The Mini Bottle Gallery; The Quirkiest Spot in Oslo, Norway

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I don’t even know where to being with the amazingness that is The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo.  It’s certainly the best place in all of Norway, and probably the world.  I’ll start with the reason I ended up there.  Something called The Mini Bottle Gallery would not normally hold a ton of appeal for me, but I’m so glad this was one of the few times in my life I actually read a guide book.

The Oslo Guide 2014 from visitoslo.com that was available free in every hotel lobby describes The Mini Bottle Gallery as follows;

  • “The world’s only mini-bottle museum is found in Oslo, and contains the largest collection of mini-bottles: 53,000 bottles in 50 installations on 3 floors!  Here you can see bottles filled with fruit and berries, worms and mice, what a Scotsman has under his kilt is revealed, and what a brothel looks like from the inside.  And if you’re the fearless type we recommend you take the slide down to the horror chamber!”

What?  How do you pass that up?  Luckily, I didn’t.  The admission in 85NOK (about $13.75) and includes a free mini bottle! (Unless they’re out, which they were when I went.)

The Mini Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

As with every public building in Norway, The Mini Bottle Gallery has enormous, imposing doors.  These ones are steel and look more like a bank vault than a quirky museum.

Mini Bottle Gallery Oslo, Norway

This is what it looks like when it’s open and they (presumably) want customers!  It should be noted, however, that more often than not when you attempt to visit the MIni Bottle Gallery, they will in fact be closed (though you could never tell the difference from across the street).  The museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm except school holidays, which if I learned anything about Norwegian businesses, pretty much means “open when we feel like it.”  Which is such a shame for the greatest museum on the planet.  I’m just lucky I happened upon it during the 8 hours a week (if that) that it’s open.

The Mini Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway- hours of operation

The important thing is we got inside.  And once inside, you’re in for a treat.  You enter the museum through a bar, hosted by a disinterested statuesque blonde.  I found the Norwegians to be very nice, they just don’t care about much.  As with most everyone I encountered in Norway, you have to approach them, and until you do they look at you as though you’ve wandered into their living room.  After you announce your intention at their place of business everything is friendly, there’s just no “can I help you” “hi, welcome to..” greeting.  I guess it’s hard to be too involved in your work when you’re forced to work an 8 hour week during the only time of year you can semi-comfortably be outside.

Once inside you’ll see, you guessed it, mini bottles everywhere!

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Even in the light fixtures.

Chandelier at the Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

I never knew I liked Mini Bottles so much.  In fact, I had never really thought about mini bottles much except as a way to sneak booze onto airplanes and cruise ships. But here at the Mini Bottle Gallery, I forgot all of that and entered the wacky and wonderful world of mini bottles.

Here is a sampling of the things you can see and do at the mini bottle gallery.

Check out some interesting mini bottles;

some are kinda pretty,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

some are historically relevant,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

some offer helpful advice,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

some are just confusing,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

and some are inexplicably full of gross things.

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Get trapped in a larger bottle.

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

See a beer waterfall (a beerfall?).

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Find out about this month’s Tackiest Bottle!

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

(maybe it’s tackier in Norwegian?)

Learn about the mini bottles of the world through this Euro-centric mini bottle map.

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Play a rousing game of “Guess the Smell.”

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Learn what Norwegian cowboys say.

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Check out what seemed to be a self-service bar.

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

and as promised….

 

 

Find out what’s under a Scotsman’s kilt,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Check out a brothel,

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

(don’t worry, there’s a brothel mini bottle display, so it totally makes sense.)

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

(and a pretty interesting way out)

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

And of course, take a slide down to the chamber of horrors!

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

Mni Bottle Gallery; Oslo, Norway

The horror chamber is something that seems uniquely Norwegian too.  Most every museum and cultural attraction I visited featured a chamber of horrors that seemed to be pretty similar to a cheap carnival attraction.  I don’t know why a museum of any sort would ever feature a plastic skeleton and a strobe light, but I saw several.  I guess its a Norwegian thing.

Naturally, you’ll want to spend hours in the Mini Bottle Gallery and will probably need time to relieve yourself at some point, but even if you don’t you should head to some of the greatest restrooms I’ve ever seen.

Ladies room at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Ladies room at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Ladies room at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Champagne toothpaste in the Ladies room at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

WC at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

Urinal at The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

So as you can see, The Mini Bottle Gallery is certainly worth a visit while in Oslo.  In fact, it might be worth a visit to Oslo!  They also rent out space for all of your special events!  So if you have a wedding or corporate lunch coming up, this is your place and I want an invite!

The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway

 

 

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19 thoughts on “The Mini Bottle Gallery; The Quirkiest Spot in Oslo, Norway

  1. […] to worry about money while your trying to enjoy your destination… Unless your destination is Oslo, then you’re broke no matter how cheap the […]

  2. […] of my favorite chambers of horror.  This horror chamber made a little more sense than the one in the Mini Bottle Gallery in that it was polar […]

  3. […] you haven’t yet learned from my other posts, or worse yet if you haven’t read my other post (which you probably should), Oslo is weird.  […]

  4. […] collection took Claive over 35 years and boasts an impressive 3384 bottles.  As impressive as the Mini-Bottle Gallery in Oslo is, (it was my first bottle museum after all, you never forget your first!) these bottles are […]

  5. […] in this very official document, there are few things in this world that I enjoy more than a wacky museum, and it doesn’t get much wackier than this.  Though in this case, the word […]

  6. […] years ago, but the museum is as informative as possible.  A museum with real artifacts and no chamber of horrors (even though there could have easily been one, given the vikings’ rape and pillage history) […]

  7. Wow! This is such a unique museum. There is something so neat about miniature things, especially little bottles! I’m with you on sneaking mini coolers… I try to take these just about everywhere! 😉

  8. I can’t say that the name would have tempted me to go but it sounds like a load of laughs. As they say, I’m sure it really is the only one in the world so you really do have to go.

  9. What an interesting place. Who would have thought a place like this even existed? Glad you got to experience it though. With their crazy limited hours it would be easy to miss, that’s for sure.

  10. What a quirky museum this is!! I love how the women’s restroom looks like, colored in pink with the bras hanging! Crazy, crazy … love it! Definitely on my list when visiting Oslo!

  11. Wow, what a bizarre and strange museum. Didn’t see it listed in any guide books when we visited Oslo…no surprise there! Love finding quirky spots like this, that have crazy limited hours or cover unusual topics. Looks like the Mini Bottle Gallery ticks both those boxes!

  12. Looks to be quite an interesting museum. A mini bottle gallery, who knew? Thanks for sharing your visit.

  13. I’m like you I haven’t given mini bottles much thought outside of seeing them in hotel mini-fridges. I think I would totally love this museum too as it is just plain fun! I’m so going to this if I’m in Oslo. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Mini Bottle gallery sounds intriguing we never heard of one. Those with insects reminders us of the science labs and guessing the smell sounds like a bizarre game.

  15. This is an interesting theme and somewhere new and special to go and visit in Oslo!
    Thanks a lot for your introduction! @ knycx.journeying 🙂

  16. This is the type of museum I would visit. Too Funny. I like that shot of you inside the vodka bottle.

  17. Such a unique theme… mini bottles! If I get a chance I am going to definitely visit this. Thank you so much for sharing so many pictures, makes up for my loss of being unable to visit as of now.

  18. What a wacky but utterly interesting museum! If I knew about it, I’d definitely had visited it when I was in the city. Very unique!

  19. […] The Mini Bottle Gallery! […]

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