There are numerous sites to enjoy during a visit to Oslo, Norway — from the angry baby statute at Vigeland Sculpture Park, to explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki raft, to the Oslo City Hall where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each December.

City Hall, Oslo, NorwayOne famous Oslo highlight we’ve never managed to see during our visits: The Scream painting by Nordic artist Edvard Munch.

"The Scream" by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

“The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch.

A pioneer of expressionism, Munch’s most famous painting portrays an agonized figure set against a blood red sky, with the Oslo fjord landscape in the background.

Two locations to view The Scream

Munch created multiple versions of The Scream in different media between 1893 and 1910. The earliest painted version is housed in the National Gallery of Norway.

The National Gallery (written as Nasjonalgalleriet in Norwegian) is located at
Universitetsgata 13, which is about a 20-minute walk from the waterfront/city hall area.

Home to Norway’s largest public collection of paintings, drawings and sculptures (including Edvard Munch’s “Madonna” and “The Scream”) the National Gallery is closed on Mondays.

On Thursdays, admission is free. For visits on other days of the week, adult admission costs 120.00 Norwegian kroner, with discounts for students and seniors. Children under 18 are free. The National Gallery entry ticket is also valid on the same day at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Museum – Architecture.

Visitors who purchase the Oslo Pass receive free admission to the National Museum.

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in 1933.

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch in 1933.

The Munch Museum

The Munch Museum — located farther from Oslo’s waterfront at 53 Tøyengata — houses two other versions of The Scream along with a large collection of other artworks left to the city of Oslo by Edvard Munch.

While open daily 10 am to 5 pm during the summer season, the Munch Museum is closed on Tuesdays during the rest of the year.

Admission is 120.00 Norwegian kroner for adults, and free for those under age 18. Visitors with the Oslo Pass get free entry.

Resources for More on Edvard Munch

To learn more about Edvard Munch, check out these books:
Edvard Munch: 1863-1944

Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream

Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed

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