The Munch Museum opened in 1963, hundred years after the birth of the artist. The building was designed by the architects Gunnar Fougner and Einar Myklebust. The latter was also the architect behind the major expansion and rehabilitation inaugurated in 1994, 50 years after Munch's death. While the original museum was financed through the profit of Oslo Cinematographers, the last rehabilitation was in large funded through a contract with the Japanese company Idemitsu Kosan cs. Ltd. In 2005 the museum underwent a comprehensive structural safety refurbishment.
The museum houses exhibitions, workshops for children, seminars, meeting rooms, photography and conservation laboratories, offices, depositories and a library. In the heart of the museum is the large hall, used for conferences, exhibitions, concerts, theatre performances and movie screenings. In the foyer visitors will find an museum shop with a wide range of items, and a popular café.
Edvard Munch's testamentary gift to Oslo Municipality included around 1,100 paintings, 15,500 graphic prints with around 700 different motifs, 4,700 sketches, plus six sculptures. Additionally, the gift contained almost 500 print blocks, 2,240 books, note books, documents, photographies, tools, props and furniture. Munch's quite extensive collection of letters and correspondence was later donated to the museum by the artist's sister Inger Munch, along with a considerate number of original artworks, many from the 1880s.
This and other gifts has contributed to the Munch Museum now owning almost half of Munch's paintings and graphics. This makes the museum quite unique in both a national and international context, and it gives a solid basis for both special exhibitions in the museum and exhibition activity worldwide.
Read more about the museum, opening hours and activities here: http://www.munch.museum.no/
On June 12 to 14 the museum is the arena for tine@munch music festival. How to get there:
SUBWAY: All lines pass Tøyen station. The museum is approximately 300 meters from the station.
BUS: Bus number 20 has an own stop called "Munchmuseet".
CAR: There are several parking options near the museum.
OTHER: The museum is accessible for people with physical disabilities.
Address for The Munch Museum is Tøyengata 53, 0578 Oslo, Norway. Phone number is +47 23 49 35 00.