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The new National Museum

Building Norway’s largest museum 

The new National Museum will open in 2020. Here, the collections of the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Norwegian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design will be collected under one roof. The new museum will have a permanent exhibition of about 5000 objects. Design, arts and crafts, fine art as well as contemporary art will be exhibited alongside each other. As such, the permanent exhibition will highlight interesting connections between the different collections that previously had been on show at three different museums. Additionally, audiences will be able to see the most famous paintings by Edvard Munch, like The Scream (1893) and Madonna (1894).

Nasjonalmuseum - Munchsalen
Photo: Guicciardini & Magni Architetti/Nasjonalmuseet


The most eye-catching feature of the new museum will be the large, illuminated exhibition hall on top of the building. It will be used for temporary exhibitions of international importance.

The building was designed by Kleinhues + Schuwerk Gesellschaft von Architekten, with emphasis on dignity and longevity over sensationalist architecture. Great care was given to achieve a balance with the museum’s surroundings and the existing monuments in the area, such as Oslo City Hall and Akershus Fortress. The rooftop terrace will offer a unique view of the inner Oslo fjord. Around the museum, new, open spaces will be created. The square in front of the main entrance will be an urban meeting place, with benches and a café inviting you to take a rest. 

To learn more about the new museum, you can visit Mellomstasjonen (“the in-between station”), a temporary information centre right next to the building site.


The animated film below takes you on a virtual tour around the new museum. 

New National Museum - animation