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“What a surprise!”

KODE Art Museums of Bergen
Ranked #7 of 130 things to do in Bergen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: KODE is one of Scandinavia's largest museums for art and music. It has a unique combination of art museums and composers' homes, of visual art, historical objects, concerts and parklands. KODE stewards almost 50,000 objects that can be experienced in four museum buildings in Bergen city centre, KODE 1-4, and in the homes of the composers Ole Bull, Harald Saeverud and Edvard Grieg. Welcome to KODE!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage
Lawrence, Kansas
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77 reviews
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“What a surprise!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013

We were not expecting a museum of this caliber in Bergen. They have a great layout and some very historic Munch Pieces.

Visited July 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“International flair, excellent Munch and Norwegian artists”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

KODE, the four buildings of the Bergen art museum, face onto a lovely park. Each building has a distinctive feel, from contemporary Norwegian art to historical Norwegian art to wonderful international modernism, as well as sections for children. We spend a rainy afternoon going from building to building (it was the 150th Munch anniversary, with excellent curation of their special Munch exhibit). Do not miss the Norwegian art. The international modernism exhibit in Building 4 (top floor) is small but excellent. Several superb Picassos (later period and unusual), Klee, Miro, Braques, etc. (you can read about it online) but also some fabulous lesser known modernists. The Norwegian impressionists are well worth seeing. There is a floor devoted to traditional Norwegian furniture and design--all antique and very interesting. An easy walk from the harbor and very close to Hanne pa Hoyden if you want a great meal.

Visited July 2013
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Lahaina, Hawaii, United States
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7 reviews
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“for art enthusiasts”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

I enjoyed the local art here. There are a few big names to see, but it was something different for an afternoon. Some of the four sections are only allowed light for a short time each day, so check the hours before you pay the fee. Plan on spending the most time at KODE 3, unless you like furniture, silver, and maybe some dresses. The park area is a nice stroll around the different museums.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Fantastic Collection of Munch Paintings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013

If you're an art fan (or even if you're not!) this collection is well worth a visit. It's a part of the Bergen Art Museum, and apparently this collection within the museum has been recently refurbished, so it's beautifully presented.

The highlight is absolutely the Munch paintings within the collection - one of the largest in Norway. When we were there, several of the major Munch paintings were on loan to a museum in Oslo for a Munch exhibition they were having, but what was left was still very extensive.

While they don't have a final version of "The Scream", they do have a pencil drawing of it (undated, so they're unsure if it's from before or after the painted versions). The drawing is presented in a room full of Munch pencil drawings; quite beautiful.

I'll admit, I didn't know much of Munch before this collection, beyond The Scream, but seeing these laid out together - his self portrait from after his nervous breakdown, the portrait of his family gathered around his sister's deathbed - was an incredible look into the works of a very talented painter.

Visited July 2013
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Bucharest, Romania
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“Good collection of local artists”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

If you can get past the ridiculous 4 hours per day opening duration (you do get a 2-day ticket by default), it's a very cool look at Norway's various painters from the 18th to the 20th centuries as well as some European artists in a separate building.

Visited June 2013
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