Central Area, Oslo
Norwegian National Gallery
In Oslo's Universitetsgate (No. 13), which flanks the east side of the University, is the National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet; built 1879-81, with extensions in 1907 and 1924), which displays mainly works by Norwegian painters from the 19th century to the present day. Among the artists represented are J. C. Dahl (1788-1857), T. Fearnley (1802-42), H. F. Gude (1825-1903), H. O. Heyerdahl (1857-1913), C. Krohg (1852-1925), G. P. Munthe (1849-1929), E. Peterssen (1852- 1928) and A. Tidemand (1814-76). A special room is devoted to Edvard Munch.There are also works by Danish and Swedish artists, pictures by El Greco, Rubens and Rembrandt and a collection of paintings by modern French artists (Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Manet and Matisse), as well as a room containing casts of antique sculpture.
Oslo Historical Museum
Beyond the National Gallery (entrance at Frederiksgate 2) is the Historical Museum (1903), which contains Oslo University's historical and ethnographic collections. Among the Nordic antiquities the rich collection of material on the Viking age (ca. 800-1050) is particularly noteworthy. There are also a collection of material on the Eskimo and Siberian peoples and a coin cabinet.
Address: Frederiksgate 2, N-0164 Oslo, Norway
Opening hours: May 15 to Sep 14: 10am-5pm; Closed: Mon
Sep 15 to May 14: 11am-4pm; Closed: Mon
Sep 15 to May 14: 11am-4pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), Norwegian National Day (May 17), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Useful tips: An admision fee will be charged for special events.
Transit: Bus, tram: Nationaltheatret.
The Ibsen Museum features the life and works of Henrik Ibsen as well as the apartment in which he spent his last 11 years. The Ibsen apartment features original furnishings with the library, dining room and parlours open to the public.
Address: Henrik Ibsens gate 26, N-0253 Oslo, Norway
Opening hours: Sep 15 to May 14: 11am-4pm; Thu: 11am-6pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Norwegian National Day (May 17), May Day / Labor Day (May 1), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Day after Christmas, St Stephen's Day, Boxing Day (Dec 26), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Pentecost Sunday (Whit Sunday) - Christian, Easter Monday - Christian, Easter - Christian, Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee in NOK: Family kr170.00, Adult kr85.00, Senior kr60.00, Students kr60.00, Child kr25.00, Child 5 & under FREE
Useful tips: Guided tours: 15 September-14 May: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm (Thursdays: also 4 pm, 5 pm) 15 May-14 September: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm
Oslo Spektrum Arena
The Oslo Spektrum is home to a variety of cultural and entertainment events. Some of the events include the Nobel Peace Prize Concert, the Eurovision Song Contest, Pop Idol finals, the Spellemannprisen award ceremony and Oslo Horse Show. It is also a popular location for trade fairs.
At the northwest end of Oslo's Karl Johansgate, on higher ground, stands the Norwegian Royal Palace (Det Kongelige Slott), a long building erected between 1825 and 1848 (not open to the public). In front of the palace is an equestrian statue (by B. Bergslien, 1875) of King Carl XIV Johan. In the park surrounding the palace, near Karl Johansgate, can be seen a monument (by G. Vigeland) to the mathematician N. H. Abel (1802-29), and behind the palace, to the right, is a statue, also by Vigeland, of the woman writer Camilla Collett (1813-95).Public may visit the gardens and watch the changing of the guard.
Address: Drammensveien 1, N-0010 Oslo, Norway
Useful tips: Changing of the guard daily at 1:30 p.m. Grand parade on the 17th of May (National Day) every year from the Stortorget to the Palace. The Royal Park is always open. The Queen's Park is open May-October. Closed to the public.
Transit: Underground, bus, tram: Nationaltheatret.
Along the south side of the Royal Palace park in Oslo runs Henrik Ibsens gate 51 (formerly Drammensveien 19), and at its intersection with Parkveien, to the right, is the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The Nobel Peace Prize is presented annually on December 10 in the Great Hall of the University to a person selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee from among names put forward by parliamentarians from all over the world.
City Center - North
From the Storting, Oslo's Akersgate leads northeast past the modern Government Buildings (1957- 59; Nos. 42-44) to the Trinity Church (Trefoldighetskirke; 1853-58), a neo-Gothic brick building. Notable features of the interior are the stained glass (by F. Haavardsholm) in the choir, the altar, with a painting of the Baptism of Christ, and the fine organ-case.
Oslo Municipal Library
Beyond the Oslo's Trinity Church, to the east, are the Deichman Library (the Municipal Library, with some 1,378,000 volumes) and the Swedish Margaretakirke (1926). To the southeast, in Youngstorg, is the Norske Opera (1958).
Museum of Applied Art
At the north end of Akersgate is St Olav's Church (1853; R.C.). Opposite the church, at St Olavsgate 1, is Oslo's Museum of Applied Art (Kunstindustrimuseet), which gives an excellent survey of the development of the applied and decorative arts in Norway (tapestries, including the fine Baldishol Tapestry of about 1180 from Baldishol church in Hedmark county; metalwork, glass, furniture, etc.). Associated with the Museum is a School of Arts and Crafts.
Cemetery of Our Savior
North of Oslo's Museum of Applied Art, between Ullevålsveien and Akersveien, is the Cemetery of Our Savior (Vor Frelsers Gravlund), with the graves of Bjørnson and Ibsen, the painter H. F. Gude and the poet Henrik Wergeland.
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