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The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design Apr 17, 2012
The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design (Kunstindustrimuseet) is located in the centre of Oslo.

The museum has a good collection of Norwegian and international art, design and fashion, which is presented in an excellent way. All information and signage are available in both English and Norwegian. They always have interesting temporary exhibitions too. One of my favorites was one they had some years ago, which was called “the Day of the Dead” and of course came from Mexico. It was a great success among children as they had workshops, where they could make all kinds of scary things as well as breaking piñatas.

Until 26th August 2012 the museum presents an exhibition called “Royal Journeys 1905 – 2005”. This exhibition shows three generations of the Norwegian royal family on both their domestic and international journeys. The costumes, uniforms and official decorations they brought and gifts given to them by foreign heads of state are on display. The costumes and uniforms made for the coronation in 1906, as well as costumes worn at the consecrations of 1958 and 1991 can also be seen.

The permanent exhibitions are:

1. The Custome Galleries, which show the royal dress collection, fashion between 1600s – 2000 and Norwegian Fashion Designers.

2. The Exhibition Design and Craft focuses on six historical periods to illustrate the avant-garde of Norwegian and international design.

3. Style 1100-1905. This exhibition provides a comprehensive, chronological introduction to the history of Norwegian and European style. It presents the museum’s rich collections of textiles, silver, glass, ceramics and furniture from the Middle Ages to 1905.

4. The museum has collected glass and ceramics from it was founded in 1876. In three different halls, the glass and ceramic exhibition showes the history of glass and ceramics from antiquity to 1850, and ceramics from 1850 until today.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is not too big and therefore not overwhelming. It´s a very nice museum and I can higly recommend it. Set aside around 2 hours to admire the collection of clothing, textiles, furniture, silver, glass. ceramics and porcelain.

The museum has a lovely and elegant café and a nice, but expensive gift shop.

Entrance is NOK 50,-/30,- for adults/students and retired. Children under 18 are free. With the Oslo Pass entrance is free for every card holder. If you pay the entrance, it will also give you access to 2 other museums as well (on the same day). Sunday is always free!

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design shares a website with 3 other museums. This website is in 18 different languages. If you have problem with your vision the website comes with letters in 3 different sizes as well. Not bad!
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Vikram says:
"Smiled" at your review but I don't think this museum is up my street!
Posted on: Apr 17, 2012
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