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An architectural drawing of the Munch Museum in Bjørvika in Oslo, Norway
The Munch Museum, Bjørvika in Oslo.
Photo: Estudio Herreros / Kultur- og idrettsbygg
An architectural drawing of the Munch Museum in Bjørvika in Oslo, Norway
The Munch Museum, Bjørvika in Oslo.
Photo: Estudio Herreros / Kultur- og idrettsbygg
A year of grand openings

8 new reasons to visit Oslo in 2020

Want to see Scream with a view? The iconic, new Munch Museum is opening this year. But that is not the only reason why both art lovers and others should visit Oslo this year – now, you can also go skiing even in the summer, and explore one of the world’s most striking libraries.

2020 is a year for red carpets, evening dresses and champagne – at least in Oslo. As several projects long in the making are finally getting ready to open their doors to the public, you can hardly pick a more exciting time to visit our capital. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best reasons to book your Oslo ticket right now.

  1. 1. The new Munch Museum

    Architect: Estudio Herreros

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    In addition to all the fantastic exhibitions, you can attend concerts, literary readings and other cultural activities and events. The whole family can also create art together in one of the fun art workshops. If you need a break, you can stop by the restaurant on the 13th floor. Chances are you’ll stay there for quite a while to enjoy both the wonderful food and the spectacular view.

    Opens in the autumn of 2020.

  2. 2. Oslo public library Deichman Bjørvika

    Architect: Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier Oslo

    The country’s many libraries might be the reason why Norwegians read more than any other European nationality, and the new Oslo Public Library in Bjørvika definitely makes the list of exceptional Norwegian libraries. The modern building is intended to be a free common area to house conversations, discussions, sharing, and learning – and reading, of course.

    Opened 18 June 2020.

  3. 3. Indoor skiing at SNØ

    Architect: Halvorsen & Reine

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  4. 4. The cultural destination Ramme

    Architect: Enerhaugen Arkitekter

    Ramme is a brand new cultural destination just south of Oslo. The property used to belong to Edvard Munch, who painted some of his most famous works here. “The place I have is almost the most beautiful along the entire coast”, he wrote to his aunt Karen in 1910. But Ramme isn’t just about Munch – they arrange art exhibitions, plays, concerts, and other cultural activities as well. While you’re here, you can stay at Ramme fjordhotell, eat organic food from the visitors’ farm Ramme gård, and take a stroll in the forest or park.

    Opened 21 June.

  5. 5. The Climate House in the Botanical gardens

    Architect: Lund Hagem Arkitekter and Atelier Oslo

    Learn about all things climate in the new Climate House in Oslo’s Botanical gardens. The main target group is young people, but there’s a lot to digest here for the whole family – not only about what climate change means for the planet but also about the solutions that exist. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to take action!

    Opened as part of the Natural History Museum 17 June 2020.

  6. 6. The Oslo Philharmonic’s new conductor

    Despite his only 23 years of age, the hopes for Oslo Philharmonic’s new Chief Conductor Klaus Mäkelä are high. “His profound musicianship and strong artistic interpretations have already marked him out as a unique presence internationally”, says Ingrid Røynesdal, CEO of the Oslo Philharmonic.

    Klaus Mäkelä started his tenure with the Oslo Philharmonic in August 2020.

  7. 7. The Rose Castle

    Artist: Vebjørn Sand

    The Rose Castle is an art installation by Vebjørn Sand about the occupation of Norway by Germany in 1940. The artwork tells the story of fundamental principles like democracy, the constitutional state, and humanism, which were invalidated during the occupation.

    Opened in Holmenkollen 13 June.

  8. 8. The new National Museum …

    Architect: Kleihues + Schuwerk

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Now, go explore the rest of the country!

If you want to get out of the city, new wonders are popping up several places in the country this year. Here are just two of the places you should visit.

The Vøringsfossen staircase bridge in Hardanger

Architect: Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk AS arkitektkontor

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The Vøringsfossen staircase bridge in the Hardangerfjord region, Norway
Vøringsfossen staircase bridge.
Photo: Harald Christian Eiken Architect: Carl Viggo Holmebakk AS arkitektkontor

The Hurtigruten museum in Vesterålen

Architect: LINK arkitektur AS

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An architectural drawing of the Hurtigruten museum building around the ship MS Finnmarken. Stokmarknes, Vesterålen
Hurtigruten museum in Vesterålen.
Photo: LINK arkitektur AS

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