Three Unique Museums in Oslo

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Three Unique Museums in Oslo

The splendid National Gallery, the Historical Museum and the Munch Museum in Oslo are for many reasons all worth a visit. The National Gallery for its comprehensive collection of 19th century Norwegian masterpieces plus some French impressionist paintings and Russian icons, the Historical museum for covering Norwegian history over 9,000 years and the Munch Museum for an in-depth study of Edvard Munch’s life and work.

The main attraction at the National Gallery is, however, a version of Skrik (The Scream) by Edvard Munch on display with some other of his best-known works.

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But there are many more lesser-known works to discover, like the landscapes of J.C. Dahl and Kitty L. Kielland, and the powerful domestic portraits by Harriet Backer and Christian Krogh. For a more in-depth exploration of Munch’s life and work, visit the Munch museum.

Related: The Munch Trail

Three Unique Museums in Oslo
The Historical Museum, occupies one of Oslo’s most elegant Art Nouveau buildings, dating to 1904

The Historical Museum, occupies one of Oslo’s most elegant Art Nouveau buildings, dating to 1904. It highlights the Viking Age and medieval times with Scandinavia’s largest collection of Viking gold. There are also displays on indigenous Nordic cultures.

Three Unique Museums in Oslo
Munch’s life and work can be explored in the Munch Museum

Both the National Gallery and the Munch Museum are scheduled to open at new locations by 2020. The Munch Museum will move into a 12-story tall building that stands on a 3-story base named Lambda, and the National Gallery will find its new home in a pristine new museum.

Three Unique Museums in Oslo, written by Tor Kjolberg

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