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“Gems within a modest facade” 4 of 5 stars
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National Museum - National Gallery
Universitetsgaten 13 (city centre), Oslo, Norway
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“Gems within a modest facade”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

From the outside, Oslo's National Gallery looks like an old school building, with weathered red bricks and mouldy mortar. Inside it there are many gems representing Norway's art traditions and international art which require a full afternoon to browse through but more than a full day to appreciate. When you need a break, there is a very elegant cafe called the French Salon which not only serves coffee but satisfies tea connoisseurs too, serving 17 types of tea, unusual for a European museum. Only problem is that there aren't enough tables and one can wait for a long time to be seated at lunchtime.

Visited July 2012
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“The Dance of Life Exhibit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

The art exhibit called The Dance of Life was fabulous. The exhibition is a chronological display of more than 300 Norwegian and international masterpieces, with emphasis on 19th and 20th century Norwegian art. The exhibit includes an entire room devoted to Munch. This is a magnificent exhibit that can be viewed in approximately an hour or so.

Visited October 2012
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“Only had time for Munch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I only had time to visit the Munch room and I was very impressed with this. Although it was much smaller than the recent exhibition in London, it gave a very good overview of the artist's work and as well as one of the iconic Scream's, it had some beautiful works which I was not familiar with. I would have liked to stay longer and thoroughly recommend the National Gallery, for whatever time you have available.

Visited October 2012
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“More than The Scream”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Grand art museum, easily managed. The Munch room shows how much more talented he was than "The Scream" would lead you to believe--look for "The Madonna" and "The Sick Child" to see two excellent examples of his art in a different style. Also look for paintings by Christian Krohg for some interesting, Manet-inspired impressionistic paintings, as well as a huge one by him of Leif Erikson discovering America but looking like a 19th century sailor!

Visited September 2012
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“National gallery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Great collection,,well worth an afternoon. So much Munsch. Discovered many new artists for us. Close to the main area( we walked from our hotel)

Visited August 2012
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