Queen Sonja of Norway officially opened the Queen Sonja Art Stable, eight months after His Majesty The King surprised her with a birthday gift of the Royal Stables.
Queen Sonja began her speech by exclaiming “The day has finally arrived!”
The pace of activity leading up to the opening has been hectic, and the Queen admitted that she had not been certain everything would be ready in time for the opening , her 80th birthday.
“This has been an intensive process, and the results have far exceeded my wildest expectations! Just look for yourselves! Isn’t it impressive? That they could transform stables into something like this?
King Harald surprised the Queen by giving her the Royal Stables with the intention of transforming them into the Queen Sonja Art Stable. That plan has come to fruition.
The Royal Stables were upgraded between 1908 and 1911 modelled on the stables at Buckingham Palace and with the active involvement of Queen Maud. The interiors from that time have been restored and the horses’ stalls, each bearing the name of its former occupant, are an integral part of the gallery. All adaptations to transform the building into an art venue were made in consultation with the Directorate for Cultural Heritage.
Queen Sonja KunstStall has these opening hours:
July 5 – August 20: Monday – Sunday: 11.00 – 17.00
24 August – 24 September: Thursday to Sunday: 11:00 – 17:00
August 21st – 23th, KunstStallen is closed