The Vigeland Sculpture Park is the number one tourist attraction in Oslo. It is also the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist. It is the lifework of Gustav Vigeland with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron. The park was mainly completed between 1939-1949. Vigeland was also in charge of the design and architectural layout of the 80 acres area of the park.
The theme of the sculptures is man's journey from the cradle to the grave through happiness and sorrow, through health and sickness, through hope and disillusionment and through dreams of eternal life. In addition to the park, there is also a Vigeland Museum in the park dedicated to preserving the works of Gustav Vigeland.
I visited the park with my tour guide Rami, who manages Oslo Photo Tour. First we took an outside tour of the (park) owner's house that was built in the 18th century. The glass windows being 40 or 50 years old were curved, the curtains were old fashioned, and places where windows were missing, were painted like a window for quicker and cheaper restoration.
Opening hours & fees
Free entrance, open 24h.
Majorstua / Frogner, Oslo west.
Main entrance from Kirkeveien.
Bus 20 or tram 12 to the Vigeland Park. All westbound lines (T-bane) to Majorstuen station.
By car, follow Ring 2 to Majorstuen, Kirkeveien.
Limited parking with parking charge at the main entrance at Kirkeveien. Alternative parking with parking charge along Monolittveien, on the west side of the park, or in Middelthunsgate, at Frognerbadet.
Vigeland Visiting Centre is located inside the main gate near the café and the souvenir shop (that sells products related to Gustav Vigeland's work).