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Since 2006  two Oslo museums were united in om;oslo museum. All two deal with Oslo city from different perspective and have a free entrance.

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Oslo City Museum, situated at Frogner Manor in Gustav Vigelands park (Frognerparken), 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.

In the museum you can watch a 15 minute long DVD-program, entitled “Oslo During 1000 years”, presenting the history of Oslo in English.

The main building at Frogner Manor, dating back to approximately 1790, contains historical interiors.

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday closed  Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 4pm (5pm in summer)

Address: Frognerveien 67, Oslo

om;interkulturel museet – ikm

Come and experience reconstructions of “Our Sacred Space” in Oslo! The exhibition shows the diaspora situation of six world religions in Oslo, Norway: Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. In the exhibition, different rooms of worship are recreated. Religions have crossed borders with the migration of people, and established themselves side by side in foreign countries. The project aims to bring about dialog between people of different religious backgrounds.

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday, Saturday closed.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  1oam – 4pm. Thursday 10am – 8pm

address:  Tøyenbekken 5, 0188 Oslo

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway’s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. It shows permanent exhibitions of works from its own collections and temporary exhibitions that incorporate works loaned from elsewhere. The Museum’s exhibition venues in Oslo are the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Museum – Architecture, and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The Museum’s program also includes exhibitions that tour both within and beyond Norway’s borders. Free admission on Thursday. Otherwise ticket price: Adult 100, Student 50 Nok

1. The National Gallery

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday closed.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  10am – 6pm. Thursday 10am – 7pm. Sunday 11am-5pm

address: Universitetsgata 13;

2.The Museum of Contemporary Art

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday closed.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  11am – 5pm. Thursday 11am – 7pm. Sunday 12am-5pm

address: Bankplassen 4

3. The National Museum – Architecture

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday closed.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  11am – 5pm. Thursday 11am – 7pm. Saturday, Sunday 12am-5pm

address:  Bankplassen 3

4. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

Opening hours for the Museum:
Monday closed.  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  11am – 5pm. Thursday 11am – 7pm. Saturday, Sunday 12am-4pm

address:  St. Olavs gate 1

DogA – the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture

The center provides an arena for large and small architecture and design exhibitions, conferences and meetings, as well as a shop, a café & restaurant.

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri 10 – 5 /  Wed – Thu 10 – 8 / Sat – Sun 12 – 5

address: Hausmanns gate 16 beside the Akerselva river

The Armed Forces Museum

The museum covers Norwegian military history, from viking era (ca.900) through the numerous Nordic wars leading up to independence. Modern history includes themes from World War II and the Cold War period. More info.

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You can enter the fortress grounds by the main gate in Kirkegaten, or by another gate at the extension of Akersgaten. The Armed Forces Museum (Forsvarsmuseet) is situated on the lower fortress grounds.

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