The opening of the new National Museum, which is being built on the Vestbanetomta in Oslo, has been postponed for half a year and will not open until spring 2021.
The reason for the delay is that two critical deliveries for Statsbygg’s construction project are delayed.
The deliveries are linked to technical facilities and necessary security doors. The opening has therefore been postponed from autumn 2020 to spring 2021.
The National Museum’s director, Karin Hindsbo, thinks it is sad that the opening is being postponed.
“This is sad. We had been looking forward to opening the museum in the autumn of 2020 and have planned for that. Now we have to look at how to handle this in the best possible way,” says Hindsbo.
The largest in the Nordic countries
The new National Museum will be the largest art museum in the Nordic region, with around 5,000 works of art to be exhibited in the permanent exhibition.
The cost-ceiling on the museum building is NOK 6 billion and will not be affected by the delay, the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation said in a press release.
“When the new National Museum opens, we will have a magnificent building that will give generations of Norwegians good art experiences. It is also gratifying that we are completing such a complex construction project within the cost framework,” says Monica Mæland (Høyre/Conservative Party), Minister of Local Government.
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