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Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord by Hans Gude and Adolph Tidemand Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord by Hans Gude and Adolph Tidemand
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Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord by Hans Gude and Adolph Tidemand.
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland / CC-BY-NC
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Let Audun Eckhoff, one of Norway’s leading connoisseurs, guide you through a selection of the most important art museums in Norway.

For eight years, Audun Eckhoff was the director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, a museum that conveys the country’s most extensive collections of art, architecture, and design in several venues. Eckhoff has a long career in the arts, earlier as director for the Bergen Art Museum and curator at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Oslo.

Audun Eckhoff
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Audun Eckhoff.
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Annar Bjørgli

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Audun Eckhoff.
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Annar Bjørgli

Ever since the Viking Period, Norway has given the world art and architecture, ranging from wooden stave churches to the expressionist paintings of Edvard Munch.

Today, you can visit exquisite fine art museums all over the country.

Plan your educational journey
The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund documents the town's unique architectural history with the establishment of Art Nouveau architecture. Experience the… Read more
The Art Nouveau Centre & the Art Museum KUBE
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The… Read more
Astrup Fearnley Museet
In 1773, the Royal Modum Blaafarveværk was established to extract cobalt from the mines at Modum. The cobalt was to be used to make the cobalt blue… Read more
Blaafarveværket og Koboltgruvene
Drammen Museum gives you a special experience within art and history. In the museum you can see things like different type of fabric, furniture and… Read more
Drammens Museum
In Haugar Art Museum, right in the heart of Tønsberg, you can experience great art in the permanent and current exhibitions. For example: Andy Warhol… Read more
Haugar Vestfold Art Museum
Welcome to Henie Onstad Art Center Since 1968, Henie Onstad has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and… Read more
Henie Onstad Artcenter
Go back in time with a historical visit to our extensive collection of art and design. The museum fills four buildings in the centre of the city. You… Read more
KODE – the Art Museums of Bergen
Lillehammer Art Museum is one of Norway's leading art museums. The collection consists of over 1500 works dating from the 19th century to the present… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city… Read more
Munch Museum
Contemporary art museum with temporary exhibitons and permanent displays from its own collection of 5,000 works by Norwegian and international… Read more
Museum of Contemporary Art
Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is found in the National Gallery, established in 1837. The gallery's central… Read more
National Gallery
Museum of architecture that explores contemporary and historical themes through drawings, photographs and models. The main building, designed by… Read more
National Museum - Architecture
The museum focuses on art connected to the region of Northern Norway, in addition to main trends in Norwegian visual and applied art from the early… Read more
Northern Norway Art Museum
Preus Museum offers visitors many exciting experiences within the expanded field of photography: from the earliest technical and scientific… Read more
Preus museum
SKMU - Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand is the largest art museum in the southern part of Norway. SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum was established in… Read more
SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum - Art museum
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts offers a collection of distinguished Norwegian art ranging from nineteenth century to contemporary art. Of particular… Read more
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts
Trondheim kunstmuseum (TKM) has Norway's third largest public art collection emphazising on Norwegian art from 1850 up till today. TKM Bispegata is… Read more
Trondheim art museum
In Oslo
Edvard Munch has a unique position among Nordic painters and is considered a pioneer in expressionism. The Munch Museum's collection, left to the city… Read more
Munch Museum
Contemporary art museum with temporary exhibitons and permanent displays from its own collection of 5,000 works by Norwegian and international… Read more
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of architecture that explores contemporary and historical themes through drawings, photographs and models. The main building, designed by… Read more
National Museum - Architecture
Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures is found in the National Gallery, established in 1837. The gallery's central… Read more
National Gallery
The Astrup Fearnley Collection is a collection of modern and contemporary art counted among the most significant of its kind in Northern Europe. The… Read more
Astrup Fearnley Museet
Welcome to Henie Onstad Art Center Since 1968, Henie Onstad has been committed to Norwegian and international art, with a broad exhibition, music and… Read more
Henie Onstad Artcenter
In Eastern Norway
Lillehammer Art Museum is one of Norway's leading art museums. The collection consists of over 1500 works dating from the 19th century to the present… Read more
Lillehammer Art Museum
In 1773, the Royal Modum Blaafarveværk was established to extract cobalt from the mines at Modum. The cobalt was to be used to make the cobalt blue… Read more
Blaafarveværket og Koboltgruvene
Drammen Museum gives you a special experience within art and history. In the museum you can see things like different type of fabric, furniture and… Read more
Drammens Museum
Preus Museum offers visitors many exciting experiences within the expanded field of photography: from the earliest technical and scientific… Read more
Preus museum
In Haugar Art Museum, right in the heart of Tønsberg, you can experience great art in the permanent and current exhibitions. For example: Andy Warhol… Read more
Haugar Vestfold Art Museum
In Southern Norway
SKMU - Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand is the largest art museum in the southern part of Norway. SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum was established in… Read more
SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum - Art museum
In Fjord Norway
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts offers a collection of distinguished Norwegian art ranging from nineteenth century to contemporary art. Of particular… Read more
Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts
Go back in time with a historical visit to our extensive collection of art and design. The museum fills four buildings in the centre of the city. You… Read more
KODE – the Art Museums of Bergen
The Art Nouveau Centre in Ålesund documents the town's unique architectural history with the establishment of Art Nouveau architecture. Experience the… Read more
The Art Nouveau Centre & the Art Museum KUBE
In Trøndelag
Trondheim kunstmuseum (TKM) has Norway's third largest public art collection emphazising on Norwegian art from 1850 up till today. TKM Bispegata is… Read more
Trondheim art museum
The norwegian artists Håkon Bleken and Inger Sitters gift to Trondheim Art Museum and the inhabitants of Trondheim. In this old building from around… Read more
Trondheim art museum - Gråmølna
In Northern Norway
The museum focuses on art connected to the region of Northern Norway, in addition to main trends in Norwegian visual and applied art from the early… Read more
Northern Norway Art Museum
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    See Norway’s largest collection of fine arts

    National Gallery
    Address: Universitetsgata 13, Oslo

    Educate yourself on Norwegian and international art through Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures from antiquity to 1950. Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo shows both temporary exhibitions and the permanent collection Dance of Life. Some of the highlights include several of Edvard Munch’s most important paintings, including iconic versions of “Scream” and “Madonna”, as well as Tidemand and Gude’s “Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord” and Harald Sohlberg’s “Winter Night in the Mountains”. International works of art include paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and Édouard Manet. And if you need a break and a proper meal, the French Salon is one of the gallery’s most lavish rooms, with its polished stucco and gilded ornamentation.

    Contemporary art in the Renaissance quarter

    Museum of Contemporary Art
    ​Address: Bankplassen 4, Oslo

    Enjoy a broad spectrum of genres and media in Museet for samtidskunst in Oslo. In the art nouveau-inspired building that used to house the central bank of Norway, you’ll find temporary exhibitions of Norwegian and international art from the period after 1945, as well as several permanent installations, some of which you can interact with in different ways. The museum café offers all-organic food, and the museum shop is also well worth a visit, with its large collection of contemporary art books.

    The idea as the basis of all architecture

    National Museum – Architecture
    ​Address: Bankplassen 3, Oslo

    Across the square from the Museum of Contemporary Art, lovers of architecture can explore both contemporary architecture and historical themes in a building that juxtaposes classicism and modernist architecture. With important architects like Christian Heinrich Grosch, Bjercke and Eliassen, Sverre Fehn, Arne Korsmo, Steven Holl and Snøhetta, the permanent exhibition in Nasjonalmuseet – Arkitektur focuses on the idea as the core of all architecture. The museum shop offers literature on architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design, as well as gift items. In Grosch Bistro you can enjoy tasty dishes based on seasonal ingredients in architectural surroundings, or you can head outside to the Bankplassen square and have a cold beer and a meal in one of several cafes or restaurants, surrounded by architecture from the 1800s and 1900s.

    Explore Oslo

    Between the Oslofjord and the forests lies Oslo, Norway’s capital and largest city, with its vibrant social scene and special combination of nature experiences and city life.

    Early expressionism on the east side

    Munch Museum
    ​Address: Tøyengata 53, Oslo