From Vikings to Vigeland and Munch – Three perfect reasons to visit Oslo

During one of our voyages to Northern Europe we discovered Oslo is a green and modern capital with an abundance of world-class museums and unique attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum, the Vigeland Sculpture Park and the Munch Museum. Planning to visit Oslo? Here are three cultural highlights you should not miss out on!


Over the last decades Viking stories have been shown in various series and films and their history is absolutely fascinating. To learn more on Viking history make sure to visit the new Viking age exhibition “Víkingr”. The exhibition at the Museum of Cultural History open on April 5th and presents some of the most exquisite jewellery, golden treasure and weapons ever found from the Norwegian Viking Age. The exhibition will be a great way to become acquainted with Viking war culture and their journeys, and learn how society changed during the Viking era.

And while you’re at it, do not miss out on the fact that Oslo holds its own Viking Ship Museum where threeViking ships and finds from tombs from the 9th century are on display all year round. 


2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Norway’s great sculptor Gustav Vigeland. He left a large number of works to the city of Oslo, including one of Oslo’s most visited and amazing attractions – the Vigeland Sculpture Park. The anniversary exhibition “Parallels” opens April 12th at the Vigeland Museum and sets Gustav Vigeland in the context of his contemporary fellow international artists such as Auguste Rodin, Aristide Mailoll, Constatin Meunier and Antoine Bourdelle. The exhibition focuses on Vigeland’s position in art history and includes borrowings from The Glyptotek in Copenhagen and Musée Rodin, Musée d’Orsay and Musée Bourdelle in Paris.

For more pictures from the Vigeland Sculpture Park click here.


Another Norwegian artist living in the same period as Vigeland was Edvard Munch. In 2020 the collection of 1.100 paintings, 18.200 graphic works, 6800 drawings, 13 sculptures and a number of photos taken by Munch will be moved from the current Munch Museum into a new Munch Museum. 2019 will therefore be the last year for the Munch Museum at its current location at Tøyen and this will be celebrated with an exciting exhibition this summer. “Exit” opens on May 11th and will show surprising events and incidents both from the museum’s current building and from Munch’s own life.


It’s safe to say that there’s always something going on in Oslo. With one of Europe’s most vibrant urban scenes, the city offers a daily selection of events that spans from concerts with world-class performers to city walks and quirky gallery shows. If you are planning a cultural city break in Oslo check out VisitOSLO’s event calender for a wide variety of great happenings.

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