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Music lovers and architecture enthusiasts alike won't want to miss a visit to this modern opera house. Located in the western part of Gamle Oslo, the Oslo Opera House features a contemporary design inspired by glaciers floating in the adjacent Oslo Fjord. Noteworthy details include floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden interior accents and an asymmetrical roof that visitors can walk on. The venue hosts performances by The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, Norway's largest music and performing arts organization, throughout the year.
Past travelers praised the Oslo Opera House's beautiful architecture and incredible city views, adding that its design is the main reason to visit. Those who watched an opera here also appreciated having access to programmable LED screens at their seats for lyric translations. If you want to see the inside without buying a performance ticket, several previous visitors recommend joining one of the property's guided tours. Each 50-minute tour includes behind-the-scenes glimpses of spaces like the main stage, a costume workshop and a scene painting room.
The opera house itself is free to visit, but indoor tours cost 120 kroner (less than $15) per adult and 70 kroner (about $8.50) for each child between 4 and 16. Discounted rates are available for visitors with an Oslo Pass. English tours start Sunday through Friday at 1 p.m. Charges also apply for opera and ballet performances. The opera house grounds welcome visitors 24 hours a day, but most on-site amenities, including the gift shop and several bars and restaurants, are only open on performance days. To get to the venue, travelers can take one of several buses to the Tollboden stop, ride the No. 17 tram to the Bjørvika station, or walk from nearby attractions like Akershus Fortress and Karl Johans gate. For more information, visit the Oslo Opera House's website.
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