Historic home finally gets some help

The elaborate and historic home of Norway’s famed violinist Ole Bull has been suffering from a lack of serious maintenance for years. Finally, after desperate pleas for renovation from contemporary violinist Arve Tellefsen among others, the government has come up with some funding to keep Bull’s villa from literally falling apart. “Ole Bull is one […]

Munch Museum opening delayed again

Norway’s new Munch Museum on Oslo’s eastern waterfront won’t open until sometime in the spring of 2021. Delays tied to the delivery of fire- and security doors, along with the Corona crisis, have forced the museum’s second postponement of grand opening ceremonies. “We understand that this is disappointing for many, also for us,” said museum […]

‘Let’s Twist again,’ like this summer

They’ve been lining up all summer, just to get inside Norway’s newest spectacular attraction: “The Twist” gallery at the Kistefos sculpture park for contemporary art. It’s a triumph for the park’s founder and patron Christen Sveaas, who has steadfastly invested millions to preserve a personal legacy and delight the public. Last Thursday was typical in […]

Museum acquires Thor Heyerdahl photos

The Kon-Tiki Museum in Oslo, dedicated to the life and work of Norwegian researcher and explorer Thor Heyerdahl, has taken over a huge collection of photos taken of Heyerdahl over a 25-year period. The photos offer unique insight into one the most internationally famous Norwegians. The nearly 5,000 photos were taken by Italian portrait photographer […]

Munch Museum’s opening postponed

Oslo’s new Munch Museum has long promoted a planned opening in early June this year, but now that’s been postponed. Officials at the City of Oslo, which officially owns the museum and its priceless collection of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch’s art, announced Monday that the museum won’t open until sometime this autumn. They blame delayed deliverance of […]

National Museum opening delayed

Norway’s new National Museum, still under construction on Oslo’s western waterfront won’t open next year after all. Delays in delivery of some critical “technical equipment” have forced museum officials to postpone the opening until some time during the spring of 2021. They’ve already been under criticism for closing the National Gallery portion of the museum […]

Bjørvika battle put on ice, for now

Oslo’s new city government wants to rezone the last remaining waterfront property at Bjørvika known as Sukkerbiten, to spare it from more building and keep it open to the public as a park. It marks a major, if conditional, victory for activists who strongly oppose plans to erect yet another “landmark” building in the area […]

Oslo Culture Night celebrates 15th anniversary

It’s the only night of the year when residents can gain access to special and historic buildings, enjoy museums that stay open late or take part in lots of special events from walking tours to street festivals. Oslo Kulturnatt (Oslo Culture Night) is also celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and it’s all free. Kulturnatt […]

State finally funds Viking ship repairs

Leaders of the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo could finally heave a sigh of relief on Monday, when government officials signaled release of NOK 35 million in funding for a new museum. Government ministers were also claiming that preservation of the ancient vessels housed there has always been a priority, despite dire warnings that Norway’s […]

Vintage vessel gets new berth in Bodø

PHOTO FEATURE: After decades of battling the elements outdoors, Norway’s  last surviving vessel from a vital part of its maritime history has finally won a new and much more worthy berth in the northern city of Bodø. Visitors can now experience the vessel, known as a jekt, from all angles inside a brand new museum […]