Second major Norway museum announces delay to opening

Norway’s Munch Museum and National Museum have both announced delays to their scheduled opening dates.

Second major Norway museum announces delay to opening
The new Munch Museum. Photo: Marie Peyre

The opening of the new Munch Museum has been postponed until the autumn, Norwegian media including Dagbladet and Aftenposten reported earlier this week.

A new opening date for the museum in Oslo’s Bjørvika neighbourhood has not been confirmed.

“Due to delays, we have not been able to properly test the air conditioner. We must therefore postpone, communications director Gitte Skilbred told Dagbladet.

The handover of the building from a contractor to the constructor has been delayed due to incomplete delivery of fire and security doors as well insufficient performance and unsatisfactory operation of the building’s climate systems, the newspaper writes.

The new Munch museum has already been the subject of criticism over its design. Architecture editor Gaute Brochmann, in comments to Dagbladet, has likened it to a “threatening black shadow, a coal-grey block looming over the Opera”.

While the new museum is delayed, the Munch Museum in the Tøyen area of Oslo will remain open throughout the summer.

The announcement is the second delay to a major new Oslo museum in recent months.

In November, the National Museum in Oslo announced a delay to its scheduled re-opening until spring 2021.

The six-month postponement was due to two critical deliveries being themselves delayed, NTB reported last year.

The National Gallery in Oslo closed temporarily in January 2019 in order to serve as storage until collections can be moved to the new National Museum, initially scheduled for the autumn of this year.

The delays were caused by late completion of technical facilities and mandatory security doors, NTB reported.

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Have Oslo’s new electric scooter rules reduced accidents?

New rules were brought in to combat the sharp rise in accidents and injuries involving electric scooters in Oslo. But, one month later, have the new regulations done the job?  

Have new rules had an impact on the number of accidents involving scooters in Oslo. Pictured it two e-scooters parked outside a

New rules brought in to cut down on the number of e-scooter accidents in Norway’s capital appear to have had the desired effect as incidents were more halved in September, when the rules were introduced, compared to the month before. 

This is according to figures from Oslo University Hospital’s (OUS) emergency department that have been obtained by newspaper Aftenposten

The Emergency Medical Service in Oslo registered 143 injuries in connection with electric scooters in September. In August, the month before measures were brought in, there were 301 injuries.’

Compared to the peak of accidents in June, where 436 injuries were recorded, incidents are down by almost two-thirds. 

“We are very happy. This is what we hoped for,” Henrik Siverts, chief physician at OUS’s emergency department, told the newspaper Aftenposten

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Among the new stricter rules introduced for rental scooters, which included significantly cutting the number of devices in the city, was a curfew that prevented people from using them between 11pm and 5am. 

Siverts said that the curfew had a dramatic effect in reducing accidents at night. 

“Unsurprisingly, accidents have gone down at night time. What injuries we do get at night are probably people who privately own their scooters. But accidents have also gone down during the day, too,” he explained.  

Just eight injuries were recorded in September at night, compared to just under 100 in August. 

Over the summer, a surge in accidents meant accident and emergency departments in Oslo were forced to have more staff on during weekends. Still, as a result of the reduction in scooter accidents, staffing has now returned to normal. 

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