by the end I had tears in my eyes. Went in the winter time and it was truly stunning a vast wonderland in the snow. Strongly recommend spending time here.
Tobias Kiener (10 months ago)
Very nice place to relax at. Beautiful in the winter. Not may tourists make it here and the few who do, spread out so you won't notice them that much. Sculptures are awesome too look at. Has a good vibe to it
Ingvild Oset (10 months ago)
A large park full of intriguing sculptures by Vigeland. There is a lot to look at and admire here, but even if you are not interested in sculptures, it is still a lovely park to go for a walk in. The river and nature in it are beautiful, and although there are groups of tourists, it is not too crowded for such a famous park. Definitely somewhere worth going if you're visiting Oslo for a few days, or even if you live there.
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