While my husband and I were in Oslo we decided to visit the Ibsen Museum as we were familiar with his work. It turned out that the museum was closing in five minutes.
We returned two days later but now we had our Oslo pass and entry was included with the pass. There was a small fee otherwise. The receptionist was very friendly. She pointed out lockers for our use for our heavy bags and coats. The toilets were beside the lockers and were well maintained and quite modern.
We were told on entry that there was a guided tour at noon. In the meantime we went up the stairs to the main area. There were photos on the wall on our way up the stairs. There was also a lift, if needed. The museum dipicted the life of Henrik Ibsen and there were cuttings and articles regarding him, his life and his work. In a corner was a small “movie theatre” with steps where you could sit down on cushions. There was a video playing about the life of Ibsen and various cuts from his films in different languages around the world. Well worth spending a few minutes watching this.
There was also a display of prints by Edvard Munch whose life crossed with Ibsen's.
We went back downstairs for our guided tour. The apartment Ibsen and his wife lived in was on the third floor. A lift was useful this time. After donning plastic overshoes we followed our guide throughout the apartment. It had been beautifully restored and many pieces were donated by Ibsen's late son for the museum. Some of the rooms and furniture could be seen up close, others were behind glass for protection. The kitchen was being renovated at the time. I found it interesting that his wife read to him from novels and described articles that she had read.
The tour was most interesting and I think it was over a half hour long. Have a good look at the ceilings, walls and furniture. From the windows in one of the lounges, Ibsen had a fantastic view of the comings and goings down below. At the time he was seen as a celebrity and people used to stand and watch for him to come out of his apartment.
There was a small gift shop but we did not purchase anything at that time. We did however, follow the path that Ibsen took every day down the street to his favourite cafe, the Grand Cafe on Karl Johans Gade. There were metal phrases worked into the pavements all the way to the cafe. This was quite interesting, too.
The museum was well worth a visit, for an Ibsen fan or not. It would give one a feel for someone living in Oslo during his life time.
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