The National Gallery

Founded in 1837, the National Gallery houses Norway's largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures. In its permanent and temporary exhibitions, the museum presents older art, with principal emphasis on art from Norway.

The Scream, Madonna, The Sick Child, and The Dance of Life are but some of the highlights of the museum’s ample collection of works by Edvard Munch. Important works by other leading Norwegian artists, such as J.C. Dahl and Thomas Fearnley, are also presented. Other highlights include Tidemand and Gude’s national-romantic masterpiece Bridal Procession on the Hardangerfjord as well as the perhaps most important work of Norwegian neo-romanticism, Harald Sohlberg’s Winter Night in the Mountains. Christian Krohg is well represented in the exhibition as well, with key works such as the poignant Albertine to See the Police Surgeon.

International art works

Foreign works of art will include Greco-Roman sculptures and several paintings by the German artist Lucas Cranach. The Penitent Mary Magdalene by the female Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi will be one of the featured highlights from the Baroque era.


Outside the National Gallery, in Universitetsgata, you can see several sculptures:

  • Rolf Lunde: Tårnpeter, 1927
  • Georg Kolbe: Pietá, 1930–32
  • Gustav Vigeland: Mann med kvinne i fanget, 1905–07
  • Stephan Sinding: Vølund smed, 1873

In Kristian IVs gate, you can see: Skule Waksviks Sjøløve, 1957–58

 Address: Universitetsgata 13, Oslo

All buses and trams to Nationaltheatret and Tullinløkka

 Opening hours




There is a set of stairs leading to the main entrance, but there is a separate, adapted entrance by the stairs. For more information, see