As I mentioned half a year ago there are plans for a royal museum in Oslo, where parts of the Royal Collection can go on public display. Today parts of it are of course in use at the Royal Palace and other royal residences, but most of the 400,000 items are in storage. There is now support across party lines for such a museum and the process which will hopefully lead to the establishment of such a museum is thus underway.
In the meantime the government has decided that its present to the King and Queen on their 75th birthdays in 2012 will be to grant 30 million NOK for temporary exhibitions of the royal collection. 10 million is earmarked for the main exhibition in Oslo, while another 10 million will be spent on regional exhibitions and the final 10 million on a travelling exhibition which will take items from the collection on tour across the country between 2012 and 2014.
The institution which was known as Riksutstillinger (“National Exhibitions”) and which arranged travelling art exhibitions is now part of the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and over the weekend the Minister of Culture, Anniken Huitfeldt, will instruct the National Museum to start working on the planning and projecting of the exhibitions.