Gustav Vigeland's art in the Vigeland Park is experienced by many tourists every summer. Just a short walk south of the Vigeland Park, you will find the Vigeland Museum (Vigelandmuseet), the very best place to learn more about how the park came to be.
For summer guests in Oslo, a visit to the Vigeland Park is almost mandatory, and even though Vigelandmuseet might be Oslo's most beautiful museum (come, and you can decide for yourself), many tourist never find their way to the museum in Nobel's street (gate) 32 at Frogner. This is Gustav Vigeland's former studio and home and was always meant to become a museum after his death. With it's exquisite colors, white plaster originals and beautiful light, the Vigeland Museum represents one of the truly beautiful museums in Norway.
The Vigeland Museum officially opened the doors to the public in 1950. Since then, enthusiasts and art lovers have found their way from the Vigeland Park to the Vigeland Museum to see if the myths told about the great sculptor are really true.
How to best experience Vigeland:
- Experience the plaster originals up close at the Vigeland Museum. In the green Fountain Hall, you come close to each sculpture (please, no touching) and you will recognize the Fountain from the Vigeland Park. In the Fountain Hall you can really experience Gustav Vigeland's big project: The Fountain.
- Some come to find meditative tranquility. For some, the Vigeland Museum is a perfect place for contemplation. Just sit on a bench. Especially the Monolith Hall is great for meditation. Enjoy the room, the light, the art and the tranquility.
- Visiting with children? Look for animals and fantasy animals in the sculptures at the museum. How many can you find? Don't forget the lizards in the Fountain in the open air atrium (Borggården)!
- Enjoy the color combinations! The building is one of Norway's finest examples of neo classical architecture (the north wing) in unique combination with functionalism (the south wing). Vigeland's studio and home were built over a period from 1921 to 1931. The building stands tall in the midst of a style change. The architecture is worth the trip alone.
- Is romance in the air? Kneel down in the most romantic part of the Frogner Park, where the roses stand blooming, in the part called the Rosary. The Rosary is located near the parking lot in Halvdan Svartes street (gate), between the Vigeland Museum and the Bridge in the Vigeland Park. Create a small picnic basket and pop the question! No need to be shy!
- Imitate a sculpture on the Bridge! Both children and adults pose as the sculptures on the bridge - this is normal. The running man, the woman with the fluttering hair or the two running boys are popular sculptures to mimic. Post on instagram and tag @vigelandmuseet
The Vigeland Museum is part of the City of Oslo. The Vigeland museum is responsible for managing and preserving the art in the Vigeland Park and in the Vigeland Museum. The City of Oslo is in charge of the plants, roads and toilets in the Vigeland Park.
Travel tip for Vigeland Museum and Vigeland Park:
How to get to the Vigeland Museum: Get off at the stop called "Frogner Plass" (not the Vigeland Park) if you are going to visit the Vigeland Museum in Nobels gate 32. Continue down Halvdan Svartes gate (Ring 2 / Road number 161). Trams 12 and 15 stop at Frogner Plass. Bus 20 also goes to Frogner Plass (bus stop). Please note possible changes from Ruter.
How to get to the Vigeland Park: Get off at the stop called Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Park). You will now stand before the Main Gate, made in iron wrought iron by Vigeland and his black smiths, among them the art smith Alfred Mikkelsen. Tram 12, 15 and bus number 20. Please note possible changes from Ruter.