Culture on display: Exploring Norway’s museums

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The Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. Photo: Nic Lehoux.

Today is the International Museum Day which celebrates the cultural importance of museums worldwide. Norway has several world-class museums that are worth visiting: Let’s take a look at some of them!

In Oslo, you find some of Europe’s most renowned art museums. The Astrup Fearnley Museum is among northern Europe’s most significant museums for modern and contemporary art showcasing individual, groundbreaking work by artists from all over the world – including India.

The  Munch Museum features the world largest collection of the work of Edvard Munch. This year, the new exhibition “Andy Warhol – After Munch”, opens 26th of May, exploring the influence that Munch had on Andy Warhol’s pop art. The Munch Museum has broken attendance records with its groundbreaking exhibitions that recontextualizes Edvard Munch’s work with other renowned artists.

There are other world-known museums in Norway that are located outside the capital. Among them is KODE in Bergen, which has an extensive collection of artwork from Norwegian and international artists such as Munch, Nikolai Astrup and Pablo Picasso. While in Bergen, you might also want to visit the Hanseatic Museum, which is one of the oldest buildings in Bergen. The museum shows the life and work of the German merchants from the Hanseatic League, who characterized the city between 1350 to 1750.

In addition to these, other museums are worth a visit, such as the Polar Museum in Tromsø, as well as the Kon-Tiki and the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo.

This year’s International Museum Day theme is “Hyperconnected museums: New approaches, new publics”. The objective of the day is to raise awareness of the museums’ “[…] important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples”. The International Museum Day is coordinated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Last year, more than 36,000 museums participated in the event in 157 countries.