King Oscar I from Sweden and Queen Josephine from Norway and Sweden, commissioned a palace to be built in Oslo. The summer palace was designed by Johan Henrik Nebelong and built from the years 1847 through 1852. The palace was named Oscarshall and throughout the Bernadotte dynasty it was a favorite party venue for royalty. In 1881, the palace was opened as a museum for the public by King Oscar II.
The palace along with the secondary buildings and the park that surrounds it are considered to be one of the best examples for neo-gothic architecture in the country. It is also one of the most important displays of National Romantic style. This style was extremely popular in the country during this time frame.
The interior of the palace was constructed and decorated by artisans and artists from Norway. The dining hall walls showcase paintings by Adolph Tidemand and Joachim Frich. The furniture and the decoration in the drawing room is in the old Norwegian guildhall style.
The palace was sold to the state by King Carl IV in the year 1863. It is now a state property that can be used by the king at any time.
From 2005 through 2009, a total renovation of the palace was completed. Once the renovations were finished the palace was open to the public again. Visitors may now take guided tours of the palace and the grounds. The Queen Josephine gallery was opened by Queen Sonja in 2013. This gallery offers featured prints and graphic prints by her majesty.
Oscarshall Slott Photo Gallery
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