The Vigeland Museum is the result of a unique contract between Gustav Vigeland and the city of Oslo signed in 1921: The Municipality agreed to build a studio, residence and future museum for the artist and his work, and in return Vigeland donated nearly all his works, previous and future, to the city.
The museum was built in the 1920's with Lorentz Harboe Ree as executing architect. The building is one of the finest examples of Norwegian Neo-Classicism.
Vigeland moved into the new building in 1924, living in the apartment on the top floor of the east wing. Here he resided and worked until his death in 1943. From the tower in this majestic red brick building he had a beautiful view towards the fields of Frogner, where his great project, the park, soon was to be reality.
The museum, which opened in 1947, houses almost Vigeland's entire production; sculptures in plaster, granite, bronze, marble, works in wrought iron, thousands of drawings, woodcuts and woodcarvings. In the museum you will find the original plasters to his famous busts and monuments, in addition to the plaster models to the sculptures in the Vigeland Park.
Through the many rooms of the museum (almost an acre in extent) you can trace Vigeland's development from the expressive and slim figure style of the 1890's to the more classical balanced style of his in later years.