The National Museum – Architecture
The National Museum – Architecture opened in 2008. The main building, designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch (1801–1865), was completed in 1830 as a division office for Norges Bank. It was adapted and extended by Sverre Fehn (1924–2009), who was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1997.
The building is a juxtaposition of classicism and modernist architecture – an encounter between Grosch and Fehn, Norway’s most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. The museum’s temporary exhibitions explore both contemporary architecture and historical themes. The architecture collection includes drawings and photographic material, in addition to models and other objects. A new permanent exhibition with works from the architecture collection opened in 2014.
Address: Bankplassen 3, 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
There are steps to the main entrance. Next to the steps there is a sign pointing to the side entrance on the back side of the building. The side entrance is step-free with an entrance control. For more information, see www.byggforalle.no
Grosch Bistro at the National Museum – Architecture – is an idyllic setting for a snack or a meal amidst stunning architecture and art in the heart of Oslo’s historic Kvadraturen area.