National Gallery, Oslo

National Gallery, Oslo (must see)

The National Gallery of Oslo can be found in the city’s central district, known locally as Sentrum. It was established in 1842, following efforts in the Norwegian parliament to create a national center for fine art. The current building, designed by Heinrich Ernst and Adolf Schirmer, was constructed in 1882. Prior to that, the collection was housed in Oslo’s Royal Palace.

Today, the gallery focuses on home-grown works of art from the 19th century, including pieces by sculptor Julius Middelthun, and works by many esteemed Norwegian painters. These include Christian Krohg, Erik Werenskiold and the nation’s most famous artist, Edvard Munch. The collection includes The Scream, Munch’s masterpiece, and one of the most well-known paintings ever produced.

The gallery forms part of the government-owned National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, an umbrella organization for the many fascinating museums and galleries within the city. The National Gallery is the city’s foremost art museum, also housing contemporary and international art.

Why You Should Visit:
The glory of this small, easily navigable museum is its unique and wide-ranging Norwegian collection.
There are some non-Nordic big names on these walls as well – e.g., a haunting Picasso, a couple of El Grecos, Goya, Gauguin.
The audioguide covers a few majors works in the collection and is worth renting for the price.

Tip:
On Thursdays, the entry is free so it gets very busy.

Operation Hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10am-6pm; Thu: 10am-7pm; Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Map

Sight Name: National Gallery
Sight Location: Oslo, Norway
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Sentrum Walk  

Walking Tours in Oslo, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Create Your Own Walk in Oslo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Oslo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Pipervika Bay Walk

Pipervika Bay Walk

Norway's capital, Oslo, is a magnificent city where you will find an eclectic mix of architectural styles. Be sure to explore its lovely streets and wonderful museums that are considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as original restaurants and cafes located in the Pipervika Bay.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo Walk

Gamle Oslo translated as "Old Oslo" is one of the oldest boroughs in town, as well as one of the biggest. This tour will show you the main attractions of Gamle Oslo district, including Munch Museum, Asylet, Vålerenga Kirke and others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Sentrum Walk

Sentrum Walk

Sentrum, meaning city-center, is located on the southeast side of the city near the inner Oslofjord. The district is dominated by high buildings and valuable tourist attractions. Take this tour to visit Ibsen Museum, as well as Stortinget, National Theater, University of Oslo, National Gallery, Oslo Cathedral and many others.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Frogner Walk

Frogner Walk

Frogner is an Oslo borough, located in the West End part of the Norwegian capital, renowned for its exceptional residential and retail facilities. The area is named after Frogner Manor, the site of which is now occupied by the eponymous Frogner Park. Centrally located, this is one of the priciest districts in Oslo, abounding in parks, marinas and pretty architecture. Take this tour to explore the most interesting sites of the borough, including Frogner Church, Oslo City Museum, Vigeland Sculpture Park and more.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Bygdøy Self-Guided Tour

Also called Oslo's Museum Center, Bygdøy is where some of the most visited museums are located, displaying precious items from Norway’s past. You can also visit Bygdøy’s beautiful parks, forests or the wonderful beach located on the west side.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen Walk

Grünerløkka and St. Hanshaugen used to be small villages not far from the main settlement, then called Christiania. Today these neighborhoods are perfect for exploring historical and cultural heritage of Norway capital. This tour will guide you through the St. Hanshaugen Park, Zoologisk Museum, Botanisk Hage og Museum and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km

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