Oslo City Hall (Oslo Radhus)

Fridtjof Nansens plass, Oslo

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Oslo City Hall is the seat of Oslo City Council. The building was inaugurated in 1950.

Oslo City Hall is designed by architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson. It is built of red brick. The building has two towers 63 and 66 meter tall. The overall building features Brutalist, Postmodern and Expressionist architectural styles.

The interiors of the building are decorated with great Norwegian art-works from 1900-1950, with motifs from Norwegian history, as well as culture. Eight painters and 17 sculptors were hired to decorate the city hall.

Various important events and ceremonies take place in the City Hall, including the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. It also holds concerts on the first Wednesday of every month at 1 pm.

City Hall is located in downtown Oslo, the Pipervika neighbourhood. Pre-booked tours through the lavishly designed Hall are available. It is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 16:00

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Reviews

  • Lucas Kovács

    5
    - 07 August 2018 -

    It might not seem much form the outside, and many people might find it boring or not interesting at all. But when you walk in, and start seeing the incredible pieces of art made mostly by paints, and the different themed rooms you’ll probably put this place as one of Oslo’s highlights. Locals will tell you “the inside beauty is what it counts”, if they’re asked what they think about this building. Inside you’ll find a few rooms that are completely covered with big paints, and great histories behind them. There are a few tours that you can take, although if you’re short on time you can walk by yourself inside and read a few texts that are set in each room. The entrance is for free. On the outside, on the side walls of the main entrance you’ll see a few sculptures made of wood that are worth seeing.

  • Pierros Zevolis

    5
    - 02 August 2018 -

    An impressive city hall, which is visible from many spots of the city and the port. There are some interesting and beautiful wall paintings.

  • Jenny Qian

    5
    - 07 July 2018 -

    I didn’t know I’d be so intrigued by this place but it was probably one of the highlights of my stay here in Oslo. If you go, though, you MUST do the tour. I had a tour with Simon and he was EXTREMELY informative, giving details on each of the rooms, the artwork and the furniture, etc. He was very keen to answer any questions, and I was pleasantly surprised by the hall’s history (and that of Norway, in general). I even visited it again due to its great location!! I don’t want to give anything away, but the tour is amazing. If I hadn’t gone on it, to be honest I’d probably think it were just a building with some nice art inside and some council events...

  • Dipankar Halder

    5
    - 28 June 2018 -

    I have hardly seen such a rich place in history. The whole place is a historic marvel. Loved it. I had 3 of it's floors open for tourists, it took around 3 hours to see only that part. The paintings are amazing, as well as the furniture. There is no entry fee to enter this monument. one can have lovely views of the fjords from it's balcony.

  • Cherry Chau

    5
    - 02 June 2018 -

    A pleasant surprise to the inside of the building! Love the art design inside every individual walls inside all rooms/hall. I was lucky enough to join a free 45min English tour at 12pm, and learn about the connection between Norway’s history and the art pieces presented in each room.

  • Rebecca Thompson

    5
    - 21 May 2018 -

    Oslo city hall is such an incredible place to visit when seeing Oslo. Not only is it free but it features amazing designs on the inside walls which depict a story of Norway’s past and traditions. Very fascinating to walk around and observe. They also have bells that ring every hour on the hour to a variety of tunes/songs.

  • yatisha verma

    5
    - 10 May 2018 -

    Oslo city is a very good place to travel. I took a Fjörd island tour here it was for 2 hours and u can get ferry just at the waterfront of Rådhuset. Give it a try it's gonna be an amazing guided trip in multiple languages.

  • Anthony Kiong

    5
    - 19 January 2018 -

    A very nice place to visit. The artworks look a bit weird but maybe it was done in the 60s i guess, so the taste at that time. There is a toilet that is huge at the basement and it is free to use. This is one place in Oslo that is free to visit and use the toilet.

  • Victor Wang

    5
    - 15 January 2018 -

    Great spot to visit a big part of the Norwegian government and view some cool paintings and sculpture as well as a ubqiue building.

  • Macarena Robles

    3
    - 09 January 2018 -

    Unline the outside of the building, the inside is beautiful and interesting. There are nice murals and tapestries.

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