Oslo is a diverse City where you can see a mixture of architectural styles and a wide range of fascinating museums, and the City is home to Frogner Park with the famous Vigeland installation.
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Here are some suggestions for places to visit in the City.
The Royal Palace
This Palace is the official residence of the King of Norway, and was built in the 19th century in Neo-Classical style. You can have a guided tour around the Palace and see the splendid reception rooms including the Banqueting Hall, Council Chamber, the Great Hall and the Bird Room. You can also explore the Palace Park which includes the Queen’s Park, and enjoy the open green space, trees and picturesque ponds.
Viking Ship Museum
At this Museum visitors can see several original Viking Ships, including the very well preserved 9th century Oseberg ship that was used for the burial of two women, along with items including personal belongings as well as animals. The oak ship is richly decorated with carvings and has beautiful tapestries. There is also the 9th century restored Gokstad ship used for the burial of a man who died in battle, along with items including shields along with animals and several small ships.
This Museum houses a varied range of interesting exhibits including those from Norwegian Antiquity from the Stone Age to the Viking Age, along with ethnographic collections with displays about cultures that include Arctic and South American peoples. Other exhibits include medieval Norwegian objects such as religious art works and stave church portals, and a collection of Egyptian mummy cases.
This impressive Castle was built by King Haakon V in the late 13th century, with an eventful history of sieges and has also served as a prison. The Royal Mausoleum situated at the Fortress contains a number of Royal tombs. You can visit the Fortress and learn about the history of the building and see several Museums that are situated here, including Norway’s Resistance Museum, with interesting artefacts relating to the Second World War resistance in Norway.
The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
This is a large open air Museum consisting of many recreated buildings ranging from the 16th century onwards that portray various parts of the Country during a range of time periods. You can learn all about life in Norway over the last several hundred years and includes a 1950’s farm with a number of farmyard animals, along with an indoor exhibition with displays including the culture of the Sami people, along with costumes and art.
The National Gallery
You can see a varied collection of artworks at this Gallery, with both national and international works. Among the works visitors can see are those by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, including ‘The Scream’. Other artists featured in the Gallery include Lucas Cranach the Elder, van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Picasso.
This is a lovely park which is very popular with locals and visitors alike, with many interesting features. In the Park you can see the renowned Vigeland installation, a large series of sculptures made by Gustav Vigeland in the first half of the 20th century. There are over two hundred sculptures made of bronze, granite and iron, and includes the massive monolith sculpture as well as an impressive fountain. You can also see Frogner Manor which is home to Oslo City Museum, and other features of the Park include a large pond and a pavilion.
The Natural History Museum
At the Natural History Museum you can see the beautiful Botanical Garden and the Zoological Museum. In the Botanical Garden there are many lovely features to enjoy including willow sculptures, a rock garden with alpine plants and a waterfall, Herb Garden, Aromatic Garden and Arboretum as well as Greenhouses which include Mediterranean and Desert Rooms. In the Zoological Museum you can see a number of interesting displays including animals set in various Norwegian habitats, along with a display of animals from around the world.
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