About ARoS

With a total of 20,700 square metres distributed on ten storeys, ARoS is one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. Each year, ARoS has about one million visitors, making it the most frequented art museum in Scandinavia.

ARoS has an ambition to be among the ten most eminent art museums in the world. To achieve this, a different and untraditional strategy will be applied where the museum e.g. will cultivate close links to society/the local community.

Further, ARoS has instituted the ARoS Triennial, held for the first time in 2017; dedicated an entire storey to the innovative gallery ARoS Public, and there are plans to extend the museum to provide additional space to accommodate greater numbers of people and more art.

ARoS features four spacious galleries, an ARoS Focus gallery, and a storey featuring installational art. In each of these galleries, ARoS presents art from either the museum collection or by national and international artists, including e.g. Grayson Perry, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joana Vasconcelos, Bill Viola, Olafur Eliasson, Paul McCarthy, Shirin Neshat, Lucian Freud, and Francis Bacon.

A mental fitness center

ARoS is the perfect place for social interaction. It is a place where visitors are presented with new perspectives and opportunities to broaden their outlook. In all its diverse activities, ARoS wants to radiate attractiveness, relevance, and integrity. ARoS, therefore, is an outstanding universe appealing to both the heart and the brain. Looking at art is very like standing on a trampoline. You need to be moving in order to gain something from it and, after a time, you find yourself jumping higher and seeing more of the world. This is what art is about at ARoS. It is mental fitness. 

ARoS´ Vision


  • Through our activities we open up for experience, insight and reflection


  • To become one of the world's leading art museums


  • Appeal, relevance and integrity


  • Game changer
  • Evolving
  • Professional authority
  • Quality-oriented
  • Sustainable and Green