The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art shows temporary exhibitions of both loaned works and works from its own collections. Starting in autumn 2017 the Museum of Contemporary Art will be starting its transition towards the new National Museum. The Final opening day is 3 September 2017.

The last day the Museum of Contemporary Art will be open to the public is Sunday 3 September 2017. Between then and the opening of the new National Museum in 2020, contemporary art will be displayed in temporary exhibitions at the National Gallery and Mellomstasjonen - the information centre for the new museum.

The entire museum collection must first be documented, reviewed for conservation and packed before being made available to the public. The new museum will include the first-ever permanent display of contemporary art, extending over a total area of 2 300 m2, in addition to temporary exhibitions. Visitors will be able view contemporary art in completely new contexts, juxtaposed with older art, design and architecture.

Read more about the collection's move to the new National Museum here.

The collection

The National Museum’s collection of contemporary art comprises some 5 000 works by Norwegian and international artists from 1945 to today. The collection contains a wide range of genres and forms of expression: painting, graphic art, drawing, photography, sculpture, objects, installation and video-art.

The museum opened its doors to the public in 1990 in the former headquarters of Norges Bank at Bankplassen in central Oslo. This beautiful Art Nouveau-inspired building in Norwegian granite and marble, designed by architect Magnus Olsen Hjorth (1862–1927), was completed in 1906. The museum has an exhibition area of approximately 2 000 m2 over two floors, with the main gallery located in the large bank hall on the ground floor. In 2003, the museum became an integral part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Permanent installations

Visitors can also see various other permanent installations including Per Inge Bjørlo’s Inner Space V. The Goal and gallery rooms dedicated to Louise Bourgeois

Among the museum’s permanent exhibitions, two gallery rooms are dedicated to one of the most highly respected artists of our time, French-American Louise Bourgeois (1911–2010). She drew inspiration from almost all of the avant-garde movements of the twentieth century, but maintained a genuine personal style in her unflinching exploration of sweeping psychoanalytical topics such as family relations, sexuality and human emotions such as anxiety, jealousy, loneliness and grief.

The Garbage Man

Ilya Kabkov’s installation, The Garbage Man: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (1988–1995), will be incorporated into the new National Museum. However, this will require that it is carefully dismantled and packed by the museum’s curators. The last chance to experience The Garbage Man at the Museum of Contemporary Art was Sunday 23 April.

 Address: Bankplassen 4, Oslo

Trams: 12, 13, 19 to Kongens gate
Metro: Stortinget station. All lines stop here
Bus: 60 to Bankplassen, 30, 31 to Kongens gate, 32 to Dronningens gate

 Opening hours


Open 11.00–20.00 Tuesday 29 August to Sunday 3 September.



The main entrance has steps and signage directing to the side entrance around the corner. The side entrance is step-free with entrance control. For more information, see

Contemporary art on the move

The process of moving the National Museum’s collection of contemporary art to the new museum has begun. The last day the Museum of Contemporary Art will be open to the public is Sunday 3 September 2017.

The photo exhibition, “Snap”, and the vibrant presentation, “Hot Pocket” by Tori Wrånes, are rounding off the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 27 years of exhibition activity. Visitors are invited to come and experience the performances, installations, guided tours, concerts and much more from the museum exhibitions before the doors close for good on 4 September. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take an art break at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Contemporary art in the new National Museum

The collection of contemporary art comprises over 5 000 works: painting, sculpture, photographs, video-art and installations created by primarily Norwegian artists, including Anna-Eva Bergman, Leonard Rickhard, Bjarne Melgaard and Marianne Heske. The collection also includes works from international artists such as Mario Merz, Cindy Sherman, Ilya Kabakov, Louise Bourgeois and Isaac Julien.

Much of this collection will be displayed at the new National Museum. For the first time, contemporary art will be part of a collective exhibition along with design, decorative arts and early artworks, making it the largest, most important permanent exhibit of contemporary art in Norway.

The bright, expansive exhibition hall on the museum’s top floor will feature temporary exhibitions extending across nearly 3 000 m2.

What will happen to the art collections?

In addition to its exhibition-related activity, the National Museum is working on relocating collections from the existing museum buildings. Numerous works need to be carefully assessed, photographed and reviewed for conservation before they can be packed, moved into storage and subsequently transported to the new building. Relocating the National Museum’s collections from the current museum buildings is a huge undertaking and a large part of the preparations leading up to the opening of the new National Museum on the Vestbanen site in 2020.

Contemporary art in the National Gallery

Beginning in summer 2017 and continuing into 2018 it will be possible to explore contemporary art at the National Gallery. The exhibitions “Restless gestures. Works from the Hubert Looser Collection” and “Faithless Pictures” will fill the museum with works by well-known artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Mellomstasjonen – a new arena for art

Heard about the artist conversation series “Kunstsnakk” (Let’s talk about art) at the Mellomstasjonen information centre? Norwegian artists and galleries take part in discussions on their artistic activities. It will be possible for the public to experience a wide array of exciting upcoming artistic, architectural and design projects in coming months.

Please join us for new encounters with art through exhibitions, artist conversations, breakfast seminars and workshops at Mellomstasjonen, the information centre for the new National Museum.

And don’t miss the last chance to view contemporary art in the beautiful former central bank building in Oslo’s historic Kvadraturen area before it closes on 4 September. From 30 August to 3 September, the Museum of Contemporary Art is open from 11.00–20.00.