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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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  • We visited this museum maihaugen at the end of our visit. Although not gigantic big offers it a nice collection, and you get a clear image. Highlight is the postsorteerwagon and some old vehicles.
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  • It is a small museum, but it's really interesting. My 15 year old daughter has sent 2 postcards from there, something that young people of today, and the head of post are not used has left him to put the postmark their postcards. The Museum post wagon is impressive because at the time of the e-mail, it makes clear the important thing was the mail in paper until not so long ago.
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  • Nice, in the different, nice, especially in the train museum. Quick tour!
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  • Astounding that houses from the Viking era were moved here & maintained well by the trust. The local guide simulated an entertaining introduction to the duties of the farming family members.
  • We should have left longer to see all this museum had to offer. Lovely costumed guides in some of the buildings who were full of information.
  • Nice open-air museum with a huge collection of traditional Norwegian houses, churches and farms. The Maihaugen museum and National Postal Museum takes a few hours to visit, so an early start of the visit is required. Some buildings are given an extra lively touch by guides in traditonal clothing who speak English and Norwegian.
  • Besides the outdoor folk museum, there is a 14 minute gem of a movie in the visitors center. Prehistory begins with melting of ice 10,000 years ago. No spoken words, only nature sounds, horns, and drums. Stone and bronze age drawings along with the ancient sounds and music delighted me.
  • A wonderful place to spend some time in if you are visiting Lillehammer. Houses and other buildings from different era's of Norwegian history.