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Exhibitions at Museum of Oslo

OsLove - The Story of Oslo 


Would you like a taste of the story of Oslo? “OsLove” will guide you through the highlights of the history of Oslo. The focus is on the people who lived in the city and created the unique atmosphere of today.

“OsLove” features some of the finest models, paintings and photos from the museum’s collection. The city’s history is featured through digital storytelling, interviews and films.

Experience a skeleton from the medieval period and learn about the fire that destroyed the city in 1624. You will also be introduced to the contrasts between the working class and the upper class in Christiania (which was the name of the city in a period before 1925).

Did you know that when the castle was built people thought it to be in the countryside? Or that orange was a popular color 200 years ago? Or that Oslo throughout the times has been influenced by immigrants?

Free Audio guides in English



Oslo Abounds in modernist architecture. It is found all over town and in all kinds of buildings. With good reason people call it "the funkis city", funkis being the slang version of the Scandinavian term functionalism. The last years have seen a growing interest in 1930s architecture. Period buildings are restored, and "revival modernism" is fashionable.

The exhibition aims to give you a taste of "the funkis city" and to explore the ideas and social conditions that shaped it. It illustrates the cultural history of Oslo between 1925 and 1940, the prime of modernism.

The years between the wars were a time of innovation. New residential, commercial and public buildings changed the townscape. Modern materials such as concrete, steel and sheet glass were introduced, and electricity conquered the urban scene through illuminated display windows and neon signs.

Opposite trends characterized the period. For some, it was a time of unemployment, poverty and class struggle. Others experienced economic growth, more spare time, jazz, dancing and eating out. Everyone felt that life in modern times was constantly and rapidly changing.

Central to the exhibitions are four main themes inspired by functionalist theories about zoning: Habitation, urban space, work and recreation.