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Temporary Exhibitions


Isaac Julien, Omeros The Sea is History (Homage to Derek Walcott), 2002/2018
Time and place: Mar. 7, 2019Aug. 18, 2019, The Historical Museum

The Sea is History features work by contemporary artists who address issues of migration and displacement from both a historical and contemporary perspective.

Photo of an arched building in the ruined city of Ani
Time and place: Oct. 18, 2018Jan. 6, 2019, Historisk museum

The magnificent ruined city of Ani flourished 1000 years ago near the border between Turkey and Armenia. The exhibition presents this beautiful city and the ongoing conservation work. We also ask: how does the current political situation challenge the preservation of our common cultural heritage?

Image from the exhibition - the construction of a replica pharao
Time and place: Sep. 20, 2018Dec. 20, 2018, The Historical Museum

When Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Egypt in 1798, he brought with him an army of artists and engineers. The goal was to document the country from the smallest beetle to the largest pyramid. This would become the beginning of an Egyptomania that has captured the world for more than 200 years.

Time and place: June 22, 2018 5:00 PMAug. 26, 2018 5:00 PM, Historical Museum

Art of gay love in China and the Nordic countries meet in the Historical Museum. Throughout history, gay love has manifested itself in different ways. Art can act as a mirror image of love, and the vulnerability that comes with it. In this exhibition, artists from China and the Nordic Region unfold their lives, stories, dreams and lusts.

Illustration from the exhibition: unfocused figure seen through an opening
Time and place: Apr. 26, 2018, The Historical Museum

Doors and entrances stir our curiosity and make us wonder what’s on the other side. In this exhibition we explore how portals work as thresholds between separate worlds.

Time and place: Feb. 8, 2018 6:00 PM, Historical museum

How do we acquire knowledge about the past? For three years, visual artist Nina Torp has followed the archaeological investigations carried out in connection with the building of the new E18 motorway between Tvedestrand and Arendal in southern Norway.

Time and place: Sep. 29, 2017May 6, 2018, Historisk museum

Welcome to an exhibition about death and memory in a material world.  

Time and place: June 22, 2017 6:00 PMAug. 27, 2017 5:00 PM, Historical Museum

A groundbreaking exhibition portraying vibrant history - the «nightlife», culture and life related to bars, clubs and other venues for lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people in Norway. Gay Clubbing is the result of a collaborative project between Queer Archives (Skeivt arkiv) at the University Library in Bergen, the gallery Kunstplass 10 and the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

Orhan Pamuk
Time and place: May 23, 2017 10:00 AMOct. 15, 2017 4:00 PM, Historical Museum

Orhan Pamuk: The Art of Fiction offers a unique journey through Orhan Pamuk’s authorship, with The Museum of Innocence as the focal point. This is the first international exhibition highlighting the Nobel laureate’s  role both as a writer and an artist.

Time and place: Apr. 30, 2016June 12, 2016, Museum of Cultural History

In NyArktis, a collection of nationally and internationally known researchers working with the Arctic together experiment with new ways of exhibiting the Arctic. 

This exhibition should not only be seen, it should also be heard and felt. We challenge the audience to compare NyArktis to the Cultural History Museum's permanent Arctic Exhibition, and then considered - what is the Arctic to you?

Time and place: Oct. 16, 2015Apr. 30, 2019, The Historical Museum

Ten Sami Time Frames, a contemporary documentation of Sami life with photographs and texts, updates the Historical Museum’s permanent Arctic exhibition. Social anthropologist Jorunn Eikjok and photographer Ola Røe document various people’s lives in the countries that make up Sápmi (Samiland): areas in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Russia.

Time and place: June 19, 2015Aug. 2, 2015, Historical Museuem, 3rd floor

We are pleased to announce that the exhibition  "NLagreobody Passes" by Art Gender Art (france rose + Helle Grøndahl) will be available on the third floor in Historical Museum until Sunday August  2. The Exhibition was a part of the programme during OsloPride 2015 when Historical Museum was an arena for PrideHouse.

Just bling?
Time and place: June 12, 2015Oct. 2, 2016, Historical Museum

Why do people use jewellery? And who do we adorn ourselves for? Take it Personally presents stories of jewellery and adornment.

Time and place: Nov. 21, 2014Mar. 1, 2015, The Historical Museum

AGLA HAGLA is an art exhibition at the History Museum displaying brand-new artistic works: film and installation by the artist Petrine Vinje. Text by Karoline Kjesrud.

Time and place: May 17, 2014 11:00 AMJan. 4, 2015, Historical Museum

The Exhibition: For the Love of Freedom is University of Oslo`s main venue on the occasion of the bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution.

Photo-artist Lill-Ann Chepstow-Lusty and Professor Svein Harald Gullbekk were given a cartè-blanchè to curate an exhibition examining and prying into the heart of freedom, as seen in the crosslight of art and science.

Time and place: Feb. 1, 2014Dec. 31, 2014, The Historical Museum

A mini-exhibition that takes you on a journey through the Stone Age landscape of Vestfold and Telemark.

Time and place: Nov. 22, 2013Aug. 31, 2014, Historical Museum

In 1904, several sea chests filled with treasures arrived in Kristiania from Siam, today’s Thailand. Captain Theodor Ring had collected 250 pieces of colourful Bencharong porcelain, during his service in the Siamese navy.  Now he wanted to give his collection to two museums in Oslo.

Time and place: Sep. 13, 2013Sep. 7, 2014, Historical Museum

This exhibition explores the relation between fashion, luxury, craft, wealth, consumption and poverty in India.