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Things to do in Oslo

Oslo's city centre offers Expressionist paintings at the Munch Museum, enormous stone statues at the Vigeland Sculpture Park and Old Masters at the National Gallery. Explore the lively Aker Brygge waterfront or hop on a boat to see Viking ships on the Bygdøy Peninsula. You can gain a new perspective on the city on a boat trip out into the fjord. Museums generally open daily from 10am, often later on Sundays.

Botanical Garden, Oslo. Photo by Gunnar Strøm, © Visit Oslo

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. The Artists' House - Museums and Galleries

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    The Artists' House, Oslo. Courtesy of Kunstnernes Hus

    In a stark 1920s building, the Artists' House (Kunstnernes Hus) in west Oslo is dedicated to international modern art. There are regular exhibitions by leading contemporary Norwegian artists and free guided tours on Thursdays and Sundays.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK50; concessions NOK25

    Opening hours

    Tue & Wed 11am-4pm; Thu & Fri 11am-6pm; Sat & Sun 12pm-6pm

    Address

    17, Wergelandsveien, Oslo 0167

    Telephone

    +47 22 85 34 10

    Transport

    Tram 11 to Kunstnernes Hus

    Website

    The Artists' House Website

  2. 2. Norwegian Folk Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Norwegian Folk Museum, Oslo. Photo by Nancy Bundt, courtesy of Visit OSLO

    The open-air Norwegian Folk Museum exhibits traditional building styles from around the country in a large park on Bygdøy Peninsula. Carefully relocated and reconstructed, one of the highlights is a wooden stave church from the 13th century.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK70 (May-Sep NOK95); children free-NOK25

    Opening hours

    Sep-May Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm; May-Sep daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    10, Museumsveien, Oslo 0287

    Telephone

    +47 22 12 37 00

    Transport

    Bus 30 to Norsk Folkemuseum

    Website

    Norwegeian Folk Musuem (Norsk Folkemuseum) Website

  3. 3. The Viking Ship Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Viking Ship Museum, Oslo. © Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo

    Norway's Viking heritage comes vividly to life on Bygdøy Peninsula at the Viking Ship Museum. Star exhibits include three remarkably preserved ships, Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune, found in royal burial mounds in the Oslo area.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK50; concessions NOK30-35

    Opening hours

    Oct-Apr daily 10am-4pm; May-Sep daily 9am-6pm

    Address

    35, Huk Aveny, Oslo 0287

    Telephone

    +47 22 13 52 80

    Transport

    Bus 30 to Bygdøy

    Website

    The Viking Ship Museum Website

  4. 4. Fram Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    The Polar ship Fram, Oslo. Photo by Gunnar Strøm, © Visit Oslo

    The Fram Museum on Bygdøy Peninsula houses the Fram, the strongest wooden ship ever built. This Scottish-Norwegian-built ship of 1892 was used by explorers including Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen and has been immaculately preserved, both inside and out.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK50; concessions NOK20

    Opening hours

    Oct-Apr daily 10am-3pm; May & Sep daily 10am-5pm; Jun-Aug daily 9am-6pm

    Address

    36, Bygdøynesveien, Oslo 0286

    Telephone

    +47 23 28 29 50

    Transport

    Bus 30 to Bygdøy or boat 91 from Rådhusbrygge

    Website

    Fram Museum

  5. 5. Norwegian Resistance Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Norwegian Resistance Museum, Oslo. Courtesy of Norske Hjemmefrontsmuseum

    The Norwegian Resistance Museum at Akershus Festning houses a poignant collection of items used in Norway's fight against the 1940-45 Nazi occupation. Exhibits include photos from the notorious Grini concentration camp, and images of the Gestapo torture chamber in Oslo.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK30; concessions NOK15

    Opening hours

    Sep-May Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm; Jun-Aug Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    21, Bygning, Akershus Festning, Oslo 0015

    Telephone

    +47 23 09 31 38

    Transport

    Tram 12 to Christiania Torv

    Website

    Norwegian Resistance Museum Website (in Norwegian)

  6. 6. Munch Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Munch Museum, Oslo. Courtesy of Munch Museum

    Oslo's central Munch Museum houses The Scream and Madonna among other paintings by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Films, lectures and guided tours give deeper insight into the tormented painter's motivations and style.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK75; concessions NOK40; under 7s free

    Opening hours

    Sep-May Tue-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pmJun-Aug daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    53, Tøyengate, Oslo 0578

    Telephone

    +47 23 49 35 00

    Transport

    Tøyen T-Bane

    Website

    Munch Museum Website

  7. 7. National Gallery - Museums and Galleries

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    National Gallery, Oslo. Photo by Frithjof Bringager, courtesy of National Gallery Oslo

    Oslo's city centre National Gallery is Norway's main museum of visual arts, housing both Norwegian and international works. Highlights range from Picassos and Venetian masters, to a version of Edvard Munch's famous The Scream.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Tue, Wed, Fri 10am-6pm; Thu 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

    Address

    13, Universitetsgaten, Oslo 0130

    Telephone

    +47 21 98 20 00

    Transport

    Nationaltheatret T-Bane

    Website

    National Gallery Website

  8. 8. Kon-Tiki Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo. Photo by Peter Zanner, © Kon-Tiki Museum

    The Kon-Tiki Museum on Bygdøy Peninsula contains boats and artefacts from Thor Heyerdahl's expeditions, from the original Kon-Tiki raft (1947) to a 30-foot whale shark and statues from Easter Island. There are also finds from Galapagos and Peru.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK60; concessions NOK40; children NOK25

    Opening hours

    Nov-Feb daily 10.30am-3.30pm; Mar & Oct daily 10.30am-4pm; Apr-May & Sep daily 10am-5pm; Jun-Aug daily 9.30am-5.30pm

    Address

    36, Bygdøynesveien, Oslo 0286

    Telephone

    +47 23 08 67 67

    Transport

    Bus 30 to Bygdøy

    Website

    Kon-tiki Museum Website

Attractions

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  1. 9. The Royal Palace - Attractions

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    The Royal Palace, Oslo. Courtesy of Visit Oslo, © Nancy Bundt

    The stately Royal Palace, in the city centre, was built in 1848. Families flock to see the daily changing of the guard or to explore the surrounding park year-round. The palace itself holds special exhibitions and guided tours in summer.Show this on map

    Cost

    Summer guided tours NOK95; concessions NOK85; free entry to park

    Opening hours

    Grounds open daily. Guided tours Jul-Aug only

    Address

    1, Henrik Ibsens gate, Oslo 0010

    Telephone

    +47 22 04 87 00

    Transport

    Slottsparken T-Bane

    Website

    The Royal Palace Website

  2. 10. Akershus Fortress - Attractions

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    Akershus Fortress, Oslo. Photo by Nancy Bundt, © Visit Oslo

    Originally built in 1299, the imposing Akershus Fortress at Aker Brygge was transformed into a Renaissance castle in the 17th century. It boasts majestic halls, a church and the Royal Mausoleum. Changing of the guard takes place daily at 1.30pm.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK65; concessions NOK45

    Opening hours

    Daily 6am-9pm

    Address

    Akershus Kommandantskap, Oslo 0150

    Telephone

    +47 23 09 35 53

    Transport

    Tram 12 to Christiania Torv

  3. 11. Nobel Peace Center - Attractions

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    Nobel Peace Center, Oslo. © Håkon Mosvold Larsen, courtesy of the Nobel Peace Center

    The Nobel Peace Center, which opened close to Aker Brygge in June 2005, is devoted to the famous peace prize. Exhibitions tell the story of Alfred Nobel and past prize winners, with displays on worldwide war, peace and conflict resolution.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK80; concessions NOK55

    Opening hours

    Sep-May Tue-Sun 10am-6pm; Jun-Aug daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    1, Brynjulf Bulls Plass, Oslo 0250

    Telephone

    +47 48 30 10 00

    Transport

    Tram 12 to Aker Brygge

    Website

    Nobel Peace Center Website

  4. 12. Spikersuppa Ice Rink - Attractions

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    Spikersuppa Ice Rink, Oslo. Photo by Trude H. Olsen

    The flood-lit Narvisen Ice Rink in the heart of Oslo plays music while skaters glide. Skates are available for hire and admission is free. Those watching from the side-lines can fill up on hot dogs, popcorn or hot drinks on sale.Show this on map

    Cost

    Skate rental NOK45, children NOK30

    Opening hours

    30 Nov-1 Mar: daily 11am-9pm

    Address

    Spikersuppa, Karl Johan, Oslo 0162

    Transport

    Stortinget T-Bane

    Website

    Spikersuppa Ice Rink Website

Special things to do

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  1. 13. Botanical Garden - Special things to do

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    Botanical Garden, Oslo. Photo by Gunnar Strøm, © Visit Oslo

    The Botanical Garden is an oasis in east Oslo, home to exotic plants such as cacti, orchids and palms, and indigenous species, including Norwegian wild flowers. Thousands of mountain plants flourish in the rock garden, cut through by waterfalls.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Oct-Mar daily 7am-5pm (from 10am Sat & Sun); Apr-Sep daily 7am-9pm (from 10am Sat & Sun)

    Address

    1, Sars'gate, Oslo 0562

    Telephone

    +47 22 85 17 00

    Transport

    Tram 17 to Lakkegata Skole

    Website

    Botanical Garden Website

  2. 14. Fjord sightseeing boat trips - Special things to do

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    Fjord sightseeing, Oslo. Photo by Nancy Bundt, © Visit Oslo

    A two-hour guided boat trip provides a unique perspective on Oslo city centre, the busy harbour, and the fjord with its islands and inlets. Cruises run throughout the summer, with additional seasonal trips at Christmas and other times of year.Show this on map

    Cost

    NOK230

    Opening hours

    Daily; three or four departures from 10.30am

    Address

    3, Rådhusbrygge, Oslo 0116

    Telephone

    +47 23 25 68 90

    Transport

    Tram 12 to Aker Brygge

  3. 15. Vigeland Museum & Park - Special things to do

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    Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo. Courtesy of Visit Oslo, © Nancy Bundt

    Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), one of Norway's most accomplished sculptors, left a collection of giant statues to the nation - over 200 of which now stand in the Vigeland Park in west Oslo. The adjacent Vigeland Museum houses models of almost all his works.Show this on map

    Cost

    Park free all year; museum free Nov-Mar (Apr-Oct NOK50; children NOK25)

    Opening hours

    Park 24 hours daily; museum Jun-Aug Tue-Sun 11am-5pm; Sep-May Tue-Sun 12pm-4pm

    Address

    Frognerparken, Oslo 0268

    Telephone

    +47 23 49 37 00

    Transport

    Tram 12 to Vigelandsparken

    Website

    Vigeland Museum & Park Website

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