Summer tours of the Royal Palace
King Carl Johan never had the chance to live in the Palace he commissioned. But this summer, 200 years after he became the King of Norway and Sweden, he is present as the focus of the annual exhibition.
The summer tours of the Royal Palace started up this weekend, and today there was a guided tour for the media. A special exhibition is mounted every year, and is part of the tour. This year, the exhibition is dedicated to King Carl Johan, who launched the building of the palace, and laid the cornerstone under what was to become the Palace Chapel on 1 October 1825.
Monarch and employer
The design for the Royal Palace in Oslo that architect Hans Ditlev Franciscus von Linstow originally presented to King Carl Johan showed a very different building. There was not enough funding to realise the original plans, but the Museum of Oslo has lent the Palace a model that shows what the architect originally envisioned. This elegant model is part of the exhibition, and is now standing in the Upper Vestibule.
The original design of the Palace building presented to King Carl Johan. Photo: Liv Osmundsen, The Royal Court
Carl Johan died before the Palace was completed, and thus never moved in. Whenever he visited Oslo, he stayed in the Royal Mansion that was used at that time. Some of his furniture from the Mansion has now been brought to the Palace. It is said that the king performed some of his tasks, such as dictating letters, from his bed before arising for the day. King Carl Johan’s bed, on loan from the Norsk Folkemuseum – Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, is on display in the Banqueting Hall.
Norsk Folkemuseum – Norwegian Museum of Cultural History has provided Carl Johan’s bed for the exhibition. Photo: Liv Osmundsen, The Royal Court
All visitors to the Palace must follow a guided tour. Tours are given every 20 minutes during opening hours in the summer season. In 2018, the Palace is open for guided tours from 23 June to 18 August.
Visitors are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance. A small number of tickets are available at the door for each tour, but these sell out quickly.
The guided tour takes visitors through some of the most important and lovely rooms, like the Cabinet Parlour, the Council Chamber and the most beautiful guest room in the Palace - the King Haakon VII Suite.
The upper vestibule is located directly behind the Palace balcony, where the Royal Family stands to greet the children’s parade in Oslo on May 17th. Photo: Jan Haug, The Royal Court.
We visit the Bird Room where all those seeking an audience with His Majesty The King wait to be announced, as well as the Ballroom and the Banqueting Hall. During a gala dinner at the Royal Palace, more than 200 people will dine there.
Opening hours 2019
The Royal Palace will be open for guided tours from 22 June until 25 August.
Opening hours during the season: Every day 10:00-17:00
Please note: Due to events at the Palace there are some exceptions:
- 19 July: Open from 13:00
- 9 August: Open from 12:00
- 16 August: Open from 12:00
- 19 August: Closed
Tours are given in Norwegian every twenty minutes.
Tours are given in English every day at 12:00, 14:00, 14:20 and 16:00.
Tickets for guided tours of the Palace are available through ticketmaster.no from 1 March each year.
In the season, a small number of tickets are available at the door for the next tour. Please note that these tickets sell out quickly.
The ticket prices 2019:
- Adults: NOK 140
- Children (3-12 years old), seniors and students: NOK 110
- Children under 3: free admission
- Escorts of persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge.
- Tickets reserved in advanced for private groups of 30 persons: NOK 110 per person.
- Combination ticket for the Royal Palace + Queen Sonja Art Stable: NOK 200
Congratulations are presented today from His Majesty King Harald to His Excellency Mr Egils Levits, President of the Republic of Latvia.
World Heritage at Vega
In 2004, UNESCO inscribed the Vega Archipelago on the World Heritage List. Today His Royal Highness The Crown Prince was in attendance to open the new Vega Archipelago World Heritage Centre – Norway’s first authorised centre of its kind.