Twist: Tourist in Your Own City

Every year the city council of Oslo arranges something called «Tourist in your own city» (turist i egen by), where everyone & anyone can get a free ticket for basically every cultural institution in the city. The ticket is valid only for that day and you can also travel on public transportation for free. This year we participated and went with the passenger ferry to a couple of the museums on the peninsula (Bygdøy in Oslo).
We visited the fram museum, the maritime museum and the folk museum.

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50 thoughts on “Twist: Tourist in Your Own City

    • It’s a great outdoors museum and it has different architectural styles from different periods of time. They also have old shops (1950’s style), a petrol station, some city areas (with fully equipped apartment buildings), plus farms from different areas and eras of Norway and a stave church.
      If you’re ever in Oslo, this is on top of the “must see”-list.
      This and the Frogner Park (by tourists known as the Vigeland Park).

  1. What a wonderful service your city offers! I have the best time whenever we decide to play tourist in our own town, we can be goofy and stop to see things we usually would hurry past on the way to “business”.

    • Yes, it was a nice experience to be a tourist in your own city. I’ve seen the places several times before, but it didn’t really matter because we had a great day.

  2. enjoyed your day as a tourist. beautiful outdoor museum – and looks like the weather was very accommodating. i find all that intricate woodwork so amazing. a real pride of workmanship is evident there. those were the good old days. thanks for sharing.
    still working on my ‘twist’ post. 🙂

    • Yes, we had no complaints on the weather or the museums. I agree that there’s a pride of workmanship present in those buildings. Some of them are already several hundred years old and they’ll still outlive the majority of the buildings that are being built today.

    • The politicians used to be concerned about building the nation, but these days they’re more concerned about their own future careers in international organisations. They no longer care about their own people (the voting cattle) or countries.

      In Norway the politicians transfer a lot of the self-governance to foreign powers such as the UN, the EU and others. This used to be a crime punishable by death sentencing, but to protect themselves they’ve also changed that law. That way they can avoid the guillotine that they know they deserve.

  3. Ah, being a tourist in your own city. I like that a lot – you get to see your city with new eyes. Free tickets into cultural institutions? I’m sure that would have attracted a bucket load of people. We do have a day like this in Melbourne: free entry into normally-closed-to-the-public heritage and cultural buildings but you have to queue up to get in. The queues were humongous last year. Could only get in into two buildings out of a hundred.

  4. What a great idea and you got beautiful photos from it, too! Another way to be a tourist in your own town is to have friends visit. You usually end up taking them places you don’t go yourself or revisiting places you have been for years.


    • I agree with you on that Janet. Back in the days I used to have a lot of couchsurfers coming for visits, so I showed them around and saw a lot of the tourist places.

  5. It is a very good idea. My city does something similar annually called Open Doors. The last one was a couple of weeks ago. Participating offices, warehouses, churches and other businesses allow citizens to walk through and take free tours of the establishments in ways that they wouldn’t have otherwise. The one in Oslo sounds like a more robust version.

    I’d like to see that.

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  7. What a great initiative! Many places should copy that idea. Your photos are wonderful — sure makes one want to visit Oslo/Norway! I’ve never been there!

    Did you do anything fun on the 17th?

  8. Somehow I don’t think it’s top of mind to become a tourist in your own city/country so I appreciated your interpretation of this week’s challenge. You got some super awesome photos as well along the way and I especially liked the one of the spider web; thanks for sharing … now I’m off to arrange becoming a tourist in my own country Barbados as well – wish me luck 🙂

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  11. Yeah, I saw that too, to bad I didn’t have time to take a tour! Seeing your photos I regret not making the time! 🙂

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