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“Hidden mausoleum ”

Emanuel Vigeland Museum
Ranked #44 of 342 things to do in Oslo
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Owner description: Actually a mausoleum, this unusually-shaped building is decorated inside with an 800 square meter fresco which took Emanuel Vigeland 20 years to paint.
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

This place was a huge surprise. I was brought here by my father and I had no idea what to expect! When you get on the inside of the mausoleum, it is dark as in a coffin. The echo from the heavy entrance door bounces in the walls. Little by little, when your eyes gets used to the dark, you start recognizing the mural in the ceiling and on the walls around you. Emanuel, simular to his more famous brother Gustav Vigeland, has also captured the circle of life in his art work and after walking around in the dark you get to see new details the more you look. It’s a beautiful piece, dark in many more ways than just the lack of light. It is a bit far away from the touristic route, but you will get an experience very different from what you’ve ever seen before. Notice that it’s only open between 12.00-16.00 on Sundays!

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Reviewed 6 November 2017

My first visit was a thrill... not only the paintings itself (it`s demonic and massive and...) but also the ambience in the room... a darkness that surrounds u that becomes lighter when getting used to it, sucks u into the world of Vigeland that is in all ways a mentally dark, very dark one... and highly interesting... The soundscape coming from not uttering a sound (do NOT talk in there, the guards said to us before entering), but allows u to play with a HRMMM or a cof that makes a difference in that room... echoing between the walls, I was stunned.... Beautiful darkness!

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

Open only Sundays from 12-4 in the afternoon and located in an upscale residential neighborhood away from downtown, the planning and effort required of a tourist to see this unique artistic experience is worth it. Emanuel Vigeland's ashes are held in this mausoleum that he painted in floor to ceiling murals a la the Sistine Chapel. Above the diminutive entrance to the darkened and strategically lit chamber the patron is admonished "Everything created by God is pure". Remember this because your first impulse is to think this is the most unGodly place you have seen. Then as your eyes begin to adjust to the darkness, the subtlety and power of the art work takes you to a sublime otherworldly existence. Not only are you moved, the whole experience stays with you well after your departure. I am grateful for the experience and you will be too.

Thank PogiinSF
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Emanuel Vigerland Museum are a mausoleum this is his ønly work in his hole life as a werry good and talanted paiter he is Gustav Wigerlands little brother and if you are in Oslo for sure they guide you to his big park in Oslo West where he has a lot of skulpures naked mankind in life but back to his little brother I did not understand anything when a person got my there a sunday many years ago (only open and free sundays) Suddenly inside a little road for in the west side of Normarka who is the whood aroun Oslo it var a building of an dome in mimiatyr and I wondered what and I did not see any windows and the follower was wery exiting so we went inside ant here it was so dark but afther a little wild my eyes got use to the donkle light inside and it looked soo big he had painet the hole little catedral from the beeginning of life to the end and all in beautiful naked people in all times in life and if some dropped anything inside there its a exo so lard Its har to explain but it wort to have a look at if your in oslo its 15 minute whit subway to Holmekollen ski jump and of in vinneren sub way stysoin and Frognerseteren its the name on the subway

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Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you would like to see and experience something extraordinary then Emanuel Vigeland museum is a must see in Oslo. The most memorable museum I've visited.

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