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Oslo gets cool

What’s new in Oslo

The city has a new cultural and aesthetic buzz with a surge of openings. The Nasjonalmuseet, which opened in June, is the largest museum in the Nordics. It has over 80 rooms displaying 6500 artifacts all part of a collection created by the coming together of works from five other cultural institutions.

The new Munch museum opened in October 2021 to display the collection that Edvard Munch bequeathed to the city. You can’t miss Tracey Emin’s brand-new bronze sculpture, a 29ft-tall female nude lowered into its permanent home in front of the museum at the start of June. The Mother is in a wildflower meadow on the pier outside the museum facing towards the fjord, with sapling silver birch trees that will grow to cast shade on her, creating a new space in the city for people to enjoy.

Above: The Opera House in Oslo

Sommerro Hotel is found in the lovely Frognal district of the Norwegian capital, alongside elegant houses

fashionable shops. The iconic building was formerly the headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s electrical company and is a 1930s landmark. Today visitors are welcomed to the glamorous Art Deco property by decorated stone pillars at the entrance, a dramatic wrought iron staircase and huge murals by artist Per Krohg. His eye catching displays are found in the main hall, the former canteen and a feature wall in the basement public baths.

There are 246 rooms ranging from cosy lofts to sumptuous suites, each with rich period details combined with classic Norwegian functionality. They have oak parquet floors, hand-knotted rugs and sumptuous furnishings. Interesting artworks nod to the hotel’s historic electrical connections. The rooms have a lovely 1930s elegance with period details coupled with a sleek black and chrome bathroom.


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