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“Emanuel Vigeland Museum One hidden gem in Oslo”

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 11 January 2018

This place are a hidden gem for romantic couples visiting Oslo. So few tourist hasn`t discovered this place yet

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Reviewed 22 December 2017

I’ve been around.
NEVER have i’ve had a museum experience like this.
Dark ? Yes. (be patient)
I have visited the place 4-5 times.
Everytime it gives you something new.
It takes me a full 45-50 minutes to recognize all the details.
So please - for your own sake: take the time necessary to get the full experience.
It’s run by an idealistic organisation.

3  Thank Ola O
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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!

Thank SynneG
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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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