Norsk Folkemuseum (Norwegian Museum of Cultural History), located in Bygdøy peninsula, in Oslo, is the largest museum of cultural history in Norway.
With collections from around the country, the museum shows how Norwegian people lived from 1500 to the present days.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History was established in 1894 by Hans Aall, who was the museum director until his death in 1946.
The museum was open to the public in 1901.
In 1907, the collections of King Oscar II, which were established at the King’s Summer Residence at Bygdøy in 1881, became part of the Folk Museum. Its collection, composed of five relocated buildings, is recognized as the world’s first open-air museum. The Stave Church from Gol (dated from 1200), which makes part of this collection, is one of the most significant buildings of the museum.
The museum has comprehensive indoor exhibitions featuring Norwegian folk art, Norwegian folk dress, Norwegian church art, Sami culture, old toys, weapons and temporary exhibitions.
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History also has an open-air museum composed of 160 buildings that represent different regions in Norway, different time periods, as well as differences between social classes and between country and town.
In summer, there’s a wide variety of activities in the open-air museum. Hosts in traditional costumes welcome visitors into their homesteads, there are handicrafts and artisans at work, folk dance performances and live music. Visitors can go for a ride in a horse or cart and they can taste freshly baked traditional lefse.
15th May to 14th September: 10h00 – 18h00
15th September to 14th May: 11h00 – 16h00 (SAT, SUN and holidays); 11h00 – 15h00 (MON – FRI)
Entrance fee: NOK 125 (15.20€) adults
Discount for youngsters, seniors, students, families and groups (Check on the website)