Visiting addressMuseum of Cultural History (map)
Frederiks gate 2
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.