Museum of Oslo

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Museum of Oslo
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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OPENING HOURS FOR THE HOLIDAYS 2019/2020: Closed December 23 to December 26 Closed December 30 to January 6. Museum of Oslo is situated at Frogner Manor in the Vigeland park (Frognerparken). It is a museum of cultural history with one of the largest collections of paintings in Norway. The history of Oslo is illustrated by thematic exhibitions showing, among other things, the development of Oslo and the city's cultural and commercial activities. The museum's Cafe Mathia serves coffee, tea, mineral water, cakes, sandwiches and ice cream. July - August: Guided tours in English on request.
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Manningjen
Columbia, MD443 contributions
Interesting museum, good for a rainy day
Feb. 2020 • Solo
Nice little museum in a charming old Manor House compound in Frogner Park — next to the magnificent Vigeland sculptures. wouldn’t be my first choice of Museum to visit in Oslo, but worth going if you are in neighborhood. Also worth visiting the casual cafe if you are in need of refreshment after viewing the Vigeland sculptures.
Written 29 February 2020
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599Angela
Toronto, Canada434 contributions
What a strange place - is this for tourists?
Aug. 2019
On the Oslo pass. I did not get a very warm reception when I showed up, the person who gave me a ticket insisted I see the 1970s exhibit first before I had any other context. It was comprehensive and mostly in Norwegian, but watching excepts from 1970s Norwegian television in a mockup of a period living room was nicely bizarre.

There was supposed to be a movie about Oslo's history but I never found it. They had galleries about the various incarnations of Oslo since the middle ages, but they were oddly laid out and there was no sense of flow. And the upper galleries had rooms and rooms of bric-a-brac about dance and theatre groups with very little English context, and stories about neighbourhoods.

And finally there was a very thoughtful and comprehensive display of animal life in Oslo, both wild and domesticated, with paintings and artifacts.

It was all a bit confusing. It really needs a curator who can unify and organize the huge collection of material.

But top marks for collecting all of this in one place and attempting to make it available. The building itself is nice from the outside, although you can't enter the old parts.
Written 25 August 2019
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lmjohnson1025
Columbus, OH173 contributions
Best Museum in Oslo
Aug. 2019 • Couples
I visited this museum yesterday and really enjoyed it. It was the first Saturday of the month so they had free entrance. The entrance is usually 50nok for students, and a little more (maybe 90nok) for adults.

They let us use complimentary audio guides for two different areas of the museum. We walked through the other two, but much more quickly. This is the best museum I have visited in Oslo, but you must get the audio guide.
Written 4 August 2019
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Danielle
United States1,270 contributions
Unique Museum
Jan. 2019 • Friends
Definitely a unique museum. The artifacts range from art, clothing, pop culture, to how the kitchen has evolved over time. Very random

We stopped in since it was part of our Oslo Pass and we were in the area. The museum is not free, but is included with the pass. Probably 90% of the exhibits are only in Norwegian so it didn't take us too long to make it though since we couldn't read the plaques and didn't want to spend the whole day using google to translate them. There is a small gift shop and a small cafe inside the main entrance. They do offer lockers for free to place your backpacks and coats.
Written 10 March 2019
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Jill O
Edinburgh, UK85 contributions
Learn Norwegian ...
Feb. 2019 • Solo
I note plenty of previous reviewers are commenting on the fact this museum is free .... if it was it is not any more and I paid 90 NOK this week! Two sections, one of which is on the 1970s. As I was young then, I remember it well so felt a few orange household items, smock dresses and images of demonstrations were evocative but underwhelming. Most of remainder of the museum is about the development of Oslo which was interesting but the English signs and audio commentaries are not always available. Disappointing I felt. Also at the very end of the museum was a costume section and there was nothing at all in English. I do have a go at speaking some Norwegian, but cut us some slack, please!
There was an interesting exhibition on women artists towards the end of the exhibits but I was too dis-spirited by then to pay much attention.
Overall, expensive for what I got out of it.
Written 16 February 2019
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hannahastock
Birmingham, UK51 contributions
Interesing museum located in the sculpture park
Dec. 2018 • Couples
We only really went here because we were going to the sculpture park anyway, but I quite enjoyed it. It was a side of Oslo that we didn't see in any of the other museums we visited so it was nice to see something a bit different. It was a shame that a lot of it wasn't in English and that the audioguide which was in English only covered a small section of the museum. However, the bits that were in English were really interesting and it was so quiet when we visited that we basically had the museum to ourselves which meant we felt very comfortable to look around. We also got a free coffee in the café which was delicious - I would definitely have paid for it if it wasn't free! Definitely worth a visit, if only a short one.
Written 23 December 2018
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Glutenfree Apostle
Grand Rapids, MI18 contributions
Explore the History of Oslo as a City
Dec. 2018 • Family
One can explore the history of Oslo as a city from medieval times to modern architecture. One can find maps and models of the medieval Oslo, and why not go and visit the actual ruins of the medieval Oslo that can be found east to the Opera bay nowadays. For my celiac friends out there: there are two types of gluten-free muffins in the cafe!
Written 12 December 2018
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Squidhead
Costa Mesa, CA387 contributions
Rich history with a surprising (to me) emphasis on the arts
Aug. 2018 • Solo
Even though Oslo wasn’t the capital of Norway until fairly recently, the city has a long and rich history which is explored in this museum. There is an emphasis on the arts as well. It is located right in Frogner/Vigeland Park so if you are visiting the Park, it’s easy to visit here as well. You will learn about many centuries of Oslo history and you can watch some videos of Oslo from 100 years ago. I really enjoyed it.
Written 24 September 2018
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thisisspain
Fuengirola, Spain103 contributions
Museum of Labour
Sep. 2018 • Solo
This relates to the Museum of Labour History at Sagveien.

This is not one of the biggest museums that I have visited but l found it quite fascinating. Very impressed with its story of the Akerselva (River Aker). There is a guide in English you can read.

The museum relates the tough conditions for the workers and the lack of health and safety...with zero regard to pollution.

Fortunately there is a happy ending.

Very happy to have found this little gem.
Written 24 September 2018
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Dmarkwind
Kansas City, MO2,527 contributions
Great place to learn more about Oslo’s rich history
Jul. 2018 • Couples
Oslo has a history that goes back more than 1,000 years, and includes the Black Death, alternating unions and conflicts with neighboring countries, a history of explorers and shipbuilders, and much more. Other museums here certainly do great job of tackling other parts of this story, but this museum focuses on the city itself, and succeeds it doing this in such a way that these history lessons hold your interest.

The museum is in the former Frogner Manor, but what wasn’t clear to me before I visited was that the photo you most often see in publicity and advertisements for this place featuring the white front, cross-timbers, and the steeple, isn’t a part of the mansion that’s current being used for exhibits. You don’t actually go into that part of the manor, which has buildings around a rectangular four-sided courtyard. You go in the other three sides, and it’s mostly the east side that houses the bulk of the history exhibits.

I liked the basement level, with its occasionally exposed stones, meandering corridors, and less than perfect lighting. This is where the main history of the city is related in an exhibit area called “Oslove.” Other exhibits in the museum talk about women artists in the 19th century, kitchen interiors from medieval times to the present, Oslo’s theatre history, the emergence of the suburb, Oslo as a gay meeting place, and there’s a whole area on the west side of the courtyard about the 1970s in Norway. I was amazed that the recreations of teenager’s rooms from that area didn’t look much different from mine and others in the US.

The museum has a resident artist, Francis Enebeli, and while he wasn’t there when we visited, his figural paintings of scenes in the city were colorful and intense. The museum also has a cafe and a gift shop, and there’s an outdoor restaurant in the park right around the corner. We probably stayed an hour and a half here and were glad we stopped, and that this museum is included on the Oslo pass.
Written 27 August 2018
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