Vigeland Museum (Vigeland-museet)

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Just south of the sprawling Vigeland Park lies the Vigeland Museum, an art museum filled with sculptures, portrait busts, sketches and more. The property is named after local artist Gustav Vigeland, whose former studio and apartment were converted into a museum following his death in 1943. The attraction's collection primarily features works made by Vigeland, including approximately 12,000 drawings, 1,600 sculptures and 420 woodcuts. The museum's standout exhibit is its room of original plaster models Vigeland used to create the 200-plus sculptures in Vigeland Park.

Although a few former visitors were not impressed with Vigeland's sculptures, many suggest checking out the property, especially if you have an Oslo Pass (which covers the museum's entrance fee). One recent traveler noted that additional information (in English) is available on laminated cards inside each exhibit, but for even more background about Vigeland and his pieces, you can sign up for a guided group tour in English. Rates start at 500 to 1,000 kroner per group, depending on the number and age of participants.

The Vigeland Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday between 10 a.m. or noon and 4 or 5 p.m. If you don't have an Oslo Pass, each ticket will cost you 80 kroner (less than $10) per adult and 40 kroner (roughly $5) for every senior, student and child age 7 to 17. Kids 6 and younger get in for free. Admissions include access to all of the museum's exhibits, and a gift shop, a cafe and restrooms are available by Vigeland Park's entrance. To get to the museum, which sits in Oslo's Frogner neighborhood, you can take the No. 20 bus or the No. 12 tram to Frogner plass station. There's also a fee-based parking lot on-site. Visit the Vigeland Museum website to find out more.

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