Things to do in Oslo, Easter 2016 - What's on? - visitoslo.com

Easter 2016

Easter in Oslo offers everything from heavy metal to skiing or children's activities.

Below we provide some suggestions for things to do in Oslo during Easter.

For a complete guide to events, please see our event calendar for Oslo

Easter egg painting at Mathallen
Easter egg painting at Mathallen
Photo: Mathallen Oslo

Opening hours during the holidays 

On public holidays (i.e. 24, 25, 27 and 28 March) most shops are closed, but many museums remain open through the holidays. Saturday 26 March is not a holiday, but most shops and offices close early.

Museums: 
Museum opening hours Easter 2016 (PDF) 

The tourist information office: 
Oslo Visitor Centre is open 9–18 every day, so feel free to stop by for inspiration and suggestions! 

Restaurants: 
Restaurants that are open for Easter (PDF)

Children's activities in the museums 

Many of Oslo's attractions offer special Easter activities for children, such as the Folk Museum and the Museum of Science and Technology.  

Check our Children's calendar for suggestions!  

Exhibitions 

Yayoi Kusama with pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama with pumpkin
Photo: Yayoi Kusama

Many interesting exhibitions will remain open through the Easter holidays. These are some of the highlights: 

Please see our Exhibitions list for more suggestions.

Winter activities  

In late March you may get a spring feeling in the city centre. But there's good reason to hope for great skiing conditions up in the hills of Oslo. 

For downhill skiing, Oslo Winter Park is open 10 am to 5 pm every day during Easter. And you can still go cross-country skiing in the highest parts of the Oslo forest. 

Music at Easter 

Inferno Metal Festival
Inferno Metal Festival
Photo: Viktor Jæger

As always, the Inferno Metal Festival takes place at Easter. Mayhem and more than 30 other bands will be performing this year’s festival 23–26 March. 

Other music highlights this Easter include a concert with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and the Norwegian Soloists' Choir

See our Concert calendar for more suggestions.

Guided tours

The Opera House on a winter morning
The Opera House on a winter morning
Photo: VisitOSLO/Heidi Thon


There are sightseeing tours by bus and boat every day during Easter.

Or you can join a guided city walk in Norwegian with Oslo Guidebureau. They offer a new walk with a new topic every day through Easter. 

The Opera House offers guided tours in English every day through the holidays. Go behind the scenes at this architectural masterpiece! 


Go to the What's on in Oslo page for a more comprehensive event calendar. 

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