Opened in 2011, the PopCenter (a literal translation) aims at offering a history of the Norwegian musical scene, from its first recording until recent famous artists we maybe have all heard of. The history lesson is combined with a fun and interactive musical experience. Plus, various exhibitions would be held in the building and they are listed on their website.
The visit is a cursive one for the first part as you start walking the corridors whose walls are decorated with photo frames, each showing some information (in the form of motion pictures) about a certain year, period or event that has set a milestone in its own time. Due to the fact that they use videos instead of just photos, it almost manages to give off a Harry Potter vibe. And in between the bunch of information you can admire all sort of old devices used back in the days to create, record or reproduce sounds and music.
Once the history lesson is done, the fun begins. You have two floors offering genuine musical experiences, with studio rooms in which you can record yourself singing or playing drums, a bunch of interactive boards with information on artists and musical locations, a dressing room where you can have photos taken and turn them into album covers. Plus funky seats to rest on or a room where you can draw your favorite song.
It’s all a true and fun journey into the history of Norwegian music, with interesting items in the giftshop.