National Museum - Architecture

National Museum - Architecture, Oslo: Hours, Address, National Museum - Architecture Reviews: 3.5/5

National Museum - Architecture

National Museum - Architecture
3.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Museum – Architecture explores both contemporary architecture and historical themes. The architecture collection includes drawings and photographic material, in addition to models and other objects. The main building, designed by Christian Heinrich Grosch, was completed in 1830 as a division office for Norges Bank. It was adapted and extended by Sverre Fehn before opening as a museum in 2008. The building is a juxtaposition of classicism and modernist architecture - an encounter between Grosch and Fehn, Norway's most important architects of the 19th and 20th centuries respectively. CLOSED: Mondays, Easter (Thursday, Friday and Monday), 1 May, 17 May, 23-25 December, 31 December, 1 January. Norwegian name: Nasjonalmuseet - Arkitektur
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Sentrum
How to get there
  • Stortinget • 7 min walk
  • Jernbanetorget • 9 min walk
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Gro S
41 contributions
A disappointment
Jan 2020 • Couples
We're not sure if there is more to see, but when we visited the only room that was opened was the one on 1st floor. It showed pictures and some few models of architecture from late 1800 till now.

Frankly the exhibition was more suitable to be free as a teaser for something bigger.

Disappointed local citizen
Written 1 February 2020
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Mark W
Boca Raton, FL2,613 contributions
Architectural Pride of Oslo
Sep 2019 • Couples
Oslo is justly proud of its rich architectural history. As a relatively small city, architecture reflects its history of affluence from trading.
Written 25 September 2019
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Ola
Warsaw, Poland21 contributions
Perfect for art students
Dec 2018
A lot of knowledge of Norwegian architecture and not only. I had possibility to saw an exhibition of Le Corbusier paintings and sketches.
Written 30 December 2018
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Joyce
438 contributions
Small museum and quite technical
Oct 2018 • Family
I feel like this museum is more suited to architecture students and those who have a keen interest in architecture; I found the exhibits quite dry, with very dense with technical information.

If you visit the National Gallery of Oslo you are able to enter this museum for free. We visited the museum late in the afternoon so we didn't have much time to slowly browse, but it turns out there were only two permanent showrooms open anyway.

That being said, there is a very small but lovely temporary exhibit on Le Corbusier, which displays the artist and architect's abstract art. This room was my favourite part of the museum.

The exhibition discussing Oslo's future plans for building was more enlightening, but I don't think I'd pay to enter this museum if it was required.
Written 14 October 2018
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glennaa11
Washington DC, DC332 contributions
very nice
Sep 2018 • Solo
cool building. The current exhibit about the UN Security Council chamber is very informative. But I think the star of the show is the exhibit about urban housing options. I was quite impressed by that one. Only wish it was bigger
Written 18 September 2018
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Sean C
Chichester, UK114 contributions
Historical perspectives
Sep 2018 • Couples
This museum visit was combined with the National Gallery if visited on the same day, which we did so the 120 kr for 2 pensioners covered 2 museums. That’s a good deal.
The museum is about 20 mins walk from the national gallery, and near the fortress.
There are three main rooms in the museum. Two rooms were devoted to the need for housing and different responses by architects from the early 1900s. Different fashions over the period covered the move from public to private provision, cooperatives and shared spaces, the influence of Corbusier, as well as the needs for light, space and energy efficiency. As well as wall charts with the history, there are lots of architects’ models of individual houses and apartments as well as blocks and estates. There are discussions of influential Norwegian architects such as Fehn and Grosch.
The third room is devoted to the design of the UN Security Council building in New York which involved both the first UN Secretary General, a Norwegian of course, and his architect friend. The main architect was American so there were designs being sent back and forth across the Atlantic, a fascinating bit of history.
The building itself was a Bank and converted by Fehn into a beautiful. There’s a specialist bookshop on architecture in the foyer.
Written 10 September 2018
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SmithyMJ
Saffron Walden, UK65 contributions
Museum of the worst examples of architectural design
Sep 2018 • Couples
The majority of the museum has examples of buildings built since the 1930s. It shows how the designs have changed with peoples' tastes and technological advancement. It's a shame that the buildings they have decided to show in this museum are generally examples you would consider an eye-sore or look like they have came from Soviet Russian. There are examples of beautiful architecture in Oslo but you will not find it in this museum. I would recommend visiting the Folk museum or walking around behind the palace to see some beautiful buildings instead of the modernist crap exemplified in this museum. The museum is free on Thursdays (I think I would have given a worse rating if I had paid to visit). Your visit should be less than an hour. The museum is open later than other attractions so can be visited at the end of the day.
Written 7 September 2018
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asdaSap
Bangkok, Thailand619 contributions
I could not understand a thing
Jun 2018 • Family
My 18 year old nephew insisted us in visiting this museum. There were 2 exhibition rooms which I could not understand the separation of the 2 exhibitions. This museum made me feel that architecture was far away from my understanding.
Written 12 August 2018
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flutefairy
Borough of Brentwood, UK424 contributions
Fine, if you are interested in architecture
Aug 2017 • Couples
This is a small museum that seems to be rather lacking in artefacts. There are some models, a few plans and instruments and a large, curious installation of felt panels - rather like a maze except one cannot get lost inside it. I daresay if I could read Norwegian it may have made sense and be interesting but as I do not speak the language I found it rather pointless.
Written 30 August 2017
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travelholicc
Singapore, Singapore122 contributions
For architecture fans
Jun 2017 • Couples
Will be interesting if you are a serious architecture fan. Tickets are at a pretty decent price of 50NOK that entitles entry to the contemporary art museum as well. Security guard at the atelier engages with us and talks to us about their local architects. Small place but worth your short time here if you are interested.
Written 26 June 2017
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National Museum - Architecture is open:
  • Tue - Tue 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wed - Wed 11:00 - 18:00
  • Thu - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
  • Fri - Fri 10:00 - 18:00
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 - 17:00