When you enter the Vigeland Sculpture park you are in the grounds of the old manor house at Frogner. Today this is one of the most exclusive neighbourhoods in downtown Oslo, but when the current buildings were built 250 years ago, this was countryside. The manor, as you see it today goes back to the late 18th, early 19th century.
Until 1750 Frogner was a working farm. From then, it changed into a summer residence for members of the Norwegian social elite. In the mid 18th century Hans Jørgen Scheel changed the buildings into a Danish style manor house, and when the wealthy Bernt Anker bought Frogner Hovedgård in 1790 he gave the buildings the appearance they have today. A main half-timbered building with an enclosed courtyard. The industrialist Benjamin Wegner rebuilt some of the complex and added the tower.
The city of Kristiania took over the manor in 1896, and now it house the collections of city museum of Oslo. These collections are worthwhile seeing, and if you are hungry you may sit down in the little café, open from 11AM til 4 PM, or take a pint or two in the shade of the large trees at Herregårdskroen, a nice waterhole connected to the manor.