Architecture at the University of Oslo

The University of Oslo manages a large number of historical buildings. Many play an important part in the Norwegian history of architecture.

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Published June 28, 2019 10:45 AM

In 1902, the University’s three museums dedicated to cultural history moved into a brand new museum building. Opinions about the new museum were fiercely divided. Combining Norwegian antiquities with European Art Nouveau was, according to one professor, as inappropriate as dressing a pig in a top hat and tails.

Published June 28, 2019 10:44 AM

The University’s Astronomical Observatory from 1833 is one of the oldest buildings built for the University. Here Professor Hansteen worked on astronomy, surveying, time and geomagnetism. Parts of the architect Grosch’s neo-classical building were in themselves a large scientific instrument.