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National Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: Bankplassen 4, Oslo 0151, Norway
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Too much photography, not enough art

The ground floor was closed when we visited, we knew that the visiting exhibition was photography but had checked that there was some of the permanaent exhibition on display... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Cathy H
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

The ground floor was closed when we visited, we knew that the visiting exhibition was photography but had checked that there was some of the permanaent exhibition on display upstairs. That turned out to be pretty much all photography too. With the notable exception of a small number of splendid, if disturbing, Louise Borgeois pieces and a rubbish collector's collection,... More 

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

I have visited the museum several times, but it was only the present Exhibition of Sidsel Paaske which I found impressive. I learned so much more about her than I knew before, and I found her jewellery pieces were great! I also found the museum shop interesting!

Thank Ingeborg56
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Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

As I am not the art person it was for me okay to see the pictures, paintings and similar things. It is a nice museum with some limited exhibitions in addition.

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Drammen, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The current exhibition by Sidsel Paaske is excellent, but check their program before planning a whole day out. Their exhibitions have very various quality, The building has however been revived to it's old glory. The white cubes are removed and it's now possible to see original building details, particularly on first floor. That is really worth visiting.

Thank EiWiSu
Malmo, Sweden
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016

I spent half an hour at this rather small museum. The building itself is nice but the few collections were a bit disappointing. The second floor exhibition was advertised but non-existent as far as I could see. The staff is friendly and the café served a nice chocolate cake.

Thank Mats L
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2016

As I have said many times in my reviews here, modern art is as good or bad as the space where it is displayed and exhibited. In some cases (Guggenheim, Neues, Kiasma, Kumu) the building and the space itself becomes art and enhances the exhibits. In some cases like here, the building is so inappropriate and depressing that even good... More 

Thank ZenHealer7
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Worth a short visit if you have an Oslo Pass. A little too abstract for my taste as depicted by the mouldy bread exhibit and the giant bonbon (pictured). Probably worth going if you are an art officianado.

Thank drmartin1970
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

A lovely old building to house a range of interesting & thought provoking installations. As ever with art, there were some pieces I enjoyed more than others, and some I did not understand at all, but overall this was a really pleasant way to spend an afternoon. Especially if, like us, you stop off in the delightfully eclectic cafe for... More 

Thank Hedleygirl
Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 17 June 2016

My biggest surprise was Ilya Kabakov's permanent exhibition but I liked a lot of other items as well. I find this museum's collection more profound then the Astrup's, with no flashy installations by internationally known artists but great presenation of modern artworks with explanations on the walls.

Thank PirateSpace
Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Worth a half hour look if you have an Oslo card, otherwise just check out the building from the outside and the square it sits in. The layout of the museum works well, with the separate rooms for exhibits, but honestly the most interesting exhibit in there at the moment is the 'Man who never threw anything away' installation. 'Silent... More 

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