Maihaugen Open Air Museum

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Maihaugvegen 1, Lillehammer, Norway - +47 61 28 89 00

Maihaugen Open Air Museum Lillehammer Reviews

Nory Nory
15 reviews
An open air museum which is not just for museum lovers Mar 23, 2011
I honestly believe this one can be enjoyed by most people, even those who usually prefer to avoid museums. It is so versatile that the definition museum doesn't describe its richness:

It has an indoors exhibition which is interesting on its own; a journey in Norway's history throughout the years. It is quite noticeable that a lot of effort was put into it and a considerable thought on how to make it captivating.

There is a changing exhibition in the basement floor.

And the best part: the open air museum. It has structures from several periods. A stave church, old houses and an area with houses from each decade of the past century. Guided tours can be booked, for those wishing to enter the houses, they don't cost an additional fee and I highly recommend them!

There are several ponds in the museum's area and even just a walk around it is enjoyable.

One of my favorite part is the reconstructed old Lillehammer main street with shops which actually sell things. I especially like the old toy store.

There is an old post train you can enter as well.

One thing which is especially important to note is that some attractions, such as the shops, train and guided tours may vary in different seasons and during some things there are attractions which are closed altogether. I recommend checking in advance. Same thing goes for opening days and hours: If you make the trip to Lillehammer from another area you should verify in advance weather the museum is open on the day you plan on visiting it.
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Quest Quest
59 reviews
Open-air Museum, Maihaugen, Lillehammer Aug 30, 2008
Maihaugen open-air museum tells the story of people in the Gudbrandsdalen Valley the last 300 years. Of life between the wars in the inland town of Lillehammer and of homes and domestic environments in the 20th century. The calm and spacious landscape of the museum provides insight and time for reflection.

It's a great opportunity to explore how people lived, how the arcitecture was and how the life has changed since the 1700's.

I had a blast walking around seeing the old buildings and how life used to be 300 years ago. This one farm was moved from VĂ¥ga in Gudbrandsdalen Valley, and was buildt in 1732. It was placed in the exact same shape as it originally was. Amazing....

It's well worth a visit if you're in the Lillehammer area.
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eddie8498 says:
I'm really jealous to you, to be in this way :)
Posted on: Aug 31, 2008
Pletenevs Pletenevs
3 reviews
The place to meet Norvegian history Jul 09, 2007
Maihaugen tells the history of how people have been living from the Middle Ages until today. The open air museum is devided into three parts, The Rural Collection, The Town, a typical inland town with a railwaystation (1900-1950), and The Residential Area with homes from the 1900s. For many turists this might be the closest they get to visiting a Norwegian home.
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