Oslo City Museum

Oslo, Norway

The Oslo City Museum at Frogner Manor in Vigeland Park is a museum of cultural history with one of Norway's largest painting collections. The history of Oslo is illustrated by thematic exhibitions that show the development of Oslo and the city's cultural and commercial activities through 1000 years. Frogner Hovedgård (the main building) and its authentic interior from 1750-1900 is open in July and August.



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Frognerveien 67, Oslo, Norway
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Category: Museums in Norway


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Jacinta F. Machado de Carvalho (16 months ago)
Get to know Oslo's history in a cozy atmosphere. Some of the museum ambients shows house rooms on different periods of time along history.
Bjørn Olav Samdal (2 years ago)
A visit was made to look at how the city of Oslo has evolved and growing from a village to a larger cityscape.
Lissa Stolte (2 years ago)
Interesting museum with information about Oslo’s history. Definitely worth a stop if you’re in the area and okay with a 120NOK ticket price. Relatively small museum but the main exhibit was great - detailed Oslo’s history and changes through the years/decades of the 1900s, which gave some very interesting context to our observations about the city from our previous 3 days there. As others have noted, there are some areas where the text isn’t translated to English, so we weren’t able to get much out of those areas, but it wasn’t a huge portion of the museum. The special exhibits when we were there were (1) about residents’ experiences in the 1960s-80s in the city, which was interesting but very specific (and also similar to the 70s in the US), (2) about women artists in Oslo (ft. Lots of paintings, drawings, sculptures by Norwegian women), and (3) women’s fashion through the years. We didn’t spend much time in any of them but I imagine they would’ve been fairly interesting for locals (or others) interested in those specific topics. Overall, good museum, and we learned a fair amount about the history of the city that we found ourselves discussing through the rest of our trip. Would recommend a stop in!
Michał Kucz (2 years ago)
A nice look into Oslo’s history and couple of themed exhibitions. Bilingual (Norwegian&English), extensive descriptions and many things to watch. Much time is needed to see everything there, and it can be tiresome for some people. Worth visiting, after all.
Lilian Sung (2 years ago)
not everything was translated into English. the temporary exhibitions were better curated than the permanent exhibition in my opinion. gave a pretty good overview of the history of Oslo and the surrounding areas
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