Maihaugen offers activities and experiences for the whole family. Enjoy the idyllic surroundings of this great open-air museum and experience life like in the old days.
Maihaugen offers activities and experiences for the whole family. This is the largest open-air museum in Norway with more than 200 historic houses from the 13th century until today.
In the summer you meet actors, guides and working craftsmen in the open-air museum.
Have a peek into historical homes
In the idyllic open-air museum there are more than 200 historic houses from as far back as the 13th Century until today. All year it is nice to stroll around and get an impression of how we lived in the past. Several of the historical houses have open doors so you may have a peek through the door.
A main attraction is the Garmo stave church from the 1200s.
Queen Sonja's childhood home
Dream back to the various decades of the 20th century. In the Residential Area in the open-air museum, you can refresh childhood memories and share them with your family.
In the Residential Area you may also see the 1930s house which was Queen Sonja's childhood home. The house was built for the Haraldsen family, and Sonja lived here most of the time until she married Crown Prince Harald in 1968. The house is open 1 June – 17 October. The rest of the year you may take a look in through the windows.
Maihaugen does not only show historical homes from different times. The open-air museum also has a part with mountain cabins telling how the Norwegians cabin dream has developed over time.
There are open exhibitions both in the main building and outdoors in the open-air museum.
All year you can visit Maihaugens main exhibition Impulses with over a thousand Norwegian cultural treasures such as folk art, textiles, toys, musical instruments and weapons. The main theme is influence and contact across national borders.
In the Town there are open doors to the photo studio and book bindery.
Animals and farm work
Both children and adults enjoy meeting the animals at Maihaugen. All summer, there are cows and sheep all around the idyllic grazing areas of the open-air museum.
The horses also graze on the meadows when they are not helping the museum farmers with different farm work done in the traditional way. The farmers are happy to show you their daily work. You can also meet pigs and chickens. The animals are outside until mid October if the fall does not get to chilly.
Café and Museum Shop
You may also bring your own food for a nice picnic somewhere in the open air museum. Several places there are benches with a nice view.
The Norwegian Olympic Museum is located in the visitor center at Maihaugen. The Olympic Museum is telling the history of the 1994 Winter Olympics, among other Olympic moments from all over the world.
Last updated: 09/05/2023
Source: Visit Lillehammer