Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg

The National Museum offers a range of activities for families with children.

The whole family will find something to enjoy in the new National Museum. Discover fantastical artworks and fairy tale rooms, learn a new skill in the workshops or explore on your own with activities in the collection presentation.

No ticket is needed for children below two years of age. From 2 to 17 years of age entry is free, but you will need a ticket.

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Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland

Children’s map 

To find your way around the largest art museum in the Nordic region, it helps to have a map! You will find one in the vestibule. The children’s map shows you routes to the activities, drawing stations and workshops, to the spectacular Light Hall, and to the art, architecture and design. And of course, the map also shows the quickest way to every child’s favourite, the Bollebar café.  

Activity benches 

The benches in the National Museum are more than just objects to sit on. In “The Collection”, 32 of the benches have special compartments with activities for young and old. At many of them you will also find a dialogue card. Challenge yourself with a few questions, trivial and profound, that will make you think, reflect and discuss. 

Drawing stations 

In the collection presentation we provide paper and digital tablets for you to draw on. There are physical drawing stations by the plaster casts in room 2 and in the “garden” in room 12, and digital drawing boards by the sculptures in room 55. In room 12 you can draw to a relaxing accompaniment of birdsong. 

Workshops 

The museum has a number of workshops where visitors can try their hand at various forms of expression and techniques. In the basement laboratory, young and old alike can help to save the primeval forest of Siva by creating insects and other creepy-crawlies. See nasjonalmuseet.no for workshop opening hours and the activities on offer. 

Dark, mysterious room with a tree in the middle and paintings on the wall
The Fairy Tale Room
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Børre Høstland

East of the Sun and West of the Moon 

The exhibition shows a selection of drawings by Erik Werenskiold and Theodor Kittelsen done around 150 years ago as illustrations for Norwegian fairy tales. Collected and written down by Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe,  printed in the first illustrated book of fairy tales for Norwegian children in 1879–1887. 

The exhibition is specially designed for children and families. Here you will meet Askeladden (the Ash Lad), princesses, scary trolls, and magical animals. 

The Fairy Tale Room

Part of the exhibition "The Collection", The Fairy Tale Room takes you into the enchanted realm of the forest, as imagined by Theodor Kittelsen and others. You'll meet creatures from Norwegian fairy tales and hear the sounds of the forest.

Hand holding smartphone with a museum app on the screen
Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg

App with audio stories for children

In addition to maps and information about what’s on at the museum, the visitor guide app includes more than 100 audio stories. You will find audio stories specially for children.

Download the app here

Photo: Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg

Cafés

Bollebar café, accessible from the Museum Square, offers a new approach to the traditional sweet bun. This is a child-friendly restaurant that serves buns, juices and coffee. Here you can choose from a range of plump, soft sweet buns with various fillings and toppings. 

In the other cafés in the museum you will find open sandwiches, waffles and more.

Shops

The new National Museum has two shops – one by the vestibule and one in the Station Master’s House, which is accessed from the Museum Square. The shop in the Station Master’s House stocks a range of items for small children.