Today I visited the new Munch Museum for the first time. The old museum in the Tøyen district, right by the Botanical Garden, should be known to many Oslo visitors.
The new museum just leaves you speechless. It is difficult to describe how many works of art and other objects from the life of Edvard Munch can be seen here.
Edvard Munch’s legacy to the city of Oslo included around 1,100 paintings, 15,500 graphic sheets of 700 motifs, 4,700 drawings and six sculptures. There were also almost 500 printing plates, 2,240 books, notebooks, documents, photographs, tools, props and furniture.
The museum currently owns more than half of his paintings, all of his graphic motifs and all existing printing plates.
The museum is located in the Bjørvika district, right next to the Opera House and the Nye Deichmanske Library. The works of Munch and many other modern artists are exhibited on a total of 11 floors, not all of which are open to the public. Both a restaurant and a sky bar are located on the 12th and 13th floors.
Practical: There are free lockers in the entrance area behind the ticket control. Here you can lock your personal belongings. If, like me, you come in the middle of winter, you don’t need warm clothes inside, because after all, all rooms are fully air-conditioned (to protect the precious paintings).
Further information can be found on the homepage of the Munch Museum
(So far only in Norwegian and English)
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