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What to See in Oslo

National_Day_in_OsloMany of Norway´s most famous landmarks and museums are in Oslo, making it a great cultural destination all year round.

The town centre which is easily covered on foot has many of the most well known sights, such as the royal palace, the parliament, the Akershus fortress and the lively Aker Brygge waterfront.


But if you have a few days to spend in Oslo, it is definitely worth heading up to Holmenkollen with great views over Oslo, or out to Bygdøy and all the museums there.


A good idea is to opt for the Oslo Card, which will give you free entry to most museums and attractions in Oslo, as well as a travel card. Read more about the Oslo Card.

Museums in Oslo Vigeland Park
Holmenkollen The Norwegian Opera

Museums in Oslo

From art to vikings, Oslo has world famous museums open all year round. The array of museums available is too much to cover in this guide, but look at VisitOslo for more information.

The Munch Museum

The famous Scream painting (the inspiration for the mask in the horror films) was stolen in 2004 together with another famous work, Madonna, causing international headlines.


The Scream (Skrik in Norwegian) has been painted by Munch on a variety of different media, but the version stolen was one of the most well known.


It depicts a screaming person standing on a bridge against a blood red sky. In the background you can see the Oslo fjord, viewed from the Ekeberg hill to the east of the city.


Luckily, the paintings was recovered in 2008 and is once again displayed in the Munch museum in Tøyen, along with many other well known works by Edvard Munch.

 The Viking Ship Museum

The worlds best preserved viking ships are on display at the Viking ship museum in Bygdøy.


The ships, all built around 800AD is an amazing testament to the great ship building skills already developed at the time, and many other treasures and viking artefacts are on display too.


Entry costs 50NOK(25NOK cons.)*

 The Kon-Tiki Museum

This museum is a celebration of the famous Norwegian scientist, environmentalist and adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl´s ground breaking exhibitions around the world.


Open all year.


Vigeland_Sculpture_Park_OsloThe Vigeland Park

The Vigeland or Frogner Park is the biggest park in central Oslo, and is home to over 200 bronze and granite sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland.


The most famous, the monolith, is a 46feet tall granite tower made up from a total of 121 human stone figures.


Another famous sculpture, the “Angry Boy”, is easily missed if you don´t know he´s hidden behind another larger sculpture on the bridge.


Touching the bronze statues is encouraged, as it keeps them shiny. It is easy to see people´s favourite spots on the naked sculptures...


Open all year, free entry (Vigeland Museum at extra cost).


Holmenkollen Ski Jump 

A trip to Oslo without heading up to Holmenkollen is like visiting London not seeing the Big Ben.


The hillside to the north west of Oslo is not only where the famous ski jumping arena is, but also most of the city´s ski slopes and hiking trails.


The views over Oslo are great, and the area is easily reached by tube to Frognerseteren.


The ski jump is currently undergoing major works in preparation for the Ski World Cup in 2011, but it is still well worth the trip for the views and the tube ride up to the top.


Many of the most recommended outdoor activities can be found in the area too, including the Korketrekkeren toboggan run and the Tryvann Winter Park.


The_Norwegian_OperaThe Norwegian Opera

One of the most talked about political issues of the naughties in Norway was the building of the new opera.


The building was completed in 2008 and is well worth the short walk across the motorway from the central station.


Obviously, tickets for shows cost quite a lot, and might not be everyone´s cup of tea, but the building is beautiful – and you can wander all over it for free. It is a good place to enjoy a packed lunch on a summer´s day.


* Prices may be subject to change.