Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park dedicated to the work of a single artist, and an ode to one man's obsession with the human form. The park displays over 200 sculptures fashioned from granite, bronze and wrought iron by the Norwegian artist, Gustav Vigeland, created over a period of 20 years from 1924 to 1943. In fact, the park itself was designed by the famed sculptor and is actually a mammoth installation in Frogner Park. Vigeland's work varies from depictions of humans engaged in everyday tasks, to more symbolic and abstract works like The Monolith, a 14.12-meter (46.33-foot) high sculpture composed of 121 human figures intended to represent the human desire to reach out to the divine. Other notable sculptures include The Wheel of Life and The Fountain. Although each is a masterpiece in its own right, the interplay with the layout and architecture of the park creates a whole that is more amazing than the sum of its parts. Today, Vigeland Park is one of Oslo's most popular attractions, visited by over one million tourists each year.
Norsk Folkemuseum, de 100 ans, est un musée en plein air qui contient plus de 150 constructions authentiques des différentes régions. Les constructions datent de l'époque médiévale mais aussi l'église Gol du XIIIe siècle. L'exposition permanente présente des articles d'artisanat, des vêtements traditionnels ainsi que la culture du peuple Sami. Une boutique de souvenirs, un café et un restaurant sont situés dans le parc.
Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen and Otto Sverdrup all sailed this 100-year-old ship (called the Fram) on their daring Arctic expeditions. Covered by a uniquely-shaped building on the Bygdy peninsula, the ship lends weight to the museum's focus on Norway's crucial role in the history of Arctic exploration. Visitors can now visit the ship's interior and see all its original contents and, best of all, can be sure to leave the ship with great knowledge about marine exploration.
Proposé par le Professeur Gustafson, ce musée fut construit suite à la découverte de navires anciens à Tune, Gokstad, Oseberg et Borre. La dernière aile du musée fut rajoutée en 1957. Après avoir franchi l'entrée du bâtiment, vous devez passer devant le navire d'Oseberg pour atteindre le cur du musée. Le niveau mezzanine accueille des expositions thématiques. En plus de ce navire vieux de 900 ans, le musée possède des objets vikings et une chambre funéraire où sont exposés des squelettes entièrement conservés. Vous trouverez également une librairie qui propose des livres, des cartes postales, des affiches, des souvenirs et des bijoux. Le billet d'entrée inclut l'accès au magasin.
Cette ancienne résidence royale est située au cur de Forteresse Akershus. Les visiteurs parcourent les vieux couloirs et sentent le défilement des siècles. Le château a été restauré et est aujourd'hui utilisé pour des fonctions officielles. Visitez le mausolée royal où le roi Haakon VII et Olav V sont enterrés avec la Reine Maud et Märtha. Ceux qui souhaitent terminer leur excursion dans le même style de cadre historique peuvent dîner au Restaurant Gamle Raadhus, Café Engebret ou à l'intime Celsius.
Founded in 1923, this is the world's oldest museum dealing with skis and the history of skiing. Situated in the enormous ski-jump at Holmenkollen (which offers exceptional views of the city), the Ski Museum covers the 4000-year history of skiing and contains exhibits like Viking skis and skis used by famous Arctic explorers like Amundsen and Nansen. The museum also describes the Norwegian royal family's interest in the sport and contains the royal ski collection.
Kunstnerforbundet Gallery is located next to the Town Hall and holds three contemporary art solo shows each month. Each show normally consists of work by two or three artists, within different media such as textiles, metal, lithography and drawings. There is also a daily sale of painting, graphic pieces and sculpture. This gem of a gallery has hosted upto more than 400 artists so far. A mecca for aspiring artists and local talent, Kunstnerforbundet Gallery's free admission policy does not fail to bring in crowds of art-enthusiasts.
Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.
Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is the oldest art exhibition space in Oslo, situated in the oldest building in Oslo (1626) in the Kvadraturen area. Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is a not for profit exhibition space, and its main goal is to support emerging Norwegian contemporary artists and present international artists that have not exhibited in Norway before. They arrange eight to nine exhibitions a year.
Tegnerforbundet Gallery is a rather busy gallery which aims to show Norwegian and international drawings. In addition to seeing temporary exhibitions, it is also possible to buy drawings from the various artists. The gallery has its own small library as well as an archive. During the year, there are 10-12 shows.
Gallery Format focuses on contemporary art and crafts, in media as diverse as glass, ceramics, textile, metal and wood. Great designs, high prices. The gallery is located near the old, disused railway station Vestbanen, with the Tourist Information Center next door. To one side of the square, Aker Brygge attracts scores of shoppers. Rådhusplassen and Akershus Festning on the other side attract visitors with their recreational and historical value.
This gallery is run by an association whose aim it is to look after the interests of Norwegian painters. The art-works on show here consist mostly of contemporary paintings. The gallery is on Kongens Gate, part of Kvadraturen, an area packed with galleries and cafés within walking distance of the center.