We visited this museum/gallery on both our trips to Oslo and really liked it on each occasion. It has a good mix of permanent collections and changing exhibitions, is on a manageable scale, free to enter and with a lovely, slightly funky cafe.
The permanent collection encompasses a broad range of exhibits, from abstract paintings and sculpture of the 1950s and 60s to the latest installations, colour photography and video art. The temporary exhibitions seem to be very varied. On our most recent visit (July 2006) there was an interesting exhibition about Per Spook, a Norwegian fashion designer - I'd never heard of him but loved seeing all his designs. So this gallery doesn't only show pure arts but also applied. Last time we were there we saw some very good installations by a number of different artists. This really is a great place to visit if you like modern art.
The opening hours are: Monday: closed. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10.00-18.00. Thursday: 10.00-20.00. Saturday and Sunday: 10.00-17.00
This is the _National_ Museum for Contemporary Art: the home of the National Gallery's collection of post World War II painting and sculpture from the Scandinavian lands. On the whole, this museum is a whole lot less edgy, more conservative than the privately owned Astrup Fearnley collection. No mammals preserved in formaldehyde here! Nice landscapes, ordered abstractions, representational sculpture.
Museet for samtidskunst or The Museum of Contemporary art is located in a lovely building and was opened in 1990. On display is Norwegian and foreign art from after 1945, 5.000 in all. I am such a fan of old art that I hardly understood what was going on at this museum, but I wanted to check it out anyway.
This museum is part of The National Gallery and all the museums belonging to The National Gallery have free admission on a Sunday, so one Sunday I went and visited four of them in one day. But if you buy a ticket for NOK 50 then you get access to all of the other museums in that same day. I spent the least time at this museum. I thought the building (which used to be a bank) was more beautiful than the contemporary art inside, but that is just my opinion, with no disrespect to the opinion of the lovers of contemporary art. The museum is on 2 floors and there were several films being shown and so many exhibition rooms. I liked the most the room with the long hair (see my photo). And the café was quite interestingly decorated.
The museum is located on a beautiful old square with a fountain.
Opening hours: Mondays: closed, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 11-17, Thirsday 11-19. Weekends: 12-17.
Admission fee: NOK 50 - free admission on Sundays.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the former Bank of Norway building. The building and the square it's in itself is as big an attraction as the Art.
I have to confess I saw this museum only from the outside. I hope to see the inside one day when I return to Oslo. ( There is only so much you can do with one day to tour the city!)