Oslo's own museum presents the city's history through models, paintings and photographs. The museum's exhibitions are mainly in Norwegian, but you may borrow the free audioguide "1,000 years in 20 minutes", available in English, French, German, Somali, Punjabi, Polish and Arabic – and Norwegian.
Family activity: The City Detective
With the museum's own augmented reality app "The City Detective" you can look into Oslo's past: visit a large family in a one-bedroom apartment, experience the power of the Akerselva river and see how much the main street of Karl Johan has changed! Your goal is to find ten historic stations in the exhibition OsLove – City History for Beginners. You do not need to know Norwegian to use the app.
All participants get a prize. Ipods may be borrowed in the museum shop.
Free for children and adults. Recommended especially for children ages 5–12.
Guided tours of the Museum of Oslo
Tours in Norwegian are available at pm: Tuesday–Sunday between 1 July and 14 August, and on weekends the rest of the year.
Tours in English are available on request.
Next to the museum is Frogner Manor, which contains magnificent halls and interiors from the years 1750–1900.
Guided tours are offered in summer. The price is 60 NOK, and the tour is not included in the Oslo Pass.
Café open during museum hours.
Norwegian name: Bymuseet