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Climate activists targeting Edvard Munchs iconic The Scream at the National Museum in Oslo

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Climate activists targeting Edvard Munchs iconic The Scream at the National Museum in Oslo

On Friday morning, climate activists attempted to glue themselves to the frame of The Scream(1893) in the Munch room, at the National Museum in Oslo.

The activists were immediately taken care of by the museum guards. The police were informed, and the activists were apprehended.

Edvard Munch’s world-famous painting The Scream was not harmed in the attack. There were about twenty museum guests visiting the Munch room at the time of the incident.

The Munch room was immediately closed off for the public, but reopened shortly after.

The rest of the museum remained open as usual to the public during the incident.

- The National Museum opposes any attempt to harm art in our collection or cultural heritage in general, both physically and symbolically to create attention to a specific cause, says Karin Hindsbo, director of The National Museum.

- A warm and hearthly thanks goes out to the museum guards and staff who quickly intervened to stop the attack.


The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design is the largest art museum in the Nordics. The collection contains 400,000 objects ranging from the antiquity to the present day and includes paintings, sculpture, drawings, textiles, furniture and architectural models. The new museum building opened in June 2022. At the National Museum visitors can experience a comprehensive Collection presentation of around 6,500 works, as well as a varied programme of temporary exhibitions and events. 


Simen Joachim Helsvig

Simen Joachim Helsvig

Press contact Communications advisor +47 917 64 327
Mari Grinde Arntzen

Mari Grinde Arntzen

Press contact Communication Advisor +47 92404969