Munchmuseet – The Munch Museum

Munchmuseet – The Munch Museum

Edvard Munch was one of Modernism’s most significant artists. He was active throughout more than sixty years; from the time he made his debut in the 1880s, right up to his death in 1944. Munch was part of the Symbolist movement in the 1890s, and a pioneer of expressionist art from the beginning of the 1900s onward. His experimentation within painting, graphic art, drawing, sculpture, photo and film has given him a unique position in Norwegian as well as international art history.

The Munch Museum is located at Tøyengata 53, Oslo and is open every day from 10:00 to 16:00.  In the summer season from 11th May to 8th September the Museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00.  Please be aware that the museum is closed on the following dates in 2019: 1. January; 20. – 21. February; 1. May; 8. – 10. May; 17. May; 25.-27. September; 23. – 26. December and 31. December.
Tickets cost kr 120,- for adults; kr 60,- for students.  Oslo Pass and children under 18 years old are free.

At the museum there is a good selection of lunch dishes, sandwiches and cakes in Stockfleths kaffebar (the coffee shop).
The Museum shop has an excellent selection of Munch inspired products, posters and books.

The bus number 20 takes you to Munchmuseet.  There is paid parking outside the museum.
For more information about exhibitions please visit the Munch museet website  You can find the calendar in English by clicking to EN at the top right of the web page. 

Special exhibitions at the Munch Museum, please consult the web-site.

 

The new Munch Museum opens in 2020 in Bjørvika, Oslo.  Across 13 floors, visitors will be able to see more of Munch than ever before.  In fact this will be one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to a single artist.  The building is designed by the Spanish architecture firm Estudio Herreros. Building materials used to construct the museum, in particular concrete and steel, is environmentally friendly and can be recycled. The building’s exterior is covered in translucent, perforated aluminium.

Munch’s art is displayed in three permanent exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions show works by renowned Norwegian and international artists as well as innovative contemporary artists.

In addition to exploring the different exhibitions, you can attend concerts, literary readings and discussions, debates and other cultural events, or gather friends and family to enjoy fantastic meal and the spectacular view from the 13th floor. The museum also houses art workshops where you can experiment with different techniques and materials, and other fun activities where children and adults can create inspiring art experiences together.

Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice, Oslo

Magic Ice is found in four towns in Norway (and also in Anchorage, Alaska, Copenhagen, Denmark and Reykjavik, Iceland) The photos here were taken in Svolvær, in Lofoten in the North of Norway but the concept is much the same at each location.  On entry you are given a warm robe and gloves as the temperature is several degrees below zero Celsius.  Then a drink at the Ice Bar and afterwards you have fun wandering round the ice-blue rooms filled with ice statues.
The Oslo Magic Ice is right in the centre of Oslo.

Opening times:
Monday – Thursday and Sunday from 11:00 to 23:00
Friday and Saturday till midnight.

Admission price is NOK 195,- which includes a welcome drink served in an ice glass and a winter poncho to wear in the exhibition hall. Children pay 50% and there are discounted prices for families and students

Blaafarveværket (The Cobalt works) and the Haugfoss waterfalls

Blaafarveværket (The Cobalt works) and the Haugfoss waterfalls

The cobalt ore from the mines 8 km further up the hills was brought down to the Haugfoss waterfalls where it was processed using the power from the big 6 meter water wheel.  Today the Blaafarveværket site is a beautiful natural museum about the making of cobalt used for fine china many years ago.  We recommend that you set aside some time here as it is very worthwhile to stroll along the Culture Path of a little over a kilometer.  You begin at the car park , walk up to the delightful Thranestua café (where the waffles are delicious!), cross above the waterfall and then down to the huge waterwheel and further to the lake side.  Here you can take the pulley float across the Simoa lake back to the Cobalt works centre.  You might also be interested in visiting the annual art exhibition.   Those who are energetic might enjoy renting a bicycle to visit the fascinating Cobalt mines, 8 kilometers further up in the hills,  or to explore more of this district.

You will find lots of more information about the museums, parks and mines on the Blaafarveværket website

Above are pictures of the pulley-float on Simoa lake, waffles at Thranestua cafe, a view of the museum buildings and one of the water wheel and waterfalls.  These pictures were taken in July after weeks of dry weather.  After rain, the waterfalls can be really dramatic!

Some of the beautiful cobalt blue articles in the shop are quite pricey but there are also lovely little items too so you will be sure to find something to remind you of your visit!

Haugfoss waterfall after a week of rain – Viewed from the path from Thranestua cafe to museum buildings on 5th September 2015.

Ice-cream in Vollen

Ice-cream in Vollen

Especially in the summer season, there are lots of places where you can enjoy some delicious Norwegian ice-cream in Vollen village. Here are some we recommend:

In the picture below, Sofie is enjoying a BIG soft ice from Vollen Marina sports shop.  This is the store where you can buy sailing equipment, clothes, hats and lots more good quality articles for summer sports.

Of course there is an assortment of delicious ice cream desserts at Vito’s Restaurant just behind her in the picture.  Vito’s is open from April to late autumn and is the place to buy take-away pizza and other Italian meals, or have a meal or drink inside or out while watching boating life.

The closest place to buy ice-cream when you are down at the beach in Vollen, is in the Fjord Museum. On your way up or down from the beach, you might like to enjoy a delicious ice-cream in the Greek restaurant, Elea, just across the street from the supermarket.  However it is cheapest to buy ice-cream in REMA 1000 supermarked – look for special offers of boxes of six.

Café Oscar in the village centre, sells ice-creams as well as lots of wonderful cakes and bakes. The soft-ice machine has an exciting strawberry soft-ice as well as the usual vanilla!  Below Liam is enjoying some soft-ice in March… looks as if he’s enjoying it!

Hunderfossen Family Park with lots of trolls!

Hunderfossen Family Park with lots of trolls!

For those traveling north from Oslo, the Hunderfoss Family Park, about 3 hours by car from Vollen, at Lillehammer, is just great for children, big and small.  There are dozens of great activities for each age group but perhaps this park is most famous for the big Fairytale cave where children and adults can enjoy reliving some of the most famous fairytales, involving princesses, kings, princes and TROLLS!

You will find lots of information about the park throughout the year and also about the Hunderfossen Snowhotell on the Hunderfossen website

Kardemomme Town in the Zoo park near Kristiansand

Kardemomme Town in the Zoo park near Kristiansand

Kristiansand is too far for a day trip from Vollen but if you are driving the coast road to Stavanger, and have small children, this is a fun destination.  A few kilometers outside the city of Kristiansand, there is a Zoological park which is very well worth a visit. However this park is also famous for its replica of Kardemomme town. Kardemomme By is one of the most loved children’s story books in Norway.  It’s full title in English is “When the robbers came to Cardamom Town” and it would be hard to find a child here who could not sing some of the songs in the story.  The main theme is “You should not bother others, you should be nice and kind, and otherwise you may do as you like.”
But this is a story with lots of fun, laughter and drama – including a lion, a midnight raid of the town angry woman, a fire and a town party.  During the summer you can visit the houses, meet the characters and even join in a tram ride or watch a theatre play of the story.

You will find lots of information about the Kardemomme town and the zoo park on the website