National Gallery

Oslo, Norway

The National Gallery houses Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The museum's central attractions include Edvard Munch's The Scream and Madonna and paintings by Cézanne and Manet. The museum's exhibitions present older art, with principal emphasis on art from Norway. The permanent exhibition shows highlights from the collection and national icons from the romantic period until the mid-1900s. Also on display are works by international painters and sculptors, including the French impressionists.



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Universitetsgata 13, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: 1842
Category: Museums in Norway


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Joyce Tang (2 years ago)
I feel like this museum is more suited to architecture students and those who have a keen interest in architecture; I found the exhibits quite dry, with very dense with technical information. If you visit the National Gallery of Oslo you are able to enter this museum for free. We visited the museum late in the afternoon so we didn't have much time to slowly browse, but it turns out there were only two permanent showrooms currently open anyway. That being said, there is a very small but lovely temporary exhibit on Le Corbusier, which displays the artist and architect's abstract art. This room was my favourite part of the museum. The exhibition discussing Oslo's future plans for building was more enlightening, but I don't think I'd pay to enter this museum if it was required.
Mirna Snijders (2 years ago)
Nothing very special, in my opinion not worth your time. Afterwards I understood why the ticket was only €5. The changing architecture of different apartment complexes was nice to see, but I expected to learn more about the architecture of for example the opera building located in Oslo and other iconic buildings in Oslo and Norway in general. The museum had nothing of that
Unnamed Muffin (2 years ago)
If this museum is a representation of the Norwegian architecture, then Norwegian architecture is a joke. Apparently, the national museum of the country cannot muster more than two tiny exhibition rooms and a theater playing nonsense. The staff demands you to leave your belongings in the locker, yet there are barely a dozen of them in the building. If there isn't an available locker, you're screwed. Save your money and go somewhere more intellectually rewarding, like literally any other museum in the city.
Jan Pytela (2 years ago)
A great place to stop by if you want to know more about the problems of housing in big cities. No admission - it's included in the NatMus ticket (that you for example get in the National Gallery). The main exhibition is just in one room full of light, so it's easy to navigate and feels natural. You can just walk through in 5-10 minutes, or you can spend 35 minutes there and you'll see everything what's there, so that makes it a nice stop if you find yourself in that area.
Trym Skaug Johannesssen (2 years ago)
Some day you gonna wonder about the history of a random buildings in Oslo? This is the place to get your head straight.
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