|Edvard Munch bought this 18th century mariners house at Åsgårdstrand
Munch used the house as a summer home and studio up until his death in 1944. Today the house and studio have been turned into a museum. Åsgårdstrand is situated 10 km south of Horten, 10 km north of Tønsberg and 100 km south of Oslo by the west coast of the Oslofjord.
In this small, southern idyllic town you will find art gallerys, hotel, a couple of bakeries, a café, grocery stores, bank and a pub. There are also several summer open bars and restaurants around the older part of the town. In addition, Åsgårdstrand has an elementary school, an old folks home and several kindergartens.
In June every year, Åsgårdstrand celebrates Midsommer - the longest day of the year - with a large fire on the shorefront.
Åsgårdstrand was increasingly known as an important center for artists and painters and since the 1880s a vast number of internationally famous painters has either visited or lived in the town.
Painters like Edvard Munch, Christian Krogh and Hans Heyerdahl. The reason for this is the very special light which the best artists either went to Åsgårdstrand in Vestfold or Skagen in Denmark to experience.
Stand on the exact same place Munch painted the "Girls On The Bridge".
From 2007, the town has had the classification of a Tourist Town, which gives the shop owners in the oldest part, closest to the sea, the right to keep open all days of the week. In order to become a Tourist Town the number of visitors needs to greatly exceed the number of residents throughout the year.
From the beginning of the 19th century, Åsgårdstrand, was a lively export harbor for lumber, of which most was exported to the Netherlands. By the end of the sail ship era, the trade stagnated.
Since the 1920s Åsgårdstrand has been a popular vacation and recreational spot. Both the Dutch royal family, prominent guests from Oslo and other rich and famous travelled to the small town each summer and spent their holidays. Summer guests are still leaving their mark on the idyllic town.
1863 Born 12 December at Løten.
1944 Dies 23rd January at Ekely.
1963 The Munch Museum is opened.