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Oslo finally gives Munch Museum move the go-ahead

New waterfront home for museum wins final approval

The long-stalled plan to build a new museum dedicated to Norway’s most famous painter is to become a reality. In February, Oslo’s city government gave the green light to the proposed new home for the Munch Museum on the city’s waterfront.

The project has been in the works since 2008, but was repeatedly delayed by concerns over costs. The city ultimately decided that an alternative location would not be cheaper than the newly approved venue, designed by Herreros Arquitectos and due to open in 2020.

Construction should not exceed NOK2.7bn (€290m), according to the Oslo government. The Munch Museum houses a collection of 1,100 paintings and several thousand multiples and drawings that the artist Edvard Munch donated to the city on his death in 1944.