The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design opens in Oslo on 11 June 2022

Norway’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design has announced its opening date, 11 June 2022. Already this summer, visitors can enter the building for early guided tours. Organised, pre-booked and free guided tours will begin as soon as local restrictions on the corona virus are lifted. They will give visitors access to selected parts of the interior, including the exhibition spaces and the exterior of the brand new building designed by Kleihues + Schuwerk.

The new National Museum provides Norway with a unique space for the country’s most extensive collection of art, architecture and design. More than 5000 works, from antiquity to the museum’s latest contemporary acquisitions, will be on display in a collection exhibition that spans two floors and nearly 90 rooms. The building also includes a spectacular space for temporary exhibitions – the rooftop Light Hall – as well as a large open-air roof terrace, cafés, a shop and the largest art library in the Nordic region. Located on Oslo’s harbour near the promenade, the museum offers spectacular views of the city.

Designed with the perspective of housing artworks for centuries, the museum is built with high-quality and robust materials, such as oak, bronze and marble, which will age gracefully. The entire façade is clad in Norwegian slate. As a FutureBuilt pilot project, the new museum is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% compared to current building standards.

For the opening, the Light Hall will be filled with an extensive survey of new Norwegian contemporary art, including nearly 150 artists and artist groups of all ages and covering all areas of the museum. The full programme for the opening year will be presented later this year.


Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland