Welcome to Norsk Folkemuseum

Every day, all year round, we offer visitors a glimse of daily life the way it was lived in the past. The museum highlights history and culture from Norways many colourful regions. With nearly 160 authentic historical buildings set in parklike suroundings, we are a major tourist attraction. The open-air museum is  divided into a Countryside area and an Oldtown. Some of the buildings in the museum date back to the 1200s, such as the famous Stave Church from Gol. 

During the summer season, the museum comes alive with a wide variety of activities. Hosts in traditional costumes welcome visitors into their homesteads while livestock graze in the fields. There are folk dance performances and live music, handicrafs and artisans at work. Visitors can go for a ride in a horse or cart, or they can sample traditional lefse, freshly baked on an iron "takke" over red hot embers.  

Norsk Folkemuseums main attraction is a Stave Church from around 1200 AD. The Stave Church was moved to Norsk Folkemuseum from the area of Gol in the winter of 1884. Since then it has been an important attraction in the capital, a "must see" on every visitors sightseeing list.

In addition, the museum has comprehensive indoor exhibitions featuring national treasures and artefacts. Highlights include national costumes and traditional jewellery, wood carving, rosepainting and Sami handicrafts.  

Summer season from May 15 to September 14:

Opening hours seven days a week: 10.00 - 18.00.

Winter season from September 15 to May 14:

Indoor exhibitions are open and visitors are welcome to wander on their own among the peaceful old buildings, sometimes covered in a deep layer of snow.

Opening times winter season:

Monday - Friday:    11.00 - 15.00
Saturday - Sunday:  11.00 - 16.00

The museum is closed on January 1, May 17, December 24, 25, 31.   

For information and tour operators favourable group contracts, contact booking@norskfolkemuseum.no

See more: See this video from the open air museum:

Welcome to Norsk Folkemuseum!