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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 8 Oslo’s Film Museum

Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 8 Oslo’s Film Museum

I love movies. You love movies. Everybody loves movies, that is why a visit to the Filmmuseet in Oslo is exactly the right thing. You will love the place. It features a nicely presented selection of displays on the history of film making. But there is more.


The museum is located at the Filmens Hus building, that has eight film-themed levels. Classic movies are screened five nights a week in the same building at the Cinemateket.

Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


There are great inventions like Edison’s kinetoscope, a device that screened the very first motion pictures. Only seconds long, the short sequences of black-and-white blur, could be viewed only by one person at a time, by looking through a peephole-viewer, on top of a wooden casket. It caused a major hype at the end of the 19th century.

Kinetoscope Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


I learned that the principles behind the camera obscura were already mentioned by Aristotle about 350 years BC. I also learned that it is a long way from that first idea to its implementation. I think I might just forget to see 3D holographic technology on video come true.

Camera Obscura Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


You can watch clips of old films, funny silent, black-and-white shorts or sad WWII documentaries. You can meet Norwegian stars (on pictures) and count all popular Norwegian films presented in tiny squares which make a huge picture-movie wall.

Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


The Filmmuseet is a place for movie lovers but foremost for lovers. Lights are dim, corridors are black, the miniature movie theater has about ten seats and dark corners (to make out).

Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


Silent short on perpetual travel. (Actor bends over actress to kiss her.)
Dasza Parker: “You know what, when we started out, I thought we was really goin’ somewhere. This is it. We’re just goin’, huh?”
Tomek Barrow: “I love you.”

Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


C’mon, everyone at the museum is doing it.

Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


There is one part, which screens censored movie clips. The scenes are about as aggressive, vulgar or pornographic as the adventures of Tom & Jerry.
Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo
Corridors are lined with old stars. Glamorous actors and actresses give you their greatest smile and show off their wardrobe.
Film museum / Filmmuseet Oslo


That’s it folks, another great day in Oslo.

FAQs: Filmens Hus, Dronningens gt. 16, Oslo. The entrance to the museum is free.

P.S. We are currently in Budapest, going vegan.

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