Munch Museum

About the Munch Museum

Following a short illness Edvard Munch died on the 23rd of January 1944, at home in his villa Ekely on the outskirts of Oslo. Four years had passed since he bequeathed all his works of art to the City of Oslo.

The Munch Collection

The magnificent donation to the City consisted of approx. 1 150 paintings, close to 18 000 prints depicting more than 700 different motifs, 7 700 drawings and watercolours as well as 13 sculptures. In addition there were nearly 500 printing plates, 2 240 books, notebooks, documents, photographs, art tools, accessories and pieces of furniture. Further works of art by Edvard Munch as well as his extensive collection of letters were bequeathed to the City of Oslo by his sister Inger Munch, and were added to the Munch collection when she died in 1952. Today the Munch Museum houses more than half of Edvard Munch's paintings and most of print motifs.

The Munch Museum

Edvard Munch himself initiated a discussion about a future Munch Museum with Jens Thiis, the director of the National Gallery, back in 1927. The City of Oslo made its decision to build a Munch Museum in 1946. Discussions about where to locate it started from day one. Should it be placed in the Vigeland Park in the Frogner District or downtown behind the Royal Palace? Or maybe it should be built at Grünerløkka, where the artist had spent important years of his childhood?

In the mid-1950s the Oslo City Council decided to build the museum in Tøyen in eastern Oslo. In May 1963, a hundred years after the artist's birth, the museum opened in architects Gunnar Fougner and Einar Myklebust's – by contemporary standards – very modern building.

The new Munch Museum

The new Munch Museum opens in 2020 in Bjørvika, Oslo.

Edvard Munch is one of the most renowned figures in art history. When the new Munch Museum opens in june 2020, his artistry will finally get the space it deserves. Across 13 floors, visitors will be able to see more of Munch than ever before, and masterpieces such as The Scream will always be on display.

More of Munch, and many other experiences!

The Munch Museum provides strong, enganging and modern art experiences. In the new museum building, you can visit 11 exhibition areas spanning over seven floors, and explore many of the 28 000 works by Edvard Munch from the museum's collection. Munch's art is displayed in three permanent exhibitions, and temporary exhibitions show works by renowned Norwegian and international artists as well as innovative contemporary artists.

In addition to exploring the different exhibitions, you can attend concerts, literary readings and discussions, debates and other cultural events, or gather friends and family to enjoy fantastic meal and the spectacular view from the 13th floor. The museum also houses art workshops where you can experiment with different techniques and materials, and other fun activities where children and adults can create inspiring art experiences together.

Facts about the new Munch Museum

  • When the new Munch Museum opens to the public in June 2020, it will be one of the world's largest museums dedicated to a single artist.

  • 11 exhibition halls are located throughout seven floors, and the large exhibition halls provide opportunities for new and different ways to experience art.

  • The building is designed by the Spanish architecture firm Estudio Herreros.

  • With its 13 floors, the building is 58 meters tall. The gross area of the building is 26 313 m2.

  • Building materials used to construct the museum, in particular concrete and steel, is environmentally friendly and can be recycled.

  • The building's exterior is covered in translucent, perforated aluminium.