Norsk Folkemuseum: Go or No?


A.k.a. The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, that is. Before going I would say go. After having been I would say no…? I’ve lived in Oslo close to 20 years, and that’s how long it took for me to visit :), if that counts towards yea or nay… Norsk Folkemuseum is an open-air museum with buildings from different time periods and different geographic areas in Norway. It’s not particularly big, looks bigger on the map, so it doesn’t take long to walk through. The museum space is divided into different zones that is named after different regions in Norway. My highlight was the stave church from Gol with adjacent granary, and the display of old, urban Oslo. The rest was neither nor. There’s a few shops where you can buy handicraft and souvenirs, and a cafe too – bring cash as not all accept credit cards.



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  1. I was at the Norsk Folkemuseum last summer and enjoyed my visit there; I agree that the Stave Church was one of the highlights. I also enjoyed some the “re-enactments” such as bakers making baked goods and children going to school. It was a great place to visit since I didn’t have a lot of time to travel around Norway. I could imagine though how the museum would seem small in comparison to traveling around Norway 🙂 That being said, I always have a soft spot for historical villages – maybe it’s because you can pretend you’re going back in time 🙂

    • There were no “shows” when I was there. I guess it would have added to the experience. Glad you enjoyed the museum! Yes, I guess it is a nice way to get a taste of Norway when you don’t have time to travel to different places in this elongated country 🙂 Hopefully you get to travel around more next time you’re here, especially to the northern part 😉 Have a great summer!

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