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National Museum - Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

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Address: St. Olavs gate 1, Oslo 0165, Norway
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+47 21 98 20 00
11:00 - 17:00
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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design displays Norwegian and...

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design displays Norwegian and international applied art, fashion and design from the 7th century to the present. The museum was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Europe. In addition to changing exhibitions, the museum features the permanent exhibitions Design & Art 1905-2005 and STYLE 1100-1905. The museum's collection contains approx. 35,000 items, spanning from antique Greek vases and East Asian art to items depicting European style history. Also on display are clothing, textiles, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, design and handicrafts. Among the highlights are the unique 12th century Baldishol Tapestry, the collection of 16th and 17th century pictorial tapestries and Royal Norwegian apparel. CLOSED: Mondays, 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Eve, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 17 May, Whit Saturday, Whit Sunday, 23-25 December, 31 December. The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design consists of the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum - Architecture. Norwegian name: Kunstindustrimuseet

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a pleasant though modest sized museum

The museum has a limited collection but does have the original scream" painting by Munch, rather than the Munch Museum. there was a beautiful special exhibition of oriental... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 October 2016
Carl J
Woodland Hills, Ca
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Woodland Hills, Ca
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

The museum has a limited collection but does have the original scream" painting by Munch, rather than the Munch Museum. there was a beautiful special exhibition of oriental works when we visited which changes from time to time. For those who find the enormous city museums in NY, London, Chicago, paris, etc. its reasabl size which does not deman a... More 

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Drammen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I keep coming back for most changing exhibitions here as well as to the the permanent collections. This month see the end to the venue as a museum as they are moving to new museum on the seaside. Their current exhibition - Japonomania - is totally excellent. It's the best show at this venue ever! Hopefully they will keep up... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Visited using our Oslo pass so entry was free. Had a Japan mania exhibition as well as the usual galleries. Great to see the designs and the way technology has changed the face of design through the ages. Super hot inside, one of the readers said 27.5 degrees and they had the windows open. Nice to reminisce about some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

During all the museums we saw whilst in Oslo this was my favourite. Spanning the history of Norwegian art and design; you really get a feel for the styles and changes throughout the 21st century. The Japanese section was amazing and so interesting to see the oriental influence on Norwegian art. Cheap enterable, cute gift shop and friendly staff. Well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I enjoyed this museum because I have an interest in the history of scandinavian architecture and design. This museum gave me lots of information in a way that also allowed me to enjoy many of the products developed in those periods.

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

Even though they are moving and only one floor is open I LOVED this museum. It shows the history of Scandinavian design in the 20th century and their collection of chairs and porcelain is impressive. On one ticket you can also get to National Gallery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Really liked this museum, far better than the similar promising design museum in Copenhagen. It houses a great collection of Scandinavian design of furniture, clothing, day to day items, decorative pieces, electrical items etc There was also a temporary Japanese design exhibit detailing the influence of Japanese design on Norwegian designers. Other reviewers said the museum is moving, I am... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

The museum shows the history of Norwegian and other Scandinavian coutries' design. The collection is great and there are many things to see. I recommend to visit also for decorative art fans. There weren't so many visitors when I visited this museum after 15:00 in the middle of summer.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

Interesting museum for industrial design by decade. Beware though, currently only part of the museum is open as it is soon to move to a new location.

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Bucharest, Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Very interesting museum that walks you through different ages of Scandinavian design, with details specific to the Norwegian influence (vs Swedish or Finnish for example). Everyday objects, glass, ceramics, clothes and a big collection of chairs designs. It needs to offer more written information/ context for the objects on the last floor. It's a walk away from the city center.

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