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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is the major North Norwegian art museum and it has free entrance. It is just a few steps from where the Hurtigruten docks and more tourists should peak in.

Until September 1st 2013 they exhibit grande paintings presented to the royal couple in 1882 on the occation of the king's 25 years on the throne. These pictures by the most acknowledged artists of the time, at the height of the national romantic period, spans from the impressing to the parodical. For a tourist, it perfectly reflects how Norwegians saw themselves 130 years ago and partly still do.

On the second floor, the permanent exhibition even encompasses paintings by Edvard Munch.

The sami exihibition on the third floor might be hard to catch without prior knowledge about the subtle relation between the samis and the majority and the sami recent history of stigma and self-loath.

By all means, visit this beautiful museum, with its perfect site. You'll get around it in 15 minutes, but suddently, one hour will have passed.

Thank Brainspin
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

It is the one thing that we found that was free in this expensive country. Spent an hour there and saw some excellent and interesting paintings.

Thank PairfromThornbury
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The visit could have been so much better if more thought had been given to the picture notes and the hanging of the pictures. we found the whole collection, though interesting and enjoyable, very hard to get to grips with since the pictures and the notes just did not marry up without quite a lot of pausing and searching. quite frustrating

Thank Nitrofski
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Just opposite the tourist office by the harbout is this little gem of an art gallery. Concentrating on paintings, sculpture and artefacts to illustrate the life of northern Norway, its three floors take you through a chronology of styles and also include special exhibitions. You really get an idea of how hard life is up in these latitudes, and also how breathtakingly beautiful it can be.
We were lucky in that the special exhibitions at the time included a travelling display of paintings by Edvard Munch and some great photos taken in the 1950s by an American, Robert Robinson.
You can happily pass an hour - or longer - here. Admission is free - my favourite word!Staff are really friendly and helpful.
Oh - not all the artists featured are Norwegian - there's a stunning David Hockney of the Midnight Sun.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

If you have a spare hour or so, stop by. Some works by Munch. Other paintings were quite enjoyable also.

Thank versa121
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