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The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum 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 and the National Museum – Architecture. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design closed in October 2016.

The National Gallery

Founded in 1837, the National Gallery houses Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The Scream, Madonna, The Sick Child, and The Dance of Life are but some of the highlights of the museum’s ample collection of works by Edvard Munch. Important works by other leading Norwegian artists, such as J.C. Dahl and Thomas Fearnley, are also presented.

Other highlights include Tidemand and Gude’s national-romantic masterpiece Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord as well as the perhaps most important work of Norwegian neo-romanticism, Harald Sohlberg’s Winter Night in the Mountains.

Address for visitors: Universitetsgata 13.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art first opened its doors in 1990. It shows temporary exhibitions of both loaned works and works from its own collections. Visitors can see five permanent installations: Per Inge Bjørlo’s Inner Space V. The Goal, Ilya Kabakov’s The Garbage Man: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away, and two gallery rooms dedicated to Louise Bourgeois. 

Address for visitors: Bankplassen 4.

The National Museum – Architecture

The architecture collections, covering historical themes through to contemporary architecture, are on show at the National Museum – Architecture. Two important architects, one from the 19th and one from the 20th century, have contributed to the building in its present form.

The main building, designed by Christian H. Grosch, was completed in 1830. It was adapted and extended by Sverre Fehn and opened as an exhibition space for architecture in 2008. The main emphasis of the architecture collection is modernism, with particular focus on the inter-war years.

Address for visitors: Bankplassen 3.

All museums listed above are closed on Mondays and have free entry on Thursdays.  

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