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National Museum - Museum of Decorative Arts and Design

St. Olavs gate 1, Oslo 165, Norway
+47 21 98 20 00
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Ranked #39 of 171 Attractions in Oslo
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design displays Norwegian and international applied art, fashion...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Simsbury, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

Special exhibit going on that profiles the royal family and its history ..lots of neat artifacts, furniture, and dresses/ personal possessions....Super cool! Was very surprised the gift shop didnt capitalize on this- nothing too interesting to purchase, and I would definitely have bought something.... Free on Sundays and right across from the Oslo Reptile Park...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2012

I always enjoy going to the temporarily exhibitions there. I also like to go to the museum store which has nice selection of jewellery etc. but at extremely expensive prices.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011 via mobile

The Norwegians get their presentation right, as the displays are very well laid out while almost all information is available in both English and Norwegian. However, I have never really understood the value of an arts and crafts museum, displaying the kind of stuff you, your friends and their parents collectively might just have in your homes. Currently, access to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2011

At the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design you can find lots of Norwegian and international design and fashion pieces! If you like the subject, then it's the place for you. We spent there more than 3 hours admiring the collection of clothing, textiles, furniture, silver, glass, ceramics and so one. Note that the Museum is closed on Monday and... More 

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