Visit to Vigeland Park, Oslo: how to get there, prices and advice

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Oslo is a Norwegian city with little choice compared to many other destinations in its own country, but this is understandable when you consider that Norway mainly attracts Northern Lights hunters. But we want you to discover one of Oslo's major attractions, Vigeland Park, one of the most beautiful art parks in europe and the largest sculpture complex in the world. Here is all the information you need!

Index

  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit Vigeland Park
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: it is located in the northern suburbs of Oslo, very far on foot (about 1 hour). However, if you are nearby you can get there via the Arnstein Arnebergs vei and Uranienborgvenien roads - Get directions
  • By bus: Line 20 to Frogner Plass
  • By tram: Line 12 to Frogner Plass

Hours and prices

The park is always open and with free access, while the museum is closed on Mondays and public holidays and can be accessed by paying a ticket. Admission is free with the purchase of the Oslo Pass city card which grants access to all Oslo attractions.



  • park always open and free. Museum from Tuesday to Sunday 10 am-00pm in summer, 17 pm-00pm in winter
  • full price for the museum 100 NOK (€ 9,40)
  • Reductions: students and groups of minimum 10 people 50 NOK (€ 4,70)
  • Free: under 18 and Oslo Pass holders

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit Vigeland Park

Vigeland Park extends within the Frogner Park and is divided into 5 areas each of which houses works by sculptor Gustav Vigeland. The areas are the gate, the bridge, the fountain, the terrace of the monolith and the wheel of life, but the visit of the park does not end here and continues inside the museum dedicated to the artist who contains his entire collection consisting of drawings, portraits and many other sculptures in bronze, marble, plaster and wrought iron. Here is more information on what you will find in the 5 areas and in the museum!



1 - The Gate

This is the main entrance to the park, but not the only one. The access point consists of a large wrought iron gate divided into smaller entrances, entirely decorated in bronze with dragons as the main theme.

2 - The Bridge

Immediately after the entrance is the second attraction of the park: the bridge. It is an imposing granite structure that is decidedly oversized compared to the channel below. Along its banks there are 58 bronze statues depicting men, women and children in life size, among which there is the statue that has become the symbol of the park, that of the furious child.

3 - The Fountain

The most important work in the park is undoubtedly the fountain. This large square basin reachable by crossing the bridge, is entirely made of bronze and in the center it has six statues depicting men of various ages holding the vase from which the water flows. All around it is surrounded by 20 tree-shaped sculptures.

4 - The Terrace of the Monolith

Immediately after the fountain there is a staircase along which there are sculptures of children and adults that leads to the highest part of the park. Here a large terrace awaits you dominated by a 17 meter high column on which 121 human figures intertwined and sculpted all on a single piece of granite are depicted.

5 - The Wheel of Life

Going down from the terrace you reach the Wheel of Life, the fifth and last thematic area of ​​the Vigeland Park. It is made up of 7 human figures that run after each other intertwining with each other and forming a circle that contains the theme of the life cycle of the human being from birth to death.



6 - Portrait Busts

We now move inside the museum where there are many interesting rooms containing many other works by Vigeland. The room of portrait busts is one of the most particular in the whole museum thanks to its multiple busts that each depict a historical figure, including King Oscar II.

7 - Monuments and Drawings

The room dedicated to monuments and drawings instead houses life-size sculptures and various drawings. The drawings were the work of the artist's imagination who noted his inspiration during his travels in order to create sketches destined to give life to new sculptures.

8 - Fountain Hall

The fountain room proposes the same fountain found in the park surrounded by tree sculptures, all of which are smaller in size. Although small, this work too has a great artistic value.


9 - Monolith Hall

This room, as the name suggests, houses several large and small sculptures and only and exclusively monoliths. All the works are in fact in granite and obtained from the processing of a single piece.

10 - Sketch Rooms

Even the name of this room already suggests the content. In fact, here are the so-called sketches, works of various kinds simply used by the artist to decorate his new apartment giving it a personal touch. It therefore ranges from ordinary paintings to textile works created in collaboration with his wife who wove since a young age.


Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00
  2. Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other attractions of the city you can buy the Oslo Pass and save on the admissions, for example in the Vigeland Museum admission becomes free. Find out more about the Oslo Pass
  3. Watch out for restrictions: in some attractions and museums it is not allowed to enter animals, bring water or food and take photographs, so read the sign at the entrance carefully
  4. Minimum time: the visit of the park and the museum does not take long. We advise you to consider about an hour.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

Vigeland Park and its museum were born in 1919 by the Oslo City Council which decided to donate a residence and a studio to the artist.

The pact between the two provided that the sculptor could live and work in that building within the park for his entire life but in exchange all his works would become, once he died, the property of the city to set up a museum. . Everything took place exactly according to the agreement, so Vigeland devoted his entire life to the creation of his works and, following his death, the house was transformed into a museum which today contains about 1.600 sculptures, 420 woodcuts and 12.000 drawings.

The main entrance to the park is the gate area, located on Kirkeveien, but since the entrance is free and free, it can still be accessed from any other point.


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