Oslo City Hall
Oslo City Hall
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Nationaltheatret • 5 min walk
  • Stortinget • 7 min walk
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  • Maryann B
    Basel, Switzerland318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So glad we stumbled across this magnificent building!
    During my research about things to do in Oslo the city hall had not materialised as a "must do". My husband and I went saw it as we wandered along the harbour area and thought the building was quite imposing but didn't think to go inside. Then, by chance, we went around "the back" (the entrance!) and realised we could go in. The murals inside are magnificent and the public are allowed to wander around for free. It was one of my highlights!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • BalkrishnaShroff
    Mumbai, India23,740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent !!
    We did know much about this place but our walking tour guide advised us to go inside and see it. Next day we came early in the mornig when there was no queu at all. Please note that entrance is free. It was amazing inside. One has to see it to appreciate it. At lobby level there was a big hall with beautiful paintings all four sides. The Noble Peace Prize ceremony takes place in this hall. On the first floor there were many rooms with awesome paintings and murals by 20th century Norway painters. Each room was better than other. We though we would finish in half an hour but we spent almost two hours inside. Please note the main entrance is from city centre and not from sea side. Don't miss it if you like art and history...
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,187 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    City Hall - Brutalist Design
    The exterior of this building is quite ugly and looks brutalist in nature - Soviet type design. Entry is free, you just have to go through the security scan to enter. Upon entry, you can walk around in the main hall which has interesting murals and is a huge, airy space. It's also where they award the Nobel Peace Prize. Worth taking some pics.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Michel V
    Hasselt, Belgium23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must See and it is free!
    Sometimes, on tavel, you find a hidden gem. Oslo City hall is one! We did not know what we saw! It is very modern with a lot of different items, most of all are the paintings on walls and ceilings, that in 300 years and later will still exist and attract lots of tourists!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Alistair John Y
    98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous murals
    A good site for lovers of art nouveau buildings and Norse sagas / mythology. Great murals outside with explanations of the nordic mythology under them. Great looking building, and fountain out front .
    Visited August 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad5,579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The big chocolate looking building
    Some find the building heavy ugly. I don't find that it is, I liked it. Entry is free and you can find some interesting arts inside. However most prominently it is the home of Nobel Peace prize ceremony. The winners are announced in Sweden and the ceremonies and prize-giving is in this building. Take look insid but you must pass through security. Enjoy
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 August 2023
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice building - worth visitin
    We visited here while we were in Oslo (free to go in) and were glad we came. The building is not quite as spectacular as the City Hall in Stockholm, but has a large number of very interesting murals and is set near the water. There is a tour (which we missed) and I sure that would add a great deal to the experience.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Boyd J
    Maleny, Australia1,735 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Let The Exterior Fool You
    From the outside it looks like a big block of chocolate with windows. On the inside it's quite impressive and it's free! After passing through security, we easily spent an hour exploring the building and the murals are worth seeing.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Gregory W
    Mankato, Minnesota3,829 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    2 Thumbs Up!
    Oslo City Hall - The building was constructed between 1931 and 1950, with an interruption during the Second World War. It was designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. The building is located in the city center, in the northern part of the Pipervika neighborhood, and it faces Oslofjord. Oslo City Hall is built of red brick and has two towers, one 63 meters tall and other 66 meters tall. The bricks used are larger than what was typical at the time of construction, but they are roughly the same size as bricks used in the Middle Ages. The bricks, measuring approximately 27.5 × 13 × 8.5 cm, were produced by Hovin Teglverk in Oslo. The eastern tower has a carillon set of 49 bells. Various events and ceremonies take place in the building, notably the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which takes place every December. FREE entrance! FREE bathrooms!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • AAleR
    Saint John, Canada440 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    Impressive interior. The outside of the building does not give away what the inside will look like. The artwork is impressive with significant detail. This venue is free to visit. You do need to go through security (airport style) before entering. Visit time 30-45 minutes.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 May 2024
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priti sahay
Mumbai, India61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This is probably a less famous tourist attraction in Oslo but I found this place quite admirable and full of history.

This is the place where Nobel peace prize is awarded (all other Nobel prizes are awarded in Sweden) and you can see photos of Mother Teresa and Barrack Obama receiving their awards.

The building is adorned with beautiful wall paintings made by Henry Sorensen, Peter Krohg and Alf Rolfsen. The murals on the walls of the City Hall depict the history, culture and the economic activities of Norway including some of the events of Second world war.

The city hall is overlooking the Oslo Fjords and you can get stunning views from the first floor. It is the seat if their administrative council and you can see the areas where their council meetings are held.

If you are in Oslo, do spend 1-2 hours visiting this structure of historical importance.
Written 17 June 2024
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holiday-view23-7-11
Basingstoke, UK1,806 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We visited as part of our walking tour. There is a lovely fountain at the main entrance. The inside has walls painted murals showing the history of Oslo you really need a guide to explain it all to you. Well worth a visit, looks plain from the outside but amazing inside.
Written 10 June 2024
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NemoTraveler
Aarhus, Denmark703 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The Oslo City Hall is located near the harbor front. It is easy to reach by public transportation and is only a short walk from the downtown area.

With a few exceptions the City Hall is open every day and after passing security, guests are free to take a closer look.

The building was inaugurated in 1950 and is really beautifully decorated inside. We visited on a beautiful day and enjoyed some great views of the fjord.

Admission is free.
Written 9 June 2024
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greenvillehybrid
Greenville, SC253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Nice place to visit which has some nice paintings, grand rooms and artifacts. Sadly the tours in English did nto start until June so we had to wander by ourselves. It is free.
Written 2 June 2024
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AAleR
Saint John, Canada440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Impressive interior. The outside of the building does not give away what the inside will look like. The artwork is impressive with significant detail. This venue is free to visit. You do need to go through security (airport style) before entering. Visit time 30-45 minutes.
Written 27 May 2024
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Aygun Abbasova
United Kingdom361 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
You can't miss this place when you come to Oslo, both the architecture and the murals are amazing, and it's free.

you can walk around here in half an hour
Written 20 March 2024
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,829 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Oslo City Hall - The building was constructed between 1931 and 1950, with an interruption during the Second World War. It was designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. The building is located in the city center, in the northern part of the Pipervika neighborhood, and it faces Oslofjord.

Oslo City Hall is built of red brick and has two towers, one 63 meters tall and other 66 meters tall. The bricks used are larger than what was typical at the time of construction, but they are roughly the same size as bricks used in the Middle Ages. The bricks, measuring approximately 27.5 × 13 × 8.5 cm, were produced by Hovin Teglverk in Oslo. The eastern tower has a carillon set of 49 bells. Various events and ceremonies take place in the building, notably the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which takes place every December.

FREE entrance!
FREE bathrooms!
Written 17 December 2023
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Boyd J
Maleny, Australia1,735 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Couples
From the outside it looks like a big block of chocolate with windows. On the inside it's quite impressive and it's free! After passing through security, we easily spent an hour exploring the building and the murals are worth seeing.
Written 12 September 2023
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KTP310
Reading, UK1,194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
It is free to visit and after a brief wait for security checks, we were amazed at the scale and beauty of the murals inside.
Written 8 September 2023
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betteskid
Boston, MA1,328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
We visited here while we were in Oslo (free to go in) and were glad we came. The building is not quite as spectacular as the City Hall in Stockholm, but has a large number of very interesting murals and is set near the water. There is a tour (which we missed) and I sure that would add a great deal to the experience.
Written 28 August 2023
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