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The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design

The National Museum holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway's most extensive collections of art, architecture and design.

The National Museum shows permanent exhibitions of works from its own collections and temporary exhibitions that incorporate works loaned from elsewhere. The Museum's exhibition venues in Oslo are the National Museum – Architecture and Villa Stenersen. The National Gallery closed in January 2019. The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design closed in October 2016 and The Museum of Contemporary Art closed 3 September 2017. 

The new National Museum opens in 2021. 

The Museum's programme also includes exhibitions that tour both within and beyond Norway's borders.

Karin Hindsbo is Director of The National Museum and took up the post 1 June 2017.


The National Gallery

The museum closed in January 2019. Founded in 1837, the National Gallery housed Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures.

The main emphasis of the collection was on Norwegian painting and sculpture from the 19th century. The museum also held an extensive collection of drawings and prints by Norwegian and international artists. Highlights of the collection include major works by Edvard Munch, including The Scream. Other important artists include J.C. Dahl, Adolph Tidemand, Hans Gude, Harriet Backer and Christian Krohg.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

Parts of the collection of contemporary art was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, until the museum closed 3 September 2017. The contemporary art collection will be found in new, exciting displays at the new National Museum, opening in 2020. In 2017 and 2018, contemporary art can also be enjoyed at the National Gallery.

The collections from the 20th century illustrate the development of Norwegian fine art with reference to key works of Nordic and international art in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video and other media. Central to the collection of international contemporary art is Ilya Kabakov's permanent installation The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (1988–1995).


The National Museum – Architecture

The architecture collections, covering historical themes through to contemporary architecture, are on show at the National Museum – Architecture. Two important architects, one from the 19th and one from the 20th century, have contributed to the building in its present form. The main building, designed by Christian H. Grosch, was completed in 1830. It was adapted and extended by Sverre Fehn and opened as an exhibition space for architecture in 2008. The main emphasis of the architecture collection is modernism, with particular focus on the inter-war years.

The collection, which consists primarily of the archives of privately practising Norwegian architects, encompasses drawings, photographs, models, correspondence and the like.

Address for visitors: Bankplassen 3

Design and crafts

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

The museum closed in October 2016. The design and craft collection will reopen in 2021 with exciting new displays at the new National Museum. The vast collection ranges from antique Greek vases and East Asian art objects through to the history of European design. It covers costume, fashion and textiles, furniture, silverware, glass, ceramics and other crafts.

Guided tours 

We offer guided tours in Norwegian and English: omvisninger@nasjonalmuseet.no

The National Museum's administration

Address for visitors: Kristian Augusts gate 23, Oslo
Postal address: Postboks 7014, St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo
Tel.: (+47) 21 98 20 00

The new National Museum

A new joint building for the National Museum is planned for opening in 2021 and currently under construction in Oslo. The architecture firm Kleihues + Schuwerk won the competition for the new museum building with the project forum artis. The size, location and combined functionality of the new building will create a totally unique arena for art and the public.