Oslo city break brings together a series of world-class museums. The list is topped by the
Munch Museum, whose rotating collection of Edvard Munch’s disturbing late 19th-century paintings include several examples of
The Scream. Norway’s second most famous artist is fêted at the two-storey
Ibsen Museum, the place where the author of
A Doll’s House spent the last 10 years of his life. The
Viking Ships Museum features a trio of restored ninth-century Viking oak ships excavated from burial grounds in the south of the country.
Parks Oslo is a green city - 95% of the locals live within 300 metres of an open green space or park. Most popular is
Frogner Park, a stretch of grassy gardens holding the
Vigelandsparken and its collection of granite sculptures and obelisks of intertwined stone bodies. The diminutive
Slottsparken occupies the grounds of the Royal Palace. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place at 1.30 p.m. every day.
Music Long before Alexander Rybak won the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest for Norway, Oslo was a top spot for local and international music acts, notably at the jazz shows of
Bare Jazz and
Herr Nilsen Jazzklubb. Rock and dance music boom in the districts of Grønland and Grünerløkka.
Blå, Last Train and
Oslo Spektrum have long been the places to come to for cutting-edge sounds and up-and-coming bands. Classical music fans can experience a world-class philharmonic and the renowned Norwegian Opera, which performs in the new
Operahuset on the waterfront.