The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design was established as a foundation on the 1st July, 2003. It merged four existing institutions; The Norwegian Museum of Architecture, The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, The Museum of Contemporary Art and The National Gallery, into a new institution. The process of change began under the leadership of its new Swedish director, Sune Nordgren. In 2005 the administration and libraries will be brought under one roof and a fifth member, The National Touring Exhibitions network, that toured exhibitions to 329 venues in 2004, becomes part of the National Museum. The year also marks the temporary closure of the Museum of Architecture from the 1st of April until it reopens in a new building in 2007.

The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo understands its role as being, among other things, a contribution to extending the knowledge of and interest in art, architecture and design in Norway. In the coming year the museum will mount 16 exhibitions that present the work of both Norwegian and foreign artists, designers and architects. These exhibitions include three new displays of the museum’s own collections of painting, sculpture, photography, video, installations, craft and design starting 1800 up to the present time. A range of temporary exhibitions include “Sikt”, installations by Dutch artist Marijke van Warmerdam “Basic Forms of Industrial Buildings” by Bernd & Hilla Becher; “Populism”, a group exhibition of international artists; a presentation of “Norwegian Social Life and Architecture 1905-2005”, and “Kiss the frog! The Art of Transformation” a large-scale art manifestation challenging the borderlines between architecture, design and visual art, in which 20 internationally acclaimed artists will present their work. Other forthcoming exhibitions for the autumn season will be announced later. In addition to these, the museum produces a number of touring exhibitions.

The museum also creates series of talks and events connected to each exhibition, see for further information.

Currently all exhibitions are mounted in the museum’s four separate buildings in the city centre. Each is within walking distance of the other. Most have cafés and bookshops. The National Museum has an extensive library, as well as photo and documentary archives.

Contact information:
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design
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The Museum of Contemporary Art
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The National Gallery
Visiting Address: Universitetsgaten 13
Opening hours:
The Museum of Contemporary Art / The National Gallery:
Tues, Wed, Fri 10.00-18.00. Thurs 10.00-20.00. Sat, Sun 11.00-17.00. Mon closed.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design:
Tues, Wed, Fri 11.00-17.00. Thurs 11.00-20.00. Sat, Sun 12.00-16.00. Mon closed.

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