Top ChoiceMuseum in Aker Brygge & Bygdøy

Vikingskipshuset

Vikingskipshuset

Around 1100 years ago, Vikings dragged up two longships from the shoreline and used them as the centrepiece for grand ceremonial burials, most likely for important chieftains or nobility. Along with the ships,...

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Ekebergparken

Ekebergparken

Opened to much controversy in 2013, Ekebergparken cemented Oslo's reputation as a contemporary-art capital and, in particular, one devoted to sculpture. A vast forested public park overlooking the city and the...

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Astrup Fearnley Museet

Astrup Fearnley Museet

This private contemporary-art museum resides in an arresting, silvered-wood building designed by Renzo Piano, with a sail-like glass roof that feels both maritime and at one with the Oslofjord landscape. The...

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Ibsen Museet

Ibsen Museet

While downstairs houses a small and rather idiosyncratic museum, it's Ibsen's former apartment, which you'll need to join a tour to see, that is unmissable. This was the playwright's last residence and his study...

Top ChoicePark in Frogner & Western Oslo

Vigelandsparken

Vigelandsparken

The centrepiece of Frognerparken is an extraordinary open-air showcase of work by Norway's best-loved sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, and is home to 212 granite and bronze pieces by the artist. His highly charged...

Top ChoiceArchitecture in Opera House & Bjørvika

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House

Centrepiece of Oslo's rapidly developing waterfront, the magnificent Opera House (2008), reminiscent of a glacier floating in the waters of the Oslofjord, is considered one of the most iconic buildings in...

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Akershus Festning

Akershus Festning

When Oslo was named capital of Norway in 1299, King Håkon V ordered the construction of Akershus, strategically located on the eastern side of the harbour, to protect the city from external threats. Extended and...

Top ChoiceGallery in Grünerløkka & Vulkan

Rod Bianco

Rod Bianco's white cube space, hidden behind an unmarked black door in a courtyard occupied by auto workshops and warehouses, has always-boundary-pushing work from both Norwegian and international contemporary...

Museum in Aker Brygge & Bygdøy

Polarship Fram Museum

Polarship Fram Museum

This museum is dedicated to one of the most enduring symbols of early polar exploration, the 39m schooner Fram (meaning ‘Forward’). Wander the decks, peek inside the cramped bunk rooms and imagine life at sea and...

Gallery in Sofienberg, Grønland & Tøyen

Munchmuseet

This monographic museum dedicated to Norway's greatest artist, Edvard Munch (1863–1944), houses the largest collection of his work in the world: some 28,000 items, including 1100 paintings and 4500 watercolours,...

Forest in Oslo

Nordmarka

Nordmarka

Oslo's beloved woodland sits to the north of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and is a prime destination for hiking, mountain biking, sledding and skiing. In the summer, the Tryvannstårnet observation tower is a good...

Mountain in Oslo

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The Holmenkollen Ski Jump, perched on a hilltop overlooking Oslo, offers a panoramic view of the city and doubles as a concert venue. During Oslo's annual ski festival, held in March, it draws the world's best...

Gallery in City Centre

Nasjonalgalleriet

Nasjonalgalleriet

The gallery houses the nation's largest collection of traditional and modern art, and many of Edvard Munch's best-known creations are on permanent display, including his most renowned piece, The Scream. But...

Museum in Oslo

Henie-Onstad Art Centre

This private art museum contains works by Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, as well as assorted impressionist, abstract, expressionist and contemporary Norwegian works. It hosts big-name temporary contemporary shows...

Park in Frogner & Western Oslo

Frognerparken

Frognerparken attracts westside locals with its broad lawns, ponds, stream and rows of shady trees for picnics, strolling or lounging on the grass. It also contains Vigelandsparken, a sprawling...

Museum in Aker Brygge & Bygdøy

Norsk Folkemuseum

Norsk Folkemuseum

This folk museum is Norway's largest open-air museum and one of Oslo's most popular attractions. The museum includes more than 140 buildings, mostly from the 17th and 18th centuries, gathered from around the...

Palace in City Centre

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

The Norwegian royal family's seat of residence emerges from the woodland-like Slottsparken, a relatively modest, pale-buttercup neoclassical pile. Built for the Swedish (in fact, French) king Karl Johan, the...

Museum in City Centre

Historisk Museum

The Historical Museum is actually three museums under one roof. Most interesting is the ground-floor National Antiquities Collection (Oldsaksamlingen), which has displays of Viking-era coins, jewellery and...

Gallery in Frogner & Western Oslo

Vigeland Museum

For a more in-depth look at Gustav Vigeland's work, this museum is just opposite the southern entrance to Frognerparken. It was built by the city in the 1920s as a home and studio for the sculptor in exchange for...

Museum in Aker Brygge & Bygdøy

Nobels Fredssenter

Nobels Fredssenter

Norwegians take pride in their role as international peacemakers, and the Nobel Peace Prize is their gift to the men and women judged to have done the most to promote world peace over the course of the previous...