Photo: Veslemøy Furuseth / Lillehammer Art Museum

The History of the museum

Three private art collections is the museum's foundation.

The foundation Lillehammer Art Museum was established April 1994. The foundation is a further development of the institution Lillehammer City Collection of Paintings from 1927.

The museum's permanent collection comprises Norwegian visual art from the 1800s up until today. It is considered one of the country's foremost art museums with particularly important and representative works from the years 1820 – 1930.

The collection includes paintings and sketches by Edvard Munch, I.C. Dahl, Hans Gude, Adolph Tidemand, Erik Werenskiold, Christian Krohg and Frits Thaulow

Lillehammer Art Museum became part of the foundation Stiftelsen Lillehammer museum in 2018.

Three private art collections is the museum's foundation.

The collection consists of approximately 1500 artworks that from different perspectives tell the Norwegian art history from the 1800s until today.

  • Einar Lunde, local merchant, who in 1921 donated over 100 paintings to Lillehammer city.
  • Oscar Johannessen, antique dealer from Oslo, donated his entire collection from the 19th century to the museum in 1958.
  • Jon Dobloug donated major parts of his collection including 159 paintings dating from the 1980s and 1990s.

In the course of the last 50 years the collection has been strengthened by a number of substantial donations and by acquisitions mainly focused on contemporary art.


Architecural icon

During the xvii Olympic Winter Games in 1994, Lillehammer Art Museum was a main cultural forum. Architect Erling Viksjø's building from 1963 was remodelled and to it was joined a new distinctive building designed by Snøhetta Arkitektur & Landskap AS.

Between the two buildings sculptor Bård Breivik has created a sculptured garden in which stone and water are the main elements