Comprehensive restoration work was finished summer 2012 and included restoration of the roof and decayed building parts as well as tarring the entire exterior. 16 000 shingles have been replaced.

The work has been part of a national restoration program of stave churches in Norway initiated by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage.

In all, 28 stave churches are preserved in Norway. Gol Stave Church was moved to Bygdø Royal Manor in 1884. It was reconstructed as a medieval church modelled after Borgund Stave Church. The oldest parts of the church date from around 1200. Since 1907, Gol Stave Church has been part of Norsk Folkemuseum.