The Norsk Folkemuseum is Norway’s largest museum of cultural history. With collections from around the country, the museum shows how people lived in Norway from 1500 to the present.

The160 buildings in the Open-Air Museum represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between town and country, and social classes. The Gol Stave Church dating from 1200 is one of five medieval buildings at the museum. The contemporary history is presented through exhibitions and documentation projects. Permanent indoor exhibitions include folk art, folk costumes, toys and Sami culture. There is also a variety of temporary exhibitions and audience programs all year round.

Basic Facts

Founded: December 19, 1894.
Number of artifacts in the collections: 230 000
Outdoor area: 140 000 sq. meters Including
Indoor area: 27 000 sq. meters
Number of Buildings in the Open-air-Museum: 160
Oldest historic building: Gol Stave Church, built 1200
Open to the public 360 days a year.

The Norsk Folkemuseum foundation also include:

  • The Ibsen Museum
  • The farm of Bygdø Royal Manor
  • Eidsvoll 1814
  • Bogstad Manor
  • The Norwegian Maritime Museum