The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art shows temporary exhibitions of both loaned works and works from its own collections. Starting in autumn 2017 the Museum of Contemporary Art will be starting its transition towards the new National Museum. The Final opening day is 3 September 2017.

The last day the Museum of Contemporary Art will be open to the public is Sunday 3 September 2017. Between then and the opening of the new National Museum in 2020, contemporary art will be displayed in temporary exhibitions at the National Gallery and Mellomstasjonen - the information centre for the new museum.

The entire museum collection must first be documented, reviewed for conservation and packed before being made available to the public. The new museum will include the first-ever permanent display of contemporary art, extending over a total area of 2 300 m2, in addition to temporary exhibitions. Visitors will be able view contemporary art in completely new contexts, juxtaposed with older art, design and architecture.

Read more about the collection's move to the new National Museum here.

The collection

The National Museum’s collection of contemporary art comprises some 5 000 works by Norwegian and international artists from 1945 to today. The collection contains a wide range of genres and forms of expression: painting, graphic art, drawing, photography, sculpture, objects, installation and video-art.

The museum opened its doors to the public in 1990 in the former headquarters of Norges Bank at Bankplassen in central Oslo. This beautiful Art Nouveau-inspired building in Norwegian granite and marble, designed by architect Magnus Olsen Hjorth (1862–1927), was completed in 1906. The museum has an exhibition area of approximately 2 000 m2 over two floors, with the main gallery located in the large bank hall on the ground floor. In 2003, the museum became an integral part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Permanent installations

Visitors can also see various other permanent installations including Per Inge Bjørlo’s Inner Space V. The Goal and gallery rooms dedicated to Louise Bourgeois

Among the museum’s permanent exhibitions, two gallery rooms are dedicated to one of the most highly respected artists of our time, French-American Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). She drew inspiration from almost all of the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, but maintained a genuine personal style in her unflinching exploration of sweeping psychoanalytical topics such as family relations, sexuality and human emotions such as anxiety, jealousy, loneliness and grief.

The Garbage Man

Ilya Kabkov’s installation, The Garbage Man: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (1988–1995), will be incorporated into the new National Museum. However, this will require that it is carefully dismantled and packed by the museum’s curators. The last chance to experience The Garbage Man at the Museum of Contemporary Art was Sunday 23 April.

 Address: Bankplassen 4, Oslo

Trams: 12, 13, 19 to Kongens gate
Metro: Stortinget station. All lines stop here
Bus: 60 to Bankplassen, 30, 31 to Kongens gate, 32 to Dronningens gate

 Opening hours


Open 11.00–20.00 Tuesday 29 August to Sunday 3 September.



The main entrance has steps and signage directing to the side entrance around the corner. The side entrance is step-free with entrance control. For more information, see