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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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  • Very nice to see how eea in the course of time has changed and modernized. Also nice for elderly children.
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  • Is in the same park as the museum and definitely fun to see how everything went with the post.
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  • Our tour group was having lunch at the The Maihaugen Cafe, which was just next to this museum, and so after our 3-course lunch, as we still got some time left before heading to our next destination, w...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Excellent exhibit of Norwegian culture through buildings, settlements, exhibits and crafts people. It's as good as the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo.
  • 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.

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