Maihaugen, Lillehammer

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Maihaugen is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lillehammer, Norway. Maihaugen, with close to 200 buildings, is one of Northern Europe's largest open-air museums and is one of the largest cultural facilities in Norway.HistoryThe founder, Anders Sandvig, collected from old houses and farmyards within the Gudbrandsdalen valley to provide a sample of Norwegian culture and history in a museum. He first started in his backyard, but when his collection grew, in 1901, the town council offered him a permanent site for the museum. In 1904, the city of Lillehammer set aside an area already known as Maihaugen and bought Sandvig's collection and established Sandvigske Samlinger (Sandvig Collections), the formal name for Maihaugen. Sandvig was at first hired as unpaid curator, but was later appointed the museum's first director. The new site of the museum had been used as a picnic and meeting place for the townspeople. People had met here to celebrate the Norwegian Constitution Day and to light bonfires for Midsummer eve.Maihaugen tells the history of how people have been living in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen from the Middle Ages until today. Social Institutions such as a church, school, post office, railway station, shops, prisons and military facilities are all represented at the museum. The museum has a rich collection of artifacts, furniture, tools and ornaments, ranging in age from the Middle Ages.The Garmo stave church is one of the main attractions. In 1882, the church was disassembled and sold to Anders Sandvig, who brought it to Lillehammer, where it was re-erected at Maihaugen in 1920-1921.
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  • August 14, 2017
    This whole open air museum with old Norse houses is really cool to look at. This section is an old mail train where you should look. Is definitely worth it!
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  • August 8, 2017
    You have to visit the Post Museum if you are already inside the Maihaugen area! Lots of very old and still running vehicles, and for us Norwegians it is a definite tug at old memories to walk trough t...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    The Museum consists of the exhibition docks that shows how the entry was carried up through the story. Information about the exhibitions at the ipader standing around. A little exciting. The train standing outside is nice to see.
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  • June 26, 2017
    Even the kids loved it. Nice and calm. Clean. And really good with the different buildings and the staff acting as authentic people from the age of the buildings.
  • June 26, 2017
    Excellent exhibit of Norwegian culture through buildings, settlements, exhibits and crafts people. It's as good as the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo.
  • June 15, 2017
    Children seem to like this place. As an adult in found it interesting for a quick visit.
  • June 1, 2017
    A must go place when you are near Lillehammer. You can study the start of Norwegian history and enjoy the outdoors museum which is filled with some of the most oldest building of Norway.
  • March 28, 2017
    A nice place for a walk, historical buildings, special cinema and family oriented events.

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