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I want to explore Oslo and the region

How to get the best out of the Norwegian capital, you ask? We’ve got you! Read on for the most essential information you need to know in order to have a good time – from networking opportunities to cultural codes, music festivals, green living, getting around, and where to eat and drink.

  1. 01 Friends & networking in Oslo
  2. 02 Norwegian culture & public holidays
  3. 03 Arts & entertainment
  4. 04 Outdoor activities
  5. 05 Oslo for foodies (& other hungry people)
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03 Arts & entertainment

Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts and culture scene of Oslo, where world-class museums like Munch and the National Museum await. Explore diverse music venues such as Rockefeller and indulge in the excitement of summer music festivals. Immerse yourself in literature and cinema at Oslo's renowned cultural establishments.

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The Munch room at The National Museum.

Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen

Visual art

If you enjoy visual arts, visitingMunch,National Museum, andAstrup Fearnley should be on your to-do list.The Norwegian Opera and Ballet is a spectacular building in and of itself, and presents a whole host of performances from classical concerts to cutting edge contemporary ballet. Music venues such asRockefeller,Oslo Spektrum,Blå, andParkteatret bring you everything from indie rock to hip hop, withCosmopolite, andVictoria Nasjonal Jazzscene to make sure to keep you abreast with new world music, blues, and jazz.

Festivals, music, and entertainment

In the summer, Oslo is booming with music festivals.Øyafestivalen in August is one of the biggest ones, with a diverse line-up from around the world.Piknik i parken andOver Oslo are also popular choices for music fans.Litteraturhuset andDeichman library (with several branches around town) are national arenas for literature, knowledge and debate, and if you enjoy the cinema, make sure to visitGimle kino,Frogner kino, Vega scene, Colosseum kino, andOdeon Oslo at Storo. The latter has 14 different cinema halls that all have laser projection and DOLBY ATMOS sound, and the IMAX screen is the size of a five-storey house (!).

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Øya festivalen in Tøyen parken in 2017.

Photo: VisitOSLO/Tord Baklund

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Deichman library Bjorvika.

Photo: VisitOSLO/Didrick Stenersen