Road trip 5: Maihaugen

After having spent some time in Lillehammer, we walked up to a museum just outside of the city center called Maihaugen. It was just 15 minutes to walk so we let the car rest in the parking garage for a bit and used our legs. As the weather was good and we needed to move a bit and not just sit stationary in the car the whole time.

Maihaugen is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Lillehammer and has over 200 buildings making it one of the largest cultural facilities in Norway, and one of Northern-Europe’s largest open-air museums.

It was founded by a man called Anders Sandvig when he collected old houses in the nearby area to provide a sample of Norwegian history and culture in a museum. In 1904 he was given the area of Maihaugen where he could continue his collection and he became the museums first director.

The museum is divided in to three different sections, one of them is the the Rural collection, this is the one featured in the photos in this post. Here are buildings from the nearby area, focusing on the period between 1700-1850, but there are also houses that date back to the 15th century.

Gramo Stave church is one of the main attractions. In 1882 the church was disassembled and sold to Sandvig and it was put together on Maihaugen in 1920-21.  The church was originally built around 1150 upon a site that held a previous church believed to have been put up in 1021. It is unclear how much of the original materials was used in the reconstruction. But most of the inside decoration is largely 17th and 18th century inventory and apart from the baptismal font from 1100s all the inventory came from other churches.

Normally many of the houses are open for going in to, but due to the Corona Virus most of the houses was closed, but you could see inside the buildings through windows and doors, even if you were not allowed to go in for a visit. This was not a large problem for us as we were able to see what we wanted and could enjoy the audio guide telling us what was visible inside the houses, so we could hear, read and see what we wanted.

Hope this new week will treat you all very well.

10 thoughts on “Road trip 5: Maihaugen

  1. Looks like a nice attraction to visit. Always nice when someone preserves buildings from past eras. Too bad they were not open on your trip. Thanks for sharing. Allan

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