Guided tours of Oslo City Hall
A guided tour provides an insight into the history of Norway and the City Hall, conveyed through art and architecture. See prices, times, booking form and which guided tours you may choose from.
The City Hall building
Oslo City Hall welcomes groups to tour the building by appointment. Explore the great history, architecture and art through our tours led by our passionate and knowledgeable guides. Guided tours offer an extraordinary opportunity for your group to make the most out of your visit.
The City Hall is a busy working building that hosts a range of activities.
If a particular focus is preferred, please let us know in the comment section in the booking form and we will do our best to compliment your preference.
Free guided tours of the City Hall summer 2023
We offer free guided tours of the City Hall in June, July and August.
The tours take place every day from 19 June to 30 August. There are three tours every day starting at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00. (There will be no tours 17 and 18 August.)
- Meeting point is in the Great Hall.
- The tours are conducted in Norwegian and English.
- The tours last 45 minutes.
- The theme is a “classic tour”, where you will learn about the history, art and ideas behind the City Hall.
- It is not possible to book a place on these tours in advance.
Until 1 August, both floors in the building are open for tours, while after 1 August only the Great Hall will be accessible.
About the private guided tours
Some galleries are not be available during the tour, and changes may occur on short notice.
Tours last approximately 45 minutes and covers multiple galleries.
All visitors must pass through our security check to enter the City Hall. Queues may occur and some waiting time should be calculated.
Guided tours are available in Norwegian, English, German, Spanish and French.
Guided visits are limited to 30 people. Groups larger than 30 will be divided into smaller groups and will be booked with additional guides.
The Carillon tours are limited to 12 people. Groups of more than 12 must be booked into different time slots.
Prices listed are per tour group of 30 people, or 12 people (Carillon tour).
- Monday to Friday: 10:00–16:00: NOK 2271, 16:00–19:00: NOK 2829
- Saturday to Sunday: 09:00–16:00: NOK 2829
- Monday to Friday: 10:00–16:00: NOK 3747, 16:00–19:00: NOK 4882
- Saturday to Sunday: 09:00-16:00: NOK 5451
Book a private guided tour
Please send your booking request using the following link:
Cancellation and payment/refund policy
Oslo City Hall is an active political building with many activities. The City Hall reserves the right to cancel, change or alter any booked guided tour. We will make every effort to communicate changes to all parties, and we will make every reasonable attempt to reschedule your visit.
Cancellations or changes to a reservation by a participant will be accepted via e-mail: email@example.com, and must be received by the stated cancellation deadline. It is the registrant’s responsibility to ensure the cancellation or change is received and approved within the deadline.
Changes to your reservation must be made three (3) business days prior to the scheduled visit to receive a refund. If a cancellation is made less than three (3) business days before the scheduled visit, the full tour fee will be charged. If Oslo City Hall cancelled your registered tour and the program cannot be rescheduled, the tour fee will not be issued.
Our private guided tours
Oslo City Hall – highlights
Explore some of the City Hall’s most famous objects on this guided highlights tour. Learn more about the building’s great history, architecture, and art.
An architectural treasure inside and out, Oslo City Hall is one of the country's most iconic buildings. The architects Arnstein Arneberg and Magnus Poulsson had a clear idea of what they wanted the building to represent, and artists such as Henrik Sørensen, Alf Rolfsen, Else Poulsson and Per Krogh were amongst the many artists who helped to substantiate the architects' vision. The diverse artistic expressions provide interesting insights into the country’s history, values and traditions.
Please note that the tour will visit several galleries on different floors and involves a considerable amount of walking.
The tour visits the City Hall’s eastern tower with the Nordic region’s largest carillon.
Right in the mix of Oslo’s sounds, one can hear the tones from the City Hall bells travelling through the city. Every hour, every day, all year round, we can enjoy a diversity of melodies – ranging from classical pieces to pop music.
Learn more about the historical, symbolic and architectural significance of this building element and instrument. When touring the carillon, visitors will also have the unique opportunity to meet the great musician, carillonneur and composer, Laura Marie Rueslåtten.
We are pleased to welcome school groups of all ages to our guided tours of Oslo City Hall. During the visit, the students will learn about the City Hall's history, architecture and art, as well as its daily operation as a political office building. Our guides offer wonderful opportunities for your students to make the most of their encounters with great history, architecture and works of art. Our trained educators engage students in lively, inquiry-based conversations that strengthen curriculum connections and encourage critical thinking and interpretation skills.
Is your class working on a particular subject? Please contact us and we will customize a tour complimenting your preferences.
If you have any questions regarding our tour services or your visit, please contact us.