There is a special show-room called The Baroque room at The National Gallery - it is awesome. I am totally hooked on the Baroque period, so I added a special tip on this show-room.
The Baroque room was guarded very well, there was a security guard sitting by the entrance and an alarm system went off if one were to touch any of the artefacts. But in the middle of the room there were benches, where one could sit and take in all the beauty of the extraordinary baroque. The tapestry in the room is exquisite.
The National gallery is an awesome museum (well, I am a museum nut) - here is the largest collection on paintings in Norway, public collection i.e. And here you can find the most famous and precious piece - The Scream by Munch. There is a special show-room dedicated to Munch and in there there are no photos allowed - although people did all but respect that, and the security guards had their hands full. It wasn´t even allowed to stand outside the show-room and take photos with a zooming lense. Here are Edvards Munch´s most famous paintings, Skrik (The Scream) and Madonna.
There are also myriads of Norwegian and international paintings from 1800s-1950 in so many show-rooms. At the gallery there are over 4.000 paintings and 1.000 sculptures. Here is work by Monet, Picasso, Thorvaldsen to name a few.
There is a special show-room on Russian Icons as well. I add a special tip on The Baroque room and there are plenty more photos in a travelogue. I could have stayed here for a whole day.
Opening hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 10-18, Thursday: 10-19 and weekends: 11-17.
Admission fee: NOK 50 (valid also for the 3 other National museums). Sundays is free admission.
Highly recommended - a must visit in Oslo.
If you only do one thing in Oslo, you should really visit the Gallery, just to see The Scream, but there's much more than just that work of art. There really is a fantastic collection here - just look at the photos for a selection!
This is the place to go to get an overview over the various artists that have made their mark on the art scene of norwegian history. There's a wide variety of artists and epoches that are depicted here. Some highlights are pictures by Munch, Tidemand & Gude, Kittelsen, etc.
The first place I take friends visiting Oslo is The National Gallery.
It is the home of some of the most fantastic paintings in the world I would say, like "Skrik" ("Scream") by Munch and also someone that are not so well known outside the borders of Norway but well worth a look, like "Brudeferden in Hardanger"("Bridal voyage in Hardanger") by Adolph Tidemand and Hans Gude in cooperation, and my personal favorite; "Vinternatt i Rondane"("Winter night in Rondane") by Harald Solberg.
Also worth mentioning is the cafeteria in the museum or "The French Hall" as its named because the sculptures inside the cafeteria are gifts from the Louvre in Paris.
They serve some of the best hot chocolate in Oslo in a lot of different varieties, like with chili, vanilla etc. and they also have wonderful tea on the menu.
The French Hall is located just inside the museum. You turn right after the entrance right trough the museum shop.
The museum is free to enter and is open 10 am. to 6 pm. on Tuesday, Wedensday and Friday. From 10 am. to 7 pm. on Thursday and from 11 am. to 5 pm. in the weekend. Monday its closed.
On our first morning in Oslo we caugt the tram to Nationaltheatret . Our mission, to see the Munch murals at Oslo University was aborted by a notice telling us they are currently closed to the public so we continued through the university gardens to the National Gallery.
The Nasjonalgalleriet is housed in a sombre, 19th century building. There are three floors but the core collection is on the first floor and this was where we decided we woud stay. Before climbing the stairs we had to hang up our rainjackets and leave our bags in a locker, so no hope of getting in a sneaky photo.
Upstairs, we went straight to Room 24, the room completely devoted to Munch. Though early in the morning, there were already quite a few people clustered round 'The Scream' and security was tight there. Not surprising really when you consider that this painting was stolen in broad daylight once already. Now it's fronted by a glass screen and to be honest I would have to say that the reality, for me, was not so impressive as the reproductions suggest. There are of course umpteen versions of this painting but the National Gallery's one is frequently touted as being THE original. Room 24 is filled with other works by Munch from all stages of his career and some of these lesser known works, were just as interesting in building up a more total picture of the artist.
Apart from Munch, a visit to the National Gallery is a litle like a visual tour of Norway. Room after room of huge landscapes will almost make up for not getting to the fjords in person. The most spectacular of these are the landscapes of Johan Christian Dahl but I also loved the smaller representations of Norway's rural and urban traditions in the works of artists like Harriet Backer, Erik Werenskiold and Gerhard Munthe.
The gallery also has a limited selection of European art by greats like Renoir and Picassso but the Norwegian paintings are the ones that shine here. Most importantly, if you don't make it to the Munch Museum, then you will at least have seen THAT painting.
The National Gallery is free and open to the public 7 days a week.
I can only give an incomplete review of the museum as I only had time to go around the painting rooms.
This was a very fine introduction to Norwegian art and there was an Impressionistic room, also displaying futuristic art and bronzes by Rodin.
The gallery hosts a room dedicated to Munch (with notably Livets Dans), but the main interest of the museum for the foreigner is the discovery of Nordic artists, such as the national romantic Johan Christian Dahl, Erik Werenskiold (whose drawings are usually eclipsed by Kittelsen's).
I let you discover the Nordic room alone. I found the statue of the Volva / Wise woman particularly impressive.
The National Gallery has a good selection of European masters, local artist along with the centerpiece which is a room of Edward Munch's greatest works. The museum can be visited in about an hour or two.
Located in the city centre, it is an interesting gallery witha real mix of work on display.
The exhibits range from National Romanticism to other styles and schools - Picasso, Gauguin, Van Gogh and many Norwegian artists (including an original of "The Scream".)
The National Gallery has got the main collection of Norwegian art of all the country. It has got paintings from the Romantic period to the Second War World. Here you can see many paintings made by Munch and some of his paintings that you can see here are: the fantastic The Scream, Death in the Sick Chamber, Madonna, Mother and Daughter, Puberty, Sister Inge, The Dance of Life and nuch more. There are also paintings made by Van Dyck, Delacroix, Renoir, Cezanne, Picasso, Goya, El-Greco, Manet and Gauguin.
It's very interestion collection of Norwegian, Scandinavian and European art placed on three stories.
Mon, Wed, Fri: 10.00-18.00
You can visit it for free :-)
Largest public collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings. Particular attention is paid to National Romanticism and Impressionism. There is an Edward Munch hall and a great exhibition of Russian religious art from the 15-16th centuries. Designed by H E and Adolf Schirmer and finished in 1882.
The Munch works and impressionists are really stunning.
10a-6p M/W/F; 10a-8p Th, 10-4p S, 11-4p Su
Munch produced four different versions of 'The Scream' . This one hangs in the National Gallery. I know your not supposed to take photographs in galleries, but we just snuck this one in.
Visit it for free at the National gallery
I was under the impression that the iconic image of despair and suicide painted by Munch in 'The Scream' could not be viewed due to the fact that the Munch Museum is being refurbished (until the summer of 2005)
I was surprised to find out that Munch actually did 4 different versions of the painting.
The one in the national gallery stands proudly with other examples of Munch's work and the paintings of other grand masters of the period.
This particular painting (although you can only really see it in the gallery) has been left with candle wax on it. Appartantly Munch rather absently-minded blew out his candles one night without paying much attention.
I was also interested to find out that the sky in the painting of 1893 probably related to the fact that the skies above Oslo were actually something like that due to the recent eruption of Krakatoa.
This one painting rather takes centre-stage at the Gallery, but there are plenty of other fine works of art to discover there.
The National Gallery is located in the middle of the city, near Karl Johansgate and close to the Royal Castle.
Inside you can find the largest collection of Norwegian and international art from before 1945. You can learn more about the history of Norwegian art, and especially works from the 19th century.
There is also a permanent collection of Edvard Munchs works here. If you want to see something of Munch you have to do it here. The Munch Museum is closed at the moment, after his famous painting "Scream" and "Madonna" were stolen earlier this year. But don't worry, in the National Gallery you can still see another version of the painting "Scream".
Many of the most famous norwegian painters and paintings are exhibited here, and it is definetly a must-see if you are interested in norwegian art.