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Arts & Museums
In an old Customs House, founded in 1915, this tiny museum tells the story of Norwegian customs activities through 350 years. Variations and the development of exports and imports are the main issues, illustrated by lots of original documents. There are also examples of different measuring instruments that have been used over the years. Admission to the Norwegian Customs Museum is free.
Film Museum is located in Filmens Hus (House of Film), together with other institutions related to the Norwegian film industry. The museum's goal is to give an insight into the history of Norwegian films and cinema. Some of the puppets from Norwegian director Ivo Caprino's animated films are exhibited here, and you can watch little snippets of Norwegian films. You can also visit the Kinematografteateret cinema, where historical films are shown non-stop. Call ahead to book a guided tour for your group.
The long elongated containers, used to store liquids that we see around us daily, now has a museum dedicated entirely to it. Claiming to be the only one in the world, one can safely assume that The Mini Bottle Gallery truly is the first museum to document the importance of bottles. Spread across three floors, this museum houses an unbelievable amount of 53,000 bottles. Guided tours around the museum are available, which also includes a glass of sparkling wine in hand. This gallery will surely be incomplete if doesn't house a bar. Guests can unwind at the bar after a tour of the museum and relish a bottle of goodness. During the week, this space can be used to organize various private celebrations.
Gallery Norske Grafikere is one of many galleries in Kvadraturen, more specifically, this lively area was the center of Oslo until the 19th Century. The gallery presents contemporary lithography and the art of print-making. There are about ten new exhibitions each year, and it is not a problem for the gallery to find artists for their numerous shows, as they are in possession of the largest collection of contemporary lithography in Norway.
Photo Gallery claims to be the only gallery in the city focusing exclusively on artistic photography. The exhibitions last one month each. Many acclaimed photographers and artists host their works of art in these very premises. Art-lovers, professional and curious locals, throng Photo Gallery for a sneak peak into the latest photographic art-works the world has to offer. In the in-house shop, you can buy postcards, books and magazines as souvenirs of this gallery.
Gallery Format focuses on contemporary art and crafts, in media as diverse as glass, ceramics, textile, metal and wood. Great designs, high prices. The gallery is located near the old, disused railway station Vestbanen, with the Tourist Information Center next door. To one side of the square, Aker Brygge attracts scores of shoppers. Rådhusplassen and Akershus Festning on the other side attract visitors with their recreational and historical value.
This gallery is situated on Kongens gate, close to Akershus Fortress. Galleri RAM's main focus is on installations of all kinds. This art-gallery deals with art that is not stereotypical - in other words, boundaries are challenged and ideas are explored. RAM conducts a multitude of art shows specifically for children while also arranging workshops. In the neighboring area, many other museums and galleries also appear, and the popular Cafe Celsius is just around the corner.
In contrast to many of the other galleries on Kongens gate, this gallery specializes in arts and crafts and is run by the artists themselves. The works shown belong to categories as diverse as textiles, metals, ceramics or glass. There are often opportunities for meeting the artists in the gallery.
Tegnerforbundet Gallery is a rather busy gallery which aims to show Norwegian and international drawings. In addition to seeing temporary exhibitions, it is also possible to buy drawings from the various artists. The gallery has its own small library as well as an archive. During the year, there are 10-12 shows.
Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is the oldest art exhibition space in Oslo, situated in the oldest building in Oslo (1626) in the Kvadraturen area. Oslo Kunstforening / Oslo Fine Art Society is a not for profit exhibition space, and its main goal is to support emerging Norwegian contemporary artists and present international artists that have not exhibited in Norway before. They arrange eight to nine exhibitions a year.
This gallery is run by an association whose aim it is to look after the interests of Norwegian painters. The art-works on show here consist mostly of contemporary paintings. The gallery is on Kongens Gate, part of Kvadraturen, an area packed with galleries and cafés within walking distance of the center.
Deprived of its finest gems, including the altarpiece by Eilif Petersen, a statue in carved wood and the silver cross decorating the pulpit, the church was abandoned within its lively frame of the Aker river, the Anker bridge and the heavy traffic on Hausmannsgate. On February 18, 2000, Jakob was re-inaugurated as a Cultural Church. The concept belongs to Kirkelig Kulturverksted, a small record label that publishes Norwegian crossover music in an open-minded and vaguely Christian vein. There are art exhibitions, live acts and so on, and it can also be rented for private arrangements.