Illustration: MIR AS, Kleihues + Schuwerk, Statsbygg

An open museum

The foyer of the new Museum will be open and spacious, with information desks, a museum shop, an auditorium seating 174 and a restaurant.

There will be sufficient space for visiting school classes, tourists and other larger groups. This is a major improvement compared to the existing museum buildings, which are hampered by narrow and impractical reception areas. 

The museum’s permanent collections will be exhibited on the ground and first floors; design and decorative arts on the lower level, and above, the visual arts from antiquity to the present. The visitor will be able to access the large library as well as the roof terrace from here. The terrace will provide stunning views towards the square in front of the City Hall, the harbour and the fjord.

The Exhibition Hall

On the second floor, the visitor will enter the magnificent Exhibition Hall, the space for temporary exhibitions. The Exhibition Hall is a key element in the new museum’s architecture. With its ceiling height of approximately seven metres and filtered light, it will provide a unique sense of space. The Exhibition Hall will be able to accommodate exhibitions on a scale which was impossible in the previous buildings.