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Everything you need to know about Norway's new national museum

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Everything you need to know about Norway's new national museum
Here's what you need to know about the country's new national museum. File Photo: Employees hang the painting 'The Scream' of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) onto a wall for the 'Munch: Van Gogh' exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Photo by BAS CZERWINSKI / ANP / AFP

The new National Museum of Norway, the largest of its kind in the Nordics, will open its doors to the public today. Here is everything you need to know. 


Eight years in the making, Norway's new national museum will be open to the masses for the first time on Saturday June 11th. 

The new state-owned museum will house the collections of Norway's National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Decorative Arts, all under one roof. 

Around 5,000 works from the museum's 400,000-piece collection will be spread across two floors and more than 80 galleries. 

Norway's new national museum joins the recently completed Munch Museum and Deichman Bjørvika as new centres for art, culture and architecture in Oslo's city centre. 

READ ALSO: Oslo’s long-awaited Munch Museum opens to public


What will the museum have on display?

For starters, Edvard Munch's most iconic masterpiece, The Scream, will be back on public display, but the works in the museum are broad in scope covering everything from Chinese imperial porcelain to pieces by household names such as Van Gogh and Picasso. 

Fashion throughout the ages and the latest in contemporary arts, design and crafts will also be featured in the museum's halls. 

Visitors will find visual arts dating from the 15th century to today on the second floor. Dutch and Flemish landscape paintings and the works of Johan Christian Dahl will be on display. 

The museum will have several themed rooms, such as the Munch Room or Fairytale Room. Below you can see a video of a sneak preview of the Fairytale Room. 

Also, part of the museum will be the Light Hall. The hall is the building's main architectural feature and is an exhibition venue never before seen in Norway, according to the museum.

Where is the museum?  

The museum is located in the Aker Brygge area, a stone's throw from the waterfront. If you have been in the area over the past few years, there is no doubt you will have seen the large grey museum building when getting off the tram. 

If you are visiting Oslo, then Aker Brygge is located very centrally and is easily accessible by public transport. You can take the line 12 tram to just outside the museum. 

Alternatively, if you are near the city's central station, it is a relatively simple 15-minute walk, which would take you up Oslo's most famous street, past the country's parliament and give you views of the Royal Palace. 

Busses 32, 54 and 81 can be taken to Dokkveien, while the 30 and 31 can be taken to the National Theatre. From both of these stops, you can then walk to the museum. 


How much will tickets cost? 

Admission for adults will be 180 kroner, while kids under 18 go free. There are also discount offers for young people, seniors and large groups. 

Those over 67 will pay 110 kroner for admittance, while young people between 18 and 25 will pay the same price. 

For large groups of young people, tickets are 80 kroner, while groups of older adults will pay 120 kroner for entrance. 

Currently, it looks like the museum will be open between 10am and 9pm seven days a week

Opening weekend tickets sold out

Unfortunately, if you don't already have a ticket for the opening weekend, which were free, you will not be able to visit the museum until after its grand opening. 

However, if you don't want to miss out on the festivities, you can watch a live stream of the opening ceremony here.

Speeches, live music and performances and a ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the museum's first day of being open to the public. No events are planned for Sunday, however.


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