The best new attractions in Oslo for summer 2022
The Norwegian capital’s waterfront continues to change at a rapid pace. Hot on the heels of the new Munch Museum and the Sørenga district, the new National Museum is finally opening its doors after a long delay.
Destined to become one of Scandinavia’s most important cultural venues, the National Museum is sure to be one of the highlights of any Oslo itinerary this summer. Here’s what you need to know about the new museum, as well as other new attractions in Oslo for the 2022 summer season.
The new national museum
Scheduled to open in mid-June, the National Museum replaces several cultural buildings including the National Gallery, which has been closed for several years in anticipation of the move.
The new museum brings together classical art, contemporary art and design, and architectural studies under one roof for the first time in downtown Oslo. The expansive facility is capable of displaying approximately 5,000 works from the entire collection, more than double the amount on display in all of the museum’s previous buildings.
Beyond the exhibition space, a new public square, a rooftop terrace and the impressive Light Hall will host various cultural events this summer and for years to come.
Visitors should not expect to turn up and get in, especially in the first few months. A timed entry ticket system will be in effect, so it is essential to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Late last year the new Edvard Munch Museum opened, also after significant delays. This summer will be the first opportunity for many international tourists to visit this imposing new facility, which houses three versions of Munch’s most famous work of art, The Scream.
While the architecture has sparked controversy locally, the waterfront building has room for far more art and inspiration from Munch than ever before. It also offers space to visit exhibitions and experiences, such as the Brain Maze interactive creative space, open until mid-September.
As with the National Museum, it is advisable to book a timed entry ticket in advance.
While waiting for your time, why not do as the locals do and enjoy a dip in the coolness of Oslofjord? The nearby Sørenga development is home to a fjord pool at the end of the promenade, while the Oslo Fjord Sauna’s new Munch location has proven incredibly popular with the city’s youngsters since its recent opening.
New hotels in Oslo
The revamped Scandic Holmenkollen Park reopens in mid-June with 376 rooms now on offer and a new spa complex opening later this year. The hotel‘s distinctive architecture has been retained, but interiors have been updated to modern standards.
Another long-awaited hotel opening will unfortunately arrive too late for the summer season. A historic 1930s building just west of downtown Oslo has been transformed into the 231-room Sommerro House, set to become one of Norway’s most decadent hotels. Long unused, the building’s original bathhouse has become a health and wellness space that should make Sommerro a true destination hotel for Norway.