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Top 10 arty day trips around Oslo

Norway is widely known for its beautiful nature – but what happens when you combine it with mind blowing art?

Join us for a journey of art and nature through Eastern Norway. 

 In a radius of less than 1.5 hours from Oslo, you'll find several of the most unique art experiences in Europe.

1. Kistefos Museum


The Twist at the Kistefos Museum has been named one of the coolest buildings in the world. It´s a contemporary art gallery that also functions as a sculpture and a bridge across the idyllic Randselva river.

Kistefos Museum, situated 1 hour outside Oslo by car, prides itself with an outstanding sculpture park. Walk around works made by world-class Norwegian and international contemporary artists including Bjarne Melgaard, Fernando Botero, Yayoi Kusama, and Olafur Eliasson.

Not to mention the spectacular mirror labyrinthine and fountain by Danish artist Jeppe Hein.

Be sure to pack your camera! 

2. Henie Onstad Art Center


One of many reasons to head to Henie Onstad Art Center is the colourful installations of Yayoi Kusama, also known as “the princess of polka dots”. You’ll find the art center just 15 minutes by train from Oslo central station.

You can also enjoy works by other leading contemporary artists, excellent temporary exhibitions, and an outdoor sculpture park.

The art center is surrounded by beautiful hiking trails and a small beach, so you can take a walk or go for a swim while you’re here.

3. Ramme Cultural Destination


At Ramme farm, you’ll find an enchanting park, interesting architecture, and one of the best organic farms in the country.

Ramme is situated right by the Oslofjord, around 40 minutes from Oslo by car. Norwegian famous artists such as Edvard Munch, Oda Krohg and Theodor Kittelsen all visited the area to paint and reflect. Several of their works are displayed in the excellent galleries of the culture destination Ramme

You can also visit Munch´s restored house. 

Join a guided tour of the farm or around Havlystparken, a park that could have been taken straight out of a fairytale. Afterwards, you can tuck into organic, locally sourced food in the café and the farm shop.

The stylish Ramme Fjord Hotel opened its doors to the public.

4. Haugar Art Museum


With Andy Warhol's tribute to Edvard Munch, art enthusiasts don’t need much persuasion to pay a visit to the largest art museum in Vestfold.

Haugar presents ambitious temporary exhibitions and houses a collection that includes 13 works from the Warhol series After Munch. There are also important works by artists such as Siri Aurdal, Irma Salo Jæger, Victor Lind and Bjørn Ransve.

5. Galleri F 15


Do you like art that challenges you?

Gallery F 15 offers equal parts rural idyll and edgy, experimental art.

One work of art is edible too – the café's famous Alby pastry! It is even honoured with its own painting.

6. Blaafarveværket


Pure bliss! Blaafarveværket was established in 1773 to extract cobalt, used in porcelain and glass production. In today’s eight-kilometre (!) long museum, you will learn about the story of the magical blue colour. You can also enjoy the walking paths in the beautiful cultural landscape.

There’s a summer exhibition every year, and the youngest in the family can try the new Children's Cave with lots of fun activities.

7. Gallery Würth


Escape reality in one of Europe's largest private art collections, with almost 18,000 works!

Gallery Würth displays the private collection of Sammlung Würth. Focusing on European and American art from the 20th and 21st centuries, it includes creations by giants like Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Roy Lichtenstein, Anselm Kiefer, Gustav Klimt, and  Edvard Munch.

8. Midtåsen sculpture pavilion


If you want to feed your mind in relaxing surroundings, we’ve got the perfect place for you, on a hill outside Sandefjord.

The Midtåsen sculpture pavilion and sculpture park is a wonderful, airy building where you can see 16 of Knut Steen's marble and bronze sculptures.

Afterwards you can go for a stroll in the huge garden of the former shipping magnate Anders Jahre's villa, which is also open for guided tours on selected days during the summer.

9. Lillehammer Art Museum


This museum offers art inside and out. The building itself was designed by the famous architects at Snøhetta and dispalys the work "Comet" by Bård Breivik.

The collection at Lillehammer Art Museum includes art from the 19th century to the present, including works by icons such as Hans Gude and Edvard Munch, as well as temporary exhibitions.

Be sure to take a long break in the museum’s lovely Art Garden while you’re here.

10. The Peder Balke Center


Peder Balke is one of few Scandinavian artists who have had an exhibition at the National Gallery in London. His dramatic and romantic representations of Norwegian nature are something you just have to experience.

In the ballroom at the Peder Balke Center, you’ll find the twelve wall paintings he created here in 1834, including View of Lake Mjøsa.

Art experiences in Oslo 

... and don't forget that you’ll find top-notch art in the capital too.

2021 saw the opening of the MUNCH Museum in Bjørvika, followed by the National Museum in 2022, where you can experience Norway's largest collection of art, architecture and design.

Experience other exciting exhibitions at Astrup Fearnley Museum and lots of smaller galleries at Tjuvholmen, the Ekeberg and Vigeland sculpture parks and terrific street art.

Norway: Where nature meets art

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