Asker and Bærum feature beautiful nature, fjords and mountains, as well as world-renowned art, a valley full of artists and a great coastal culture with a long, rich heritage. Here you will find ironworks and the stove museum, as well as a culture park which is open all year round.
Henie-Onstad Art Center
The Henie-Onstad Art Center (HOK) opened in 1968 and immediately became an important arena and exhibition space for the new art. Today, it is one of the Nordic region's leading art centers and exhibitions of Norwegian and international contemporary art and works of modernism. The art center is an active arena for debate and social commentary, and actively works to give the public the opportunity to experience unique and meaningful encounters with art. The institution's distinctive character lies in its multi-disciplinary approach – the relationship between the visual arts, music, performance and the historic avant garde. Henie-Onstad Art Center also offers activies for children, including HOK LAB, HOK summer school, art school, baby viewings, children's birthday parties and the "Learn to be an Art Agent" program.
The Pilgrimage Route
The Pilgrimage Route through Bærum starts in Gamlebyen ("the old town") in Oslo and leads through Bærum, over Krokskogen to Ringerike and on to the west side of Mjøsa before continuing towards Trondheim. The path is an excellent opportunity for those looking for a walking experience with a difference, whether as a day trip or longer journey all the way to Trondheim.
Asker Museum, which houses the Valstad collections, is located in the Hvalstad valley, or "Artist valley", in Asker. The heart of the museum is the home of artists Tilla and Otto Valstad. Labråten, home of Hulda and Arne Garborg, can also be visited. The museum has a lush garden and myriad activities for all ages, and Café Gunhild is open during the museum's opening hours.
The Oslofjord Museum
The Oslofjord Museum is an innovative museum offering new and different educational experiences showcasing the Oslofjord's long and rich history. At Maudbukta in Vollen in Asker, where Roald Amundsen commissioned the polar vessel "Maud", you will now find large wooden boat collections, temporary exhibitions and fun activities for children and adults alike.
Det gule huset ("The Yellow House")
Det gule huset was established in 1980 and is an exhibition space for the visual arts and handicrafts managed by artists. In addition to the ten exhibitions or so that are planned each year, works from 120 professional artists have been commissioned. Situated in Asker's second oldest school building, Vogellund School, from 1848, the house has a café that offers coffee and freshly baked cakes.
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