National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
in Oslo, Norway, since 2003 administratively a part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design



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National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
in Oslo, Norway, since 2003 administratively a part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
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The Norwegian National Museum just can't give up a nomadic lifestyle.

The Norwegian parliament created a national gallery in 1837 to show off Norwegian art alongside the art of heavyweight artistic cultures like France, England, and Italy. Norway had just gotten its modern European country thing on a few decades prior and the country's leaders figured one surefire path to legit diplomatic street cred was by showing that Norway's artists were just as good (if not better) than the best of the best from the rest of the continent. While a fine enough idea in itself, the museum's burgeoning collection lacked a pretty basic requirement: A permanent home.

It took until 1880 for the museum to move into its current space in Oslo. And now, the museum may be on the move again. Everyone with an opinion worth listening to agrees the National Gallery needs a bigger home for its kick ass collection, the largest public assemblage of 19th century and modern works in Norway. Since teaming up with Oslo's other heavy hitting museums to effectively unionize as the National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, one proposed solution for the space issue was for all the museums involved to move in together under one massive roof. Forming a mega-museum to get the people their art and design kicks in one convenient spot. Of course, that would mean the National Gallery would move out of its current spot. As such, the proposal's sparked a decent backlash among traditionalists who don't see anything wrong with ponying up some cash to renovate the collection's current digs. The government ultimately made a very firm, definitive commitment to postpone a final decision until 2020.

In addition to one fine assemblage of Munch's (terrifyingly) majestic oeuvre, the museum offers a sweet complement of amenities any museum aficionado will appreciate. There's a dedicated study and research area where patrons can get set up with a personal viewing of artwork not currently on view. More importantly, the museum's cafe serves up good grub with a Parisian ambiance making your kroner go the extra mile in the museum experience department. The walls are decked out with plaster copies of statues direct from the Louvre's casting workshop from its own back catalogue. The busts in the windows feature spectacular likenesses of such luminaries as Pierre Mignard, Marie Antoinette, and Le Grand Conde. 

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Here is what Wikipedia says about National Gallery (Norway)

The National Gallery (Norwegian: Nasjonalgalleriet) is a gallery in Oslo, Norway. Since 2003 it is administratively a part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

In 2017 admission cost 100 Norwegian kroner.


It was established in 1842 following a parliamentary decision from 1836. Originally located in the Royal Palace, Oslo, it got its own museum building in 1882, designed by Heinrich Ernst and Adolf Schirmer. Former names of the museum include Den norske stats sentralmuseum for billedkunst and from 1903 to 1920 Statens Kunstmuseum. Directors include Jens Thiis (1908–1941), Sigurd Willoch (1946–1973), Knut Berg (1975–1995), Tone Skedsmo (1995–2000) and Anniken Thue (2001–2003).

That the gallery had erroneously been labeled as technically unfit for paintings was reported in 2013. (A previous study—about the museums—tåleevne) had never concluded about the fitness level, and Norway's parliament had been misinformed about conclusions that in reality did not exist. )

In 2016 the price for admission doubled overnight.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about National Gallery (Norway).