Have you ever been to Oslo, Norway? I have and it’s a beautiful city. It has so much to offer that you could spend months there and still not see everything.

Keep on reading for my personal favorite museum in Oslo!

Museums in Oslo
Vigelandsparken – Free Open-air museum in Oslo

Museums in Oslo can be found everywhere

If you want to check out museums in Oslo, check out our guide site here. However, if you plan to visit some museums, you should plan in the early morning, because most museums are only open between 10.00 (10 am) and 16.00 (4 pm) (until 18.00 (6 pm) in the summer). If you only have time to visit one museum, you should visit The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norwegian Folk Museum) in Bygdøy. It has an Open-Air Museum with 160 historic buildings.  It covers all the Norwegian folk costumes, folk art, church art, and Sami culture. This museum is very popular and is ranked as activity #6 of 390 on Tripadvisor.

Not far from the Folk museum, you will also find the Viking Ship Museum, Kontiki, and the Fram Museum. If you are interested in explorers, you should check out the museum about the explorer Thor Heyerdahl who is famous for his Kon-tiki expedition. Heyerdahl sailed more than 8000 kilometers across the Pacific Ocean in a handmade float from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The Kontiki museum is not big but is very interesting, well worth visiting.

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Vigelandsparken (Frognerparken), the world’s largest sculpture park

One of the most popular attractions is Vigeland Sculpture Park which houses over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland. This park is definitely worth checking out if you are in Oslo! Read on for more tips on what to do in this wonderful city.

You should go check it out while you are here because it’s such an amazing sight! The park itself is huge and full of life with people walking around enjoying the beautiful weather or just sitting down relaxing after a long day at work. There are also many cafes nearby where you can grab some food or coffee before heading back into the city center again for your next adventure!

This is the number one attraction in Oslo. Vigelandsparken (Frognerparken) is the best park in Oslo. It belongs to your bucket list – no matter if you’re a Norwegian or not. If you have 2 hours in Oslo, just go to this park.

The world’s biggest sculpture park was created by one and only artist. You will be amazed by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943). The park is open 24/7. They have also some lights so you can see most of the sculptures also in the darkness. You will find more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite, and wrought iron. Vigeland himself has been the architect of the 320.000 meters big 2 parks. The park was finished in 1949.

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The park is divided into 5 units: The Main Portal, The Bridge with a kids area,  Fontain, Monolith, and Wheel of Life.

The most popular sculpture is the smallest one: Sinnataggen (The angry boy), only 83 cm tall.  It is Vigeland’s most famous sculpture and many people want to grab his hand. Through the years this sculpture has been stolen but has been found afterward.

At the highest point of Vigeland Park, the 17-meter tall Monolith, which consists of 121 figures, is cut out of a single granite block – hence the name. It took 3 sculptors  14 years to build the Monolith! Humans are sucked upwards toward the sky. Here we see vigil and mastery of despair, but also hope. Absolutely recommended seeing.

Where is The Sculpture Park located? Vigelandsparken is a part of Frognerparken. It is a beautiful park which also contains Frognerbadet (Open-Air Public Bath /swimming pool), Frogner stadiontennis courts, and some kiosks.

How to get there: Take tram Line 12 from Jernbanetorget to Vigelandsparken. The trip takes 15 minutes and the tram stops just outside of the park.

Besides the park, there is also a museum of Vigeland, where you have to pay to enter. We think that the park is much more important to visit than the museum, but if you want more insight about Vigeland you could consider doing that as well. You can check out more info on the Vigeland Museum’s Website.

How to go get to Vigelandsparken

Check out this map below, showing how big Vigelandsparken actually is

The easiest way to get to Vigelandsparken (Frognerparken) is to take tram line 12 or bus line 20 to Vigelandsparken station. However, if it is possible to walk from Majorstuen metro station where all of the metro lines in Oslo stop at. There is no fee for entering the park and if it is summer. Many Norwegians do sit on the grass relaxing and grilling hot dogs and other types of food.