The idea that the National Gallery of Norway is some kind of local secret is obviously absurd. A centerpiece of Oslo’s museum scene, this gallery is probably mentioned in just about every city guide and tourbook. Despite all of that, I feel that there are several reasons to include it here. For full disclosure, I should say that the gallery is the site of much of my PhD research. This makes me a little biased but also means that I’ve spent quite a few hours and days here over the past couple of years.
If the newly painted front door doesn’t give it away (See Image) – the work of Edvard Munch, including ‘The Scream’, is the main attraction. The “Munch Room,” is a special place, and you definitely check it out. However, there are plenty of other interesting discoveries to be had. For example, just one room over and in plain view of ‘The Scream’ is a small statue by Gustav Vigeland (yes – of the Vigeland sculpture park fame) that depicts a very similar expression but was actually completed prior to Munch’s iconic work. I recommend that you seek out some of these interesting relationships as well as some of the more well known works by artists like Van Gogh, Monet, Picaso and others. The museum is a pretty manageable size, as the permanent collection sits only on the 2nd floor.
On Sundays, entrance is free which should give you a little more to spend in the beautiful cafe downstairs.