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“Very interesting sculptures.” 5 of 5 stars
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Vigeland Museum
Nobels gate 32, Oslo 0268, Norway
23 49 37 00
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Ranked #1 of 232 Attractions in Oslo
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: The Vigeland Park is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions. The park is open to visitors all year round. The unique sculpture park is Gustav Vigeland's lifework with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the park. The Vigeland Park was mainly completed between 1939 and 1949. Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children's playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
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“Very interesting sculptures.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We walked through the park and followed the commentary from Rick Steves' Scandinavia tour book. Excellent way to spend an hour.

Visited July 2014
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“Art in the Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I loved that Oslo was full of art everywhere you look. I also paid to go to the Vigeland Museum, which I did not like as much as the free sculptures you can enjoy in the park. A great place for a picnic if it's warm enough!

Visited June 2014
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“Pay to see sculptures you can see for free outside”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I ended up at this museum 10 minutes before closing and was assured by the attendant that it would be plenty of time. She was too right. The museum is very small and just an indoor collection of the same statues you can see at the Vigeland Park for free. As far as I can tell nothing more was offered. I guess it's a good bet if you want to see the sculptures when it's raining or cold outside, but I came in the middle of summer, so it was just a waste of money.

Visited June 2014
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“Babes to old folks in stone”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We toured this sculpture garden with a group and a guide who gave us a bit of background on the sculptor and some of the sculptures. It was beautifully laid out so we never felt crowded, even on a June day in tourist season. The human figures looked so lifelike yet concrete-looking. Our guide wondered about his use of so many children, since Vigeland did not have a relationship with his own. The trees representing various stages of life were interesting, but the most intriguing part for me was the series of poses on different levels all around the large fountain. One could spend quite a bit of time there with no time constraints.

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“A walk in the park surrounded by a concentration of sculptures”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

A lovely location to spend an hour or two. Have lunch on one of the seats. We took the 13 tram from the Ibsen museum (buy tickets at any 7-11 - day tickets last 24 hours and are better value if you do at least 3 trips). It was hot on the day so we didn't spend too long admiring each sculpture. Oslo is peppered with sculptures and this park has a large number in a small area, along with a phallic symbol. Of course, it's free.

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