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Welcome to Oslo
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The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
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Experience the Open-Air Museum
Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. The160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town and country, and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.
Grefsenkollen - Oslo's most beautiful viewpoint
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Grefsenkollen is the highest points surrounding Oslo – 379 meters above sea level, with a spectacular views of the city. Grefsenkollveien leads to the top where a restaurant building was built in 1927. Grefsenåsen is a popular hiking and recreation area and is used for many different activities – from regular exercise, cycling and skiing to climbing and hang gliding.
There are many ways to get to the top. Most of the trails up to Grefsenkollen are stroller, bicycle and wheelchair friendly. Take subway 4/5 to Storo and hop on bus number 56 from Storo to Akebakken. If you don’t want to stroll up to the top, bus number 56 takes you all the way up to Grefsenkollen every hour from kl. 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
The Vikings Alive in Oslo
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A visual journey into the Viking Age
The Vikings Alive is a unique visual journey into the Viking Age. A Viking ship is built, sails along the Norwegian fjords an on the ocean, ending its days as a grave ship for a king.The film is projected onto the vaulted ceiling of the Viking Ship Museum and provides the audience with an experience as if the Viking Age is played out in front of their eyes. "We are very pleased with the results", says Museum Director Håkon Glørstad. He believes that the new film will attract more people to what is already one of Norway's most popular museums, visited by half a million guests every year.
The Royal Palace in Oslo
Changing of the guards every day
The Royal Palace (Norwegian: Slottet or formally Det kongelige slott) in Oslo was built in the first half of the 19th century as the Norwegian residence of the French-born King Charles III of Norway, who reigned as king of Norway and Sweden. The palace is the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch.
The Palace Park (Norwegian: Slottsparken) is a public park surrounding the Royal Palace. Changing of the guards every day at 1.30 pm. Guided tours every day in summer.
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Open every day
Oslo City Hall (Norwegian: Oslo rådhus) is a municipal building in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Oslo City Hall hosts the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on December 10 (anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death) each year. The building’s main hall was decorated by Henrik Sørensen and Alf Rolfsen. The room has a series of wall paintings depicting Norway and Oslo between the wars and also during occupation. They depict the growth of commercial activity in the city, including the rise of the labour movement. Various monarchs and the city’s patron saint, St. Hallvard are also depicited.
During the summer the City Hall General Services offer free guided tours of the Oslo City Hall. The tours are held every day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., from 1st June to 16th of July. No booking needed.
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Akerselva, or Akerselven, is a river which flows through Oslo. It starts at Maridalsvannet in Oslomarka, and follows the urban areas Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka, Oslo centre and Grønland, whereby it finally ends up in the heart of Oslo center, next to the opera house in Bjørvika. The river is considered to be a part of the Nordmarkvassdraget. The entire river is about 8.2 kilometres long, and has a difference in altitude of approximately 149 meters. Earlier, the river gave power to numerous industry companies in Oslo. Today Akerselven is «Oslo’s green lung”; many parks and nature trails are to be found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet. A walk along Akerselven from the rural Frysja down through the different parts of Oslo all the way down to the city centre is an amazing experience and a walk through the history of Oslo. Salmon run and spawn in the upper part of the river. Only a few years ago, it was few to believed that Akerselva would be named as one of the world’s most exciting tourist attractions, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Lonely Planet and The Guardian.
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A beautiful park in the middle of Oslo
The Botanical Garden, founded in 1814, belongs to the Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo. Through research, education and plant conservation, the garden seeks to increase public awareness of the importance of plant diversity. The plant collections contain approx. 5 500 species.
The Natural History Museum of the University of Oslo is planning for new exhibition greenhouses. The concept is based on the world’s distribution of climates and vegetation. As a future visitor, you are invited to embark on a journey through four separate greenhouses and five climate zones. You can choose to travel either northwards or southwards from the cold temperate climate of Oslo.
Damstredet - a pictoresque street
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One of Oslo's oldest streets
Damstredet are populated with charming, colourful wooden and brick houses, built by migrants to the town at the end of the 18th century. The erea is excellently preserved, like a museum, but alive with real people living there. Here you can walk into narrow alleys full of fragrant flowers. There are basically no tourists here, mostly people living closeby walking these streets. On top of the Damstredet, there is a small pond and some benches around – a nice place to relax in summertime.
And if you already here, visit Vår Frelsers Gravlund (Our Saviour Cemetery), located just across the street. In the area you also find the medieval church Gamle Aker kirke.
Things to see near Damstredet
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The history of the estate dates back to 1649. Bogstad remained in the same family from its establishment in 1649 until it was presented to the Bogstad Foundation in 1955 as a public museum administered under the aegis of the Norsk Folkemuseum. Bogstad Manor holds a central position in Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a centre during important periods of our political history. Landowner and proprietor Mr. Peder Anker and his descendants, the Wedel Jarlsberg family, have handed down to posterity a beautiful home, with its original interiors almost unchanged and today open to the public. Bogstad can be visited by the public all year round. During the summer months several family activities take place, mostly on sundays.
The museum is open for guided tours from May-September, Tuesday-Sunday at 1 pm and 2 pm. Guided tours are in Norwegian, but foreign guests are provided with an English pamphlet.
The cafe, shop and spesial exhibitons are open year around, Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm-4 pm
Discover Oslo on a City Bike
Visit The Holocaust Senter Villa Grande at Bygdøy
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The Norwegian Holocaust Exhibition
Visit the center’s main exhibition, on the Holocaust and the fate of the Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. Images, sounds, objects and text document the genocide on the European Jews, as well as the mass murder and persecution of other groups and minorities during the era of National Socialism. During the Second World War, Vidkun Quisling resided at Villa Grande and renamed the building Gimle. From 1942 until the end of the war the building was a symbol of oppression, violence and barbarism. The exhibition which today is located in the building is the first to present a general picture of the fate of Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. The exhibition has a broad perspective, also focusing on other victims persecuted as a result of Nazi politics. An important aim of the exhibition is to foster discussion about the present.
Nobel Peace Center in Oslo
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The Nobel Field
The Nobel Peace Center is the museum about the Nobel Peace Prize. We present the Peace Prize laureates and their work, and tell the story of Alfred Nobel and the Peace Prize. The Center also acts as an arena for debate about important social issues. Through permanent and temporary exhibitions, guided tours, various events and family activities, we wish to foster reflection and engagement on topics related to war, peace and conflict resolution. The Nobel Peace Center has achieved international recognition for the use of documentary photography and interactive technology.
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In one of the old wooden houses listed in idyllic Akersveien, a few steps down from street level, sits Jan Petter Myhre among wood, tools, leather and waxed thread. He is the only bespoke shoe maker in Oslo, a mix of old handcraft tradition, shoe art and anatomy. It takes time to create a pair of hand made shoes – almost 40 effective working hours, sometimes more than that too. It starts with a personal meeting with the customer, where Jan Petter forming a picture of the needs, not to mention; an image of the feet anatomy – instep, toenail height and heel curve. It must be a good link between form, function and shoe materials.
Jan Petter Myhre is educated in one of London’s traditional family businesses within bespoke shoemaking, who made hand-stitched shoes for more than five generations. Today Myhre have customers worldwide – Hong Kong, New York and Bahrain, and of course Norwegian customers.
Sunday Market at Grünerløkka
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Every sunday they rig up their merchants selling stalls under the birch trees standing just as lush today as in 1882. On a table lies a whole series christmas plates from Porsgrunds Porselænsfabrikk. In front of a huge mirror an elderly couple trying out summer hats. A leather chair has got a new owner. On top of a stack of old 45 discs I found «Sea Of Heartbreak» with Johnny Cash, and suddenly I’m back in a time I had almost forgotten. Maybe that’s why it’s so fun to use markets – one gets a free trip on the purchase.
Take a trip to Birkelunden and Sunday market, if only just to experience all the colorful people strolling round the marketplace.
An Oasis Downtown Oslo
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The Bazaar Haals next to Oslo Cathedral, also called Kirkeristen, was constructed in 1840-1859 in unplastered bricks, originally as a marketplace for butchers. In 1854 the city fireguard was listed on the site. In the early 1900s the city municipality wanted to demolish Basarhallene in favor of a new building. This triggered one of the first conservation debates in town. The demolition case was put on hold for several years, but in 1960 municipality started the restoration work of the old buildings, which had been neglected for years. Today the Bazaars houses artists and craftspeople, restaurants, cafés and small shops, including Esaias Solberg, one of Oslo’s oldest antique dealers, established in 1849. Have lunch at Baltazar Ristorante, or just a cup of coffee in a quiet atmosphere.
Exciting Sculpture Park at Oslo East
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Often it’s just coincidence that lets you discover new things and places in the city. You get a glimpse of this special park as you cross Åkersbergveien and Kjølberggata at the east side of the city, beside the walls of Oslo Prison. The sculptures and installations are designed by the artist Bård Breivik. Walls are filled with 15 kg gold leaf, 222 pieces Zebra-red quartzite and many tons of granite and marble. Along the wall is the submerged pool. The coating around the pool are sourced from China, where Bård Breivik hunted stone with a natural stripe. Strip constitutes the pattern of the coating, an Asian tradition where artistic expression is in harmony with nature materials. South of the pool is the multicultural space. The intention of the multicultural space is to provide a global culture image, consisting of stone traditions from different parts of the world. The coating on the square is the Roman joined, perhaps the most classical laying patterns in Europe. Klosterenga Cultural Park is tied together with the park against the old executing place of Galgeberg
The National Gallery in Oslo
Albertine at the Police Doctor’s Waiting Room; finished 1887, is the title of a naturalist painting by Norwegian artist Christian Krohg, showing the scene in a waiting room. The painting is regarded as Krohg’s principal work as a social painter. The painting touched the taboo subject of sexual life, and led to a heated debate among his contemporaries. The format of the painting is unusually large; people are portrayed in full scale. The painting is held in the National Gallery in Oslo. The painting depicts a situation in the police doctor’s waiting room. «Albertine» is the next person to enter the examination room. She is dressed in a simple costume, in contrast to the other women in the room, who are dolled up in colorful dresses, typical of the prostitutes of the period. Christian Krohg was inspired by the ideas of the realists. He chose motives primarily from everyday life – often its darker or socially inferior sides.
An artwork of more than 400 000 bricks
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Much of the city’s magic is often a bit of the visual field we usually use when we rush through the city streets. We passed the brick building without reflecting noteworthy that the façade of Oslo Spektrum is actually a huge and very beautiful artwork. When architects LPO planned the building, they hired artist Guttorm Guttormsgaard to do the exterior decoration. In collaboration with ceramicist Søren Ubisch, and old print fragments of late artist Rolf Nesch, the building has become a gigantic artwork, consisting of over 400. 000 bricks.