MUNCH is the capital's art museum you don't want to miss. There are over 200 of Edvard’s Munch’s works, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions featuring art from all over the world. The building itself is in excess of 25,000 sqm, and is therefore considered one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to one artist.
As well as exploring MUNCH’s art, you can eat, drink and shop at MUNCH. The top floor includes the cocktail bar Kranen, which gives you a view of the approach to the Oslofjord. You can also see the Opera building from above from here.
Astrup Fearnley’s art collection is considered one of the best in Northern Europe, and the design of the museum is worth a visit in itself. Here you can see Astrup Fearnley’s own exhibition, as well as several other exhibitions from international artists.
The building is located at the far end of Tjuvholmen, and was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig. In addition to having several different exhibitions, the museum offers tours for seniors, baby tours and Sunday tours. And don't forget to have a look in the great museum shop!
Also check out the new National Museum just a few hundred metres away.
The House of Literature
The House of Literature Foundation opened its doors in 2007 and is a national arena for literature, knowledge and debate. Bring a book and sit in the cafe, or take part in year-round talks and events. You can find the programme on the House of Literature’s website.
The botanical garden at Tøyen in Oslo is one of the city’s green spaces, which is definitely worth a visit. The garden consists of a total of 45,000 plants of around 5,500 different species and varieties, which offer a tropical and scientific experience – right in the heart of the city. Also check out the cafe Handwerk, Norway’s first organic sourdough bakery. From the small bakery you can buy buttery "handwiches" or sweeter temptations such as banana bread or cinnamon rolls. Perfect to bring along for a walk in the park.
The opera house was designed by Snøhetta and is one of Oslo’s most iconic buildings. If you don't have time to see a performance, it’s also possible to take a guided tour of the building. The Norwegian Opera & Ballet offers guided tours for anyone interested in seeing and learning more about the opera. The tour takes approx. 50 minutes and is carried out in groups of max. 25 people. Tickets can be purchased here. Bonus: Right behind the Opera House is the beautiful Deichman Bjørvika library.
The venerable Gimle cinema has been in the same location, at Bygdøy allé 39, since 1939. Before the cinema you can buy snacks, wine, beer and coffee in the small foyer. You can later bring these into the cinema and place them on the small tables next to the cinema seats. Gimle is known for showing selected quality films and also shows live opera and ballet.
Odeon Oslo at Storo
A lot has happened at Storo in recent years, and the area is now home to the country’s largest cinema centre, Odeon Oslo. The cinema houses 14 different cinema auditoriums, enough to fill 1700 seats. The largest auditorium is an IMAX screen, with a screen the height of a five-storey house. The cinema centre is also the only one in the world with laser projection and a DOLBY ATMOS sound system in 13 of the auditoriums. A world-class movie experience.
Check out our tips on what you can do in Storo: Oslo’s new urban city centre
Urban art along the streets of Oslo
VisitOSLO has created a guide to the city’s street art and graffiti – an art form that has turned Oslo’s streets into one of the city’s most interesting and vibrant arenas. We recommend starting the tour of Tøyen – the district that aims to become Scandinavia’s largest outdoor gallery.
Oslo also has an increasing number of outdoor art installations, and some of the most exciting are Eli Gabrielsen’s "Play in the air", "Rudolph the Chrome Nosed Reindeer" or Ola Enstad’s "Dykkar Installation".
Wandering production from the war at Akershus Fortress
"The destinies of war" is an outdoor production about the time when our country was an occupied military dictatorship. Author and actor Ross Kolby talks about the price the people paid when the Norwegian democracy fell, and the fight they waged to become a free country again.
The performance lasts for approx. one hour and 20 minutes. Kolby takes the audience on a tour of seven stops around Akershus Fortress and brings these central events to life – where they happened.
Book your ticket here.