Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The national pride of Norway in the field of belles-lettres, playwright and poet Henrik Ibsen is recognized as the founder of the modern drama, and alongside William Shakespeare, he is the most performed playwright in the world. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

Several of his later dramas were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theater was expected to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen's later work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. 

EXHIBITION 

The Ibsen Museum is situated in Henrik Ibsen's home in Oslo where the writer spent the last 11 years of his life and wrote his last two plays. 

The Museum managed to keep the authentic interior and Ibsen's furniture. In particular, the writer’s study looks exactly the same as when Ibsen used it. The interior of other rooms was restored to the way it was when Ibsen and his wife Suzannah lived there. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The most famous room in the Museum is the bedroom where the writer died on May 23rd, 1906. According to the legend, when the nurse attending him told a visitor that he was a little better, Ibsen contradicted her with “On the contrary” ("Tvert imod") and died. What Herr Henrik really meant remains a mystery. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

The Ibsen Museum was founded by Knut Wigert in June 1990 and was withdrawn to Norsk Folkemuseum in March 1993. Since then, The Ibsen Musuem has been a part of Norsk Folkemuseum. 

OPENING HOURS 

The Summer Season 

From 15 May to 14 September: Monday-Sunday 11:00 – 18:00. 

Admittance to Ibsen’s apartment only with guided tours. Monday-Sunday at 11:00 – 17:00 every hour on the hour. Only 15 persons per guided tour. Visitors can buy tickets to later guided tours the same day. The tour takes approximately 30 min. 

The Winter Season 

From 15 September to 14 May: Monday-Sunday: 11:00 – 16:00 Thursdays until 18:00. 

Admittance to Ibsen’s apartment only with guided tours. Tuesday-Sunday from 11.00 – 15:00 every hour on the hour. On Thursdays also 16:00 and 17:00. Only 15 persons per guided tour. Visitors can buy tickets to later guided tours the same day. The tour takes approximately 30 min. 

Mysteries of the Ibsen Museum

Entrance Fees 

Including guided tour of Ibsen's apartment: 
  • Adults: NOK 115 
  • Students, seniors and groups: NOK 75 
  • Children: NOK 30 
  • Children under 6 years: Free 
  • Families: NOK 230 

Address: Henrik Ibsens gate, 26. 


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