Day 6 - June 17 - OSLO

Last night I was reading my Eyewitness Travel Guide to Norway to try to help me fall asleep (it's light out until almost midnight so it's hard to sleep). I read about the Museum for Samtidkunst (Museum of Contemporary Art), and realized I had been sitting on a bench there two days earlier resting after visiting the Resistance Museum.  I had decided to not go in at the time but kept staring at the building not realizing its significance.

Museum of Contemporary Art facade

Museum of Contemporary Art facade

It turns out that the museum is in the former Norges Bank building, the building where Thor worked while living in Oslo during the 1920s and 30s. If you look underneath the letters of the museum name, you can still see the Norges Bank letters, something that I had missed two days ago.

Norges Bank letters undeneath the current museum letters on the facade

Norges Bank letters undeneath the current museum letters on the facade

I had to wait 1 1/2 hours for the museum to open so I could be the first one in the building. I wanted to experience what it was like for Thor to go to work here each day. I was hoping to get a sense of his environment by looking carefully at the interior architecture and design. I have to say I was lucky to read the guide book last night (not sure why I missed this before I got to Norway), and also lucky because the museum is closing soon in order to move to a new location with its partner museums in 2020. 

There was no one working there today (Saturday) to talk to about the building and Monday is closed. I will be emailing them to hopefully arrange another visit during my last week in the area, the first week of July, to get a tour of other floors where additional offices might be that are currently off limits to the public.

Left photo is of the bank in 1906, courtesy of Riksantikvaren

(The other three photographs are mine - shot today)

Second floor hallway

Second floor hallway