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Art in the Oslo region

Embark on a plentiful art adventure.

Art experiences in the Oslo region come in many different forms. Go gallery-hopping in Oslo, and you’ll discover a selection of works that ranges from Edvard Munch’s famous paintings to puzzling sound installations in pop-up art spaces. Look beyond the city, and you’ll find bucolic attractions that combine art with nature.

World-renowned artists like Edvard Munch, Henrik Ibsen and Sigrid Undset had strong ties to the region, and today's art entusiasts can both visit their homes and see the place that expired great works like Scream and Peer Gynt.


View at Kistefos Sculpture Park
View at Kistefos Sculpture Park
Photo: VisitOsloregion/Didrick Stenersen


Art in the city

Oslo's main art attractions include the Munch Museum, where you can explore the extensive estate of the world-famous painter Edvard Munch. Astrup Fearnley Museet contains one of Northern Europe's most significant collections of modern and contemporary art. Henie Onstad Art Centre, located right outside the city, is a vital spot for visual art and other cultural happenings. 

Oslo’s contemporary art scene has flourished in tandem with the city’s ongoing facelift. New neighbourhoods are sprinkled with galleries where cutting-edge art and architecture come together. Whenever you visit, you’ll find exhibitions with both established names and fresh talent.

Oslo area gallery highlights

Art in the open

Nature is always close in the Oslo region, and, not surprisingly, world-class art can also be enjoyed outdoors. The region’s sculpture parks invite you to trek through scenic plains and forests on the hunt for installations by Salvador Dali, Louise Bourgeois, James Turrell, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, Ilya Kabakov, Mark Quinn and many others.

Major sculpture parks

Traces of famous artists

A number of prominent Norwegian artists have ties to the Oslo region. The world-renowned painter Edvard Munch grew up in Oslo, and lived in several different places in the Oslo region later in his life. Landscapes from the region are rendered in some of his most well-known paintings, such as Scream and Dance of Life.


Henrik Ibsen in his office
Henrik Ibsen in his office
Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen/ Nasjonalbiblioteket


Playwright Henrik Ibsen got the inspiration for his famous play Peer Gynt from the nature and tales of the Gudbrandsdalen Valley. A spectacular outdoor performance of Peer Gynt is held in Gudbrandsdalen every summer. Ibsen spent his last year’s in Oslo, and you can visit his apartment as part of the Ibsen Museum.

Authors Sigrid Undset and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson both lived in the Lillehammer area, and their homes have been turned into museums that document their life and work.

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Old crafts revisited

The Oslo region is home to two renowned glassworks with long-standing industrial traditions, which today employ professional designers to create modern Norwegian design products.

Make sure to stop by the workshops to see glass blowers create hand-blown art perfected through generations.