Munch Museum

Oslo, Norway

Munch Museum (Munch-museet) is an art museum dedicated to the life and works of the Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The museum was financed from the profits generated by the Oslo municipal cinemas and opened its doors in 1963 to commemorate what would have been Munch's 100th birthday. Its collection consists of works and articles by Munch, which he donated to the municipality of Oslo upon his death, and additional works donated by his sister Inger Munch, as well as various other works obtained through trades of duplicate prints, etc.

The museum now has in its permanent collection well over half of the artist's entire production of paintings and at least one copy of all his prints. This amounts to over 1,200 paintings, 18,000 prints, six sculptures, as well as 500 plates, 2,240 books, and various other items. The museum also contains educational and conservation sections and also has facilities for performing arts.

The museum structure was designed by the architects Einar Myklebust and Gunnar Fougner (1911-1995). Myklebust also played an important role in the expansion and renovation of the museum in 1994 for the 50th anniversary of Munch's death. The new museum will probably be completed in 2017 by the Spanish studio Herreros Arquitectos.

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Finnmarkgata, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: 1963
Category: Museums in Norway

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User Reviews

Kira Senkpiel (9 months ago)
Great museum, but no parking for handicapped - which doesnt give an inclusive first impression. Not user friendly getting there for those who cant walk far. We were advised to park at the central station, which is too far away.. User friendly on the inside with elevators and escalators.
Shirley M (9 months ago)
I’ve never seen such a bad hospitality like this at the restaurant, the food came too late then the desert wasn’t good enough and the prices are too high comparing to the quality of food even administration needs to be improved, but i enjoyed the beautiful view..
Rajpar Muzafar (10 months ago)
Unfortunately there was not much to be seen. Currently the museum is being renovated. I hope it's updated soon and people can enjoy more works of Munch.
Lucia Petrovičová (11 months ago)
Worst museum exhibition in my life. In museum gift shop you can find more art than in museum itself. I must admit I was really puzzled to see total of 10 paintings in whole museum, paying full price as a student... But! There is nice Natural and History Museum with lovely botanical garden nearby so the journey there was not complete waste of time.
Iván D. Piñerez Torrijos (13 months ago)
The new Munch Museum was not open at the moment, so the exhibition was very limited in numbers, as we had the Oslo pass we didn't get frustrated about the entrance price but we spent literally only 20 minutes in watching the art pieces. If I had to go again I would better wait for the new museum to be opened. Despite of the limited number of paints, the art pieces were beautiful....
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