Norsk Folkemuseum

The world's first open-air museum


Museumsveien 10, Bygdøy, 0287 Oslo


59.907256, 10.6865909


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Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), at Bygdøy in Oslo, is – similar to Maihaugen at Lillehammer – a museum of cultural history. It’s an extensive collection of 155,000 artefacts from all social groups and all regions of the country. It also incorporates a large open-air museum with more than 150 buildings, relocated from towns and rural districts.

The buildings and artefacts on display, represents the timespan between the 1500s and present time.

Norsk Folkemuseum was established in 1894 by librarian and historian Hans Aall (1869–1946). It acquired the core area of its present property in 1898. After having built temporary exhibition buildings and re-erected a number of rural buildings, the museum could open its gates to the public in 1901. In 1907, the collections of King Oscar II, on the neighbouring site, were incorporated into the museum. The king’s private museum, with its five relocated buildings, with the Gol Stave Church in the centre, is recognized as the world’s first open-air museum, founded in 1881.

There is a huge parking just outside the entrence. And while in the area, why not visit

Youtube video: Visit Oslo

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