Munch aficionados will appreciate the collection’s less conventional pieces, including lithographic stones, etchings, and woodcut plates, as well as newspaper cutouts, books, and other information about the artist, further encapsulating the full career of the artist. The most popular pieces here are arguably two of art history’s most iconic works, The Scream and Madonna.
Visit the museum with the Oslo City Pass, which allows free admissions to other must-visit attractions such as Kon-Tiki Museum and Akershus Fortress, and grants discounts at Tusenfryd Theme Park and Oslo Winter Park, among others. Extra benefits include free public transportation in select zones, discounted, and more.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Munch Museum is a must-see for fans of the artist and anyone who appreciates fine art.
- Go to the cafe for a light meal, and the boutique that sells a nice array of catalogues, books, and souvenirs.
- Audio guides, guided tours, concerts, lectures, and screenings are available for a nominal fee.
- Guided tours in English are conducted once a day during July and August.
- The museum is stroller and wheelchair-friendly.xa0
- Sometime in 2020, a new Munch Museum will open at the Bjørvika waterfront next to the Opera House.
How to Get There
Munch Museum is located in the Gamle Oslo district of the city at the south side of Oslo’s Botanic Garden. From Central Station, take the Line 3 subway to the Tøyen stop, and walk to Tøyengata. Or, take bus Line 16 and stop at Tøyen skole. Walk north for a few minutes until you get to the museum. Parking is nearby.
When to Get There
The museum is generally open daily from morning until the afternoon. From September to May, the museum is closed on Mondays; during the spring and summer, the museum is open longer hours to accommodate more guests. Come on a weekday morning to beat the crowds. Peak season in Oslo coincides with the warm summer months (mid-June through August).
Stolen Scream In 2004, two men walked into the museum and demanded both The Scream and Madonna paintings at gunpoint. While some experts at the time estimated the value of The Scream at around US$100m, others said it was almost impossible to put a number to it. Two years later, the paintings were recovered, having both sustained minimal damage, but the motives of the thieves were never understood.
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