Norway sets opening date for its $ 723 million mega museum
The national museum of Norway, billed as the largest museum in the country, is scheduled to open on June 11, 2022.
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, as it is officially called, is a project under construction for more than 7 years. It was originally slated to be inaugurated in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic halted plans. Now, work has resumed and the Oslo-based museum will debut in 2022.
The mega-museum will bring together three of Norway’s largest art collections: the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kunstindustrimuseet. All of these 3 museums have closed in the past 5 years. From now on, their combined collection, which numbers around 5,000, will adorn the walls of the National Museum. Perhaps the most famous of its many impressive works of art is The Scream by Edward Munch – one of the world’s most iconic works of art.
The sprawling mega-museum will be built over 54,000 square meters of space. Of this total, 13,000 square meters would be devoted to exhibition space alone. This will make it the largest museum not only in Norway, but also in the entire Nordic region. The total cost of the project is estimated at $ 723 million. The museum will have two floors, 90 galleries, cafes and the largest library in the country. One of the highlights of the museum is the Hall of Lights – an exhibition space of 2,400 square meters on the roof, reserved for special shows.
While the museum still has a long way to go before it is ready for its debut, the government is eager to share the project with the public. As such, parts of the museum have been opened to the general public. The move is also expected to attract investors and sponsors.