Artistic Oslo: A Gallery of Public Art

Did you know that Oslo is decorated in art? Why? Our Artistic Oslo: A Gallery of Public Art uncovers Norway’s unique art history while strolling through the city centre. Together we’ll discover why and what is on display.

The story about the tour

Take a stroll down the beautiful inner-city streets of Oslo. What do you see? Clean streets? Yes, but there is something more. The Norwegian capital is brimming with public art and the largest cultural centre in the Nordic region – the monumental new National Museum – is set to open its doors in 2020. If you enjoy art in public spaces, our Artistic Oslo: A Gallery of Public Art Private Walking Tour is the perfect tour for you.

Walking through downtown Oslo with your private guide, gain fascinating insights into the unique art history of Norway. Discover a great selection of public art in and around the city centre, from the Oslo City Hall, where many artists created works that defined a breakthrough in their artistic careers, to the sculptures around the National Theatre and the Norwegian Parliament. 

But why is there so much public art in Oslo? Good question! To understand why, we’ll look at the connections between the historical, economic and social changes (Norway became officially independent in 1905), and the historical developments of art in Norway, in the last 300 years. By the end of the tour, you’ll notice that Oslo is decorated in art, like one giant, public, open-air art exhibition and gallery, complete with a vast array of public memorials, sculptures, and reliefs waiting to be discovered!

Have we left you wanting more? For those with a keen interest in contemporary sculpture, book the extended version of this tour (+ 1 hour). Join us on a venture to discover more about public art patronage in modern-day Oslo, the incredible works in Ekeberg Park and see some fantastic views over the city!

Please note: Due to a large number of events, partial or full closure of the City Hall can take place.

Tour includes: Private Guide

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    • Prebooking:Required
    • Length: 2h 0m
    • Distance: 1 km
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    Where to meet

    Please be at the departure point, Nobel Peace Center, outside the entrance – located at Brynjulf Bulls plass 1, 10 minutes early to check-in for your tour.Look for our guide holding the OURWAY logo as a sign.
 If you have trouble locating the guide or the meeting point, please give us a call a few minutes before the start of the tour. When you call before the tour begins, we have a greater chance of helping you find your way.Norway is a country with four seasons. Please dress accordingly. Please note: Due to a large number of events, partial or full closure of the City Hall can take place.

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    head quarter: +46 8 410 773 30