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Emanuel Vigeland Museum

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Address: Grimelundsveien 8, Oslo 0775, Norway
Phone Number: +47 22 14 57 88
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Actually a mausoleum, this unusually-shaped building is decorated inside...

Actually a mausoleum, this unusually-shaped building is decorated inside with an 800 square meter fresco which took Emanuel Vigeland 20 years to paint.

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Tribute to the dead artist

Emanuel Vigelands mausole is oslo's most secret art-experience. Just a couple of opening hours every sunday, hidden amongst villas on the West - the building and paintings on the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Oslo, Norway
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Emanuel Vigelands mausole is oslo's most secret art-experience. Just a couple of opening hours every sunday, hidden amongst villas on the West - the building and paintings on the wall gives you a sacral meeting with death and fear of ones mind - and the cremated artist is among us inside there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Not for everyone, but we went there as a family (9 year old girl in tow), took our time as suggested and were rewarded with a fascinating experience. It is only one room, the paintings and sculptures are rather graphic (depicting the cycle of life, from conception to death) and we spent about an hour adjusting to the low light... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

A stunning experience, total quiteness, existencial experience, erotic images, stay for at least so long tha your eyes get accostomised to the dark and so that all the art appears. The museum is open only on Sunday afternoons, so plan your trip!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This place is just amazing... and it improves if (a) you stick to the 'rules' of entry whilst in the museum (NB: whispering = talking, guys!) and (b) you stay there for longer than you might at first think is worth your while: I stayed for well over an hour, and was rewarded for my time... it just keeps on... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Quicquid Deus creavit purum est (Everything God has created is clean). This is written above the low door where everyone over a certain body height must succumb in the mausoleum where Emanuel Vigeland itself is located in an urn into its dim and monumental works: Vita / Life. In this dim lit and acoustic space where the eyes must habituating... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

Only open for a few hours on a Sunday, but I love this attraction. It is not the easiest place to get to, I believe most people in Oslo don't even know where it is. This is a mausoleum for the artist who decorated it. I think they only allow 6 or 8 people in at a time. Upon entering... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

This museum is a must if you're visiting Oslo. It's magical. I won't say more as to not spoil the experience, but if you're into art this place is it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

If you want an experience out of the ordinary you need to get to this museum. Calling it a museum is a bit odd, as it is a "frescoed mausoleum". You get through a small door and into one great hall where the dark and the acoustics along with the beautiful yet disturbing pictures provides you with a near complete... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

It's a not very known place, but it's well worth a visit. Go into the mausoleum and be there for at least half a hour to adjust your sight to the dark premises. It's not recommended to bring young children. It's important that you can stay completely noiseless for time being inside. The lightening is not soo good. It should... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

This small, out of the way *cathedral* for lack of a better term has all the atmosphere of a holy place. I have read that they have concerts here, the way it sounds I can only imagine how beautiful a recital would be here. (Though likely they will not have it in the dark) - if visiting check ahead for... More 

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