New MUNCH museum in Oslo is officially open

Munch MuseumOn October 22, 2021, the new Munch Museum opened in Bjørvika in Oslo. Photo: Erik Johansen / NTB
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Much awaited! The new MUNCH in Oslo museum has officially opened its doors to the public.

Norway’s King Harald and Queen Sonja officiated the official opening of the new Munch Museum in Bjørvika in Oslo.

Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre (Labor Party) and Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt were also present at the official opening on Friday, October 22, 2021, at 5 PM.

Reduced opening hours

Even before the Munch Museum officially opened, the museum had to reduce its opening hours to save money.

The plan was for the museum to be open twelve hours every day throughout the week. Now, they plan to cut an hour every day on average, wrote Avisa Oslo.

“The City Council’s proposal is that the opening hours be reduced corresponding to seven hours each week in 2022,” the letter stated.

MUNCH Director Stein Olav Henrichsen explained that the museum was told Oslo Municipality must save money due to the corona pandemic. However, he does not think the cut in opening hours will have major consequences.

“We will spread these hours at times when there are generally few visits, and it should go quite smoothly. In the evening before and after Christmas, people like to have other things to do,” Henrichsen thinks.

In the budget for 2022, the municipality allocated NOK 300 million to operate the new MUNCH building, which cost NOK 2.7 billion to build.

Source: ©️ NTB Scanpix / #NorwayTodayTravel

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