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“Fascinating and Creepy Art Installation” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Emanuel Vigeland Museum

Emanuel Vigeland Museum
Grimelundsveien 8, Oslo, Norway
22 14 57 88
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Ranked #20 of 171 Attractions in Oslo
Type: Art Museums, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Museums
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Owner description: Actually a mausoleum, this unusually-shaped building is decorated inside with an 800 square meter fresco which took Emanuel Vigeland 20 years to paint.
Oslo, Norway
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“Fascinating and Creepy Art Installation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

If Emanuel Vigeland was alive today, I'm pretty sure he'd be directing horror films or building haunted houses. His museum/mausoleum is a meticulously-designed installation to create a unique multi-sensory experience. From the lighting to the acoustics to being forced to stoop through the low doorways (check out the Wikipedia entry for an interesting explanation on that), everything seems carefully planned.

When you first enter the room, you can see almost nothing of the art except a few spotlighted areas of the walls. The longer you stay, the more you can see. So unlike a typical museum where you look at something and move on, you keep returning to the same paintings over and over as you begin to make out more and more of the artwork around them. Meanwhile the acoustics in the room force you to move quietly, and the low whispers of other visitors and even the rustling of clothing echoes loud enough to form an eerie soundtrack to accompany the macabre artwork.

It does require some dedication to visit: Limited Sunday-only opening hours, out-of-the-way location, and cash-only admission charge. But it's definitely worth it!

(Take the 46 bus from Majorstuen to Grimlundsveien or walk down from the Slemdal T-bane station.)

Visited April 2013
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“An out of the body experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

One of Norways most exciting museums. It is like following Dante in the Divina Commedia! You are entering the museum through a doorway so small almost everybody has to bend down to get in- how appropriate! And the ashes of the artist is in an jar just above your head as you enter.

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Oslo, Norway
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“A hidden pearl”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Go here! Only open on sundays. This is the absolute best sight in Oslo and a truely yaw dropping experiance. Try not to look at pictures or read about it before going.

Visited April 2012
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“Dark,powerful ecco tomb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

A walk about 10 minutes from metro station into frendly neighborhood with houses.From outside it looks like an electric power station house in bricks with sculptures on roof and no windows.Enterded threw small door and was told to put on shoes that do not make sound and bee quiet inside tomb.When I got inside it was incredible like entering a black hole with paintings on the walls,lightened by dim lights.A humans life on the walls from birth to death.Emmanuel Vigeland´s remains is in a urn over entrance door,you can feel his presence inside and I felt humble and showed respect,kept quiet.Very good acoustics inside and sounds have eccos and sound more then outside,fantastic.Concerts are played here sometimes.Best:Paintings on wall Worst:Opening hours are to short.One hour is enough for a visit.

Visited October 2012
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“A macabre masterpiece”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Amazing, macabre paintings on the theme of mortality. One of a kind. The venue is poorly lit, appropriately enough, and also poorly ventilated and stuffy. It is off the beaten track, and tricky to find.

Visited April 2012
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