Munkedamsveien 15
Phone: +47 23 49 36 00
Fax: +47 23 49 36 10
Website: http://www.stenersen.muse

The Stenersen Museum

The Stenersen Museum, which is located right in the heart of the capital, is part of the City of Oslo’s Art Collections. It houses three private art collections, all of which were donated to the city at one time or another: Rolf E. Stenersen’s Collection, Amaldus Nielsen’s Collection and Ludvig O. Ravensberg’s Collection. Exhibition space in the Museum totals about 1800m2, spread over three floors.

The Museum also organises exhibitions of Norwegian and international art, mainly of a contemporary nature.

Permanent Collection

Rolf E. Stenersen’s Collection
In 1936 the prominent financier, author and art collector Rolf E. Stenersen (1899–1978) donated his collection of Norwegian art to the Municipality of Aker, which was later merged with the City of Oslo. The Collection consists of approximately 300 paintings and a large number of works on paper. In addition to the central collection of paintings, watercolours and prints by Edvard Munch, the collections contains examples of Norwegian Modernism from the inter-war years by Ludvig Karsten, Rolf Nesch, Olav Strømme, Kai Fjell, Bjarne Engebret and Erik Harry Johannessen among others.

Amaldus Nielsen’s Painting Collection
There are almost 300 paintings and 100 drawings in Amaldus Nielsen’s Painting Collection, works that date from the whole of the artist’s working life. In 1933, on the 95th anniversary of Amaldus Nielsen’s birth, his family donated the collection to the City of Oslo. Nielsen studied under Hans Gude in Düsseldorf and Karlsruhe. He is especially known as the ‘painter of the South’, i.e. Southern Norway, but has also depicted other areas of the country. Not least his sketches and smaller works bear witness to his close relationship to nature.

Ludvig O. Ravensburg’s Painting Collection
This Collection was donated to the City of Oslo by the artist’s widow in 1972. It contains almost 160 works by Ravensburg (1871–1958), a relation of Edvard Munch’s. Ravensburg was not particularly active in the artistic circles of his day. Typical of his works is their naive and burlesque humour. He is especially known for his scenes of everyday life in the capital, occasionally with well-known figures caught in charact...+ [ Read all ]


Jan Christensen
All Those Moments Will Be Lost

January 17 - March 9

Objects, installation

Sound elements by Johnny Skalleberg and Rolf-Yngve Uggen

Jan Christensen, a young Norwegian artist living in Berlin, is quite known from different exhibtions world wide. His works are often related to important discourses conserning contempory art, its values and goals. For this exhibition he has collected lamps from the Bauhaus-period up to now. Chosen objects will construct installations which will interact with the sound made by Skalleberg and Uggen.


The Hot Season Italian Art Now

January 17 - March 9

Curated by Bartolomeo Pietromarchi og Lorella Scacco

This is first time we present the new generation of Italian video artists in Norway. Among the themes presented, the artists specially focus upon social and fictional issues. The participating artists are: Rä Di Martino, Lorenzo Scotto Di Luzio, Elisabetta Benassi, the artist groups ZimmerFrei and Vedovamazzei.

This exhibition is a cooperation between Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, Roma, and The Stenersen Museum, Oslo. The Norwegian artist Siri Hermansen opens her exhibition in Fondazione Adriano Olivetti, April 17. Curator is Selene Wendt, director of The Stenersen Museum.


Modern Norwegian Art Photography

October 11, 2007 - January 27, 2008

This exhibtion presents the development of Norwegian art photography the last thirty years. The relatively long period will partly be presented historically. Central works from the period will be on the show. A presentation of modern Norwegian art photographers f...+ [ Read all ]

Previous Exhibitions

Equatorial Rhythms
September 28 – December 30, 2007 Please visit our documentation from the exhibition: Equatorial Rhythms

Curator: Selene Wendt

Equatorial Rhythms focused on the art and music of countries that have deep-rooted, indigenous musical traditions that are unique to each participating country – musical traditions that are anchored in the national identities and daily lives of the people of these countries.
By presenting both art and music by artists from the selected countries, and in many instances a crossover between art and music, the synergy between art and music came to the fore. All in all, the complex cultural issues addressed throughout the exhibition contributed to an extensive, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural dialogue – one that runs both North/South and East/West.
There was a focus on art from the Caribbean/South America, Africa and Asia; through art and music from Jamaica, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Trinidad, Ethiopia, Morocco, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Artist list: Kader Attia, Kristin Bergaust/Alexis Parra, Kjetil Berge, Sergio Bernardes/Guilherme Vaz, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Albert Chong, Christopher Cozier, Heri Dono/Jompe, Andrew Dosunmu, Theo Eshetu, Satch Hoyt, Alfredo Jaar, Kimsooja, Yvette Mattern, Salem Mekuria, Lamia Naji, Olu Oguibe, Eder Santos, Paulo Vivacqua, Vu Nhat Tan

The Stenersen Museum and Du store verden! collaborate on this exhibition

------------------------------Sally Mann
June 21 – September 30, 2007

This exhibition focused on three of Sally Mann’s art projects, starting with her breakthrough as an artist, the photographic suite “Immediate Family”...+ [ Read all ]

Exhibitions (3)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Henrik Saxgren War and Love

February 7 - April 27

Photography - About immigration to the Nordic countries

War and love has literally brought these people to the remote cold north. Why did they wish to settle that far north, many of them close to the Polar Circle? The Danish photographer Henrik Saxgren has potraited more than 80 immigrated families in their new homes.


2 Move / Migratory Aesthetics
March 27 - May 11

Migratory Aesthetics conserns the movement of people and the movement of images and how both movements, real and imagenary, provoke 'movements of sprit' or 'imotions'. It is, then, a double movement: images which move and which move us.

The aesthetic dimension of the exhibition develops in two directions: the influence of immigrants in the culture of host countries, especially in the public space; and the influence of these countries in the subjective relationships of immigrants with their homelands.


From October 1 - April 1: Free entrance
Rest of the year: Adults NOK 45. Children, Students and Pensioners NOK 25.

Opening hours

Daily 11–17, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11–19, Mondays closed.

Christmas: closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; open Boxing Day and 27–30 December 11–17; closed New Year’s Eve
Closed 1 January
Easter: closed Monday Thursday and Long Friday; open Holy Saturday 11–17; closed Easter Sunday and Monday
Ascension Day 11–17
Whitsun Saturday and Whitsunday 11–17; closed Monday
Closed 1 May and 17 May

Getting there

About 5 minutes walk from the National Theatre, Oslo Town Hall or Aker Brygge.


Toilets, shop, café, first aid, and cloakroom. The Museum has facilities for disabled people. Enter through the Munkedamsveien entrance on the ground floor. Each floor can be reached by lift. There are bathroom facilities for disabled people too.

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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Gallery tours:
Tours must be booked in advance. For bookings call 23 49 36 00 or fax 23 49 36 10 or e-mail post@stenersen.museum.no

Tour rates: before 3 p.m. Tuesdays–Fridays 700 NOK + 25 NOK each person
After 3 p.m. and all day Saturdays and Sundays: 1200 NOK + 25 NOK each person
Outside normal opening hours: Prices tol be discussed
Tours for kindergartens and school classes: see school service