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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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  • There are so many details about Postal Service in Norway here. You can experience how a postal office looked like over decades, history of post activity, weapons used to defend, vehicles used over dec...  more »
  • An interesting and informative stop if you are in Maihaugen, but not worth making a special trip. It includes train cars that show you how mail was transported and sorted between towns.  more »
  • This is a great little museum, with a postmaster on hand to answer questions. I only wish we hadn't visited the rest of Maihaugen first. By the time we got to the Post Museum, with a bum knee, I wasn'...  more »
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  • Children seem to like this place. As an adult in found it interesting for a quick visit.
  • 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.
  • A nice place for a walk, historical buildings, special cinema and family oriented events.
  • 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.
  • Slightly expensive, and even more so since the stave church wasn't open (we dropped by to see the stave church).