Sightseeing in Oslo
Below we list a small selection of things to see in Oslo. For a more extensive list look at the Official Travel Guide to Oslo.
The Astrup Fearnley museum is and has been perhaps the most important museum for modern art in Oslo. In 2012, its brand new museum building was opened at Tjuvholmen – a new district of Oslo beautifully situated by the harbour and Aker Brygge. The building was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, and is a highlight of modern architecture in Oslo. The collection at Astrup Fearnley includes famous works by Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, and is definitely worth a visit.
Another highlight of modern architecture in Oslo, the new Opera house is also situated in the Oslofjord harbour. Its white marble façade, unusual geometry and interior designs with mellow and futuristic lightning makes for a special experience. The restaurant is also worth a visit, albeit a somewhat expensive one.
Edward Munch is one of the world's most famous painters, and the Munch Museum at Tøyen offers unique perspectives on his art and life, drawing from a huge collection of his works.
A classic sight in Oslo, the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy showcases unique well-preserved viking ships found in iron age graves, in particular the spectacular Oseberg ship from AD 834. It is a must for those interested in Viking and their history, and unique in the world.
Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947, a balsawood raft. The Kon-Tiki museum is located close to the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy, and another must see in Oslo.