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Oslo Culture and Arts Tour

Discover the cutting edge of Norway’s innovative design and contemporary art on a tour that blends museums and galleries
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Innovative design is a hallmark of Norway, as it is elsewhere in Scandinavia, but Norwegian artists have long been groundbreakers in... more »

Tips:  Instead of exploring each of these art museums in full during the tour, consider following this route for an overview, then returning ... more »

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Points of Interest

The Astrup Fearnley Museum was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop, with Oslo’s Narud-Stokke-Wiig, as part of the Tjuvholmen Icon Complex, at the shore overlooking the fjord. Its three buildings flow across canals and along the harbor, its indoor and outdoor art spaces linked by bridges and a curving glass roof that echoes sailing ships with... More

2. Tjuvholmen Allé Arts District

The construction of the Astrup Fearnley Museum has turned this former industrial waterfront area into a thriving arts district, centered in Tjuvholmen Allé. Three major art galleries cluster in this pedestrian street leading from the Astrup Fearnley Museum, through Olav Selvaags Plass to Bolette Brygge, and other galleries are worth seeking... More

The Stenersen Museum, located in the Oslo Concert Hall complex, is home to three major private collections donated to the city along with changing exhibition of works by leading modern and contemporary artists.

Rolf E. Stenersen’s Collection of Norwegian art -- about 300 paintings and a substantial group of works on paper -- includes paintings ... More

4. Norway Designs

Whatever you’re looking for in Norwegian craft and design, you’re likely to find it in this long-established shop. For sale here are ceramics, art glass, kitchen and tableware, jewelry and silver work, leatherwork, seasonal decorations, paper goods, watches, fabrics, clothing and accessories, all representing the best of both traditional and... More

The National Gallery is one of several venues for Norway’s considerable art collections, this one concentrating on modern art through 1950 along with earlier styles, especially 19th-century Norwegian painting and sculpture. It is known for its collection of drawings and prints by Norwegian and international artists.

Works on display also include... More

6. The French Salon

The museum’s most elaborate interior space, The French Salon, was designed by Arnstein Arneberg in 1924, and restored and furnished by interior designer Kristin Jarmund in 2002.

Today it houses the museum’s café, where its marbled stucco walls provide a genteel backdrop for traditional afternoon teas or for lunches of local dishes... More

DogA was created by Norsk Form and the Norwegian Design Council, adapting an old transformer station into space for showcasing both design and architecture, and their interplay. Hausmanns Gate 16, beside the Akerselva River, is listed by the Cultural Heritage Management Office as a group of culturally significant buildings, and this re-purposing... More