Vevelstad Bygdetun is a beautiful folk museum situated by the handsome Vevelstad church. There are exhibitions on 19th-century textiles and porcelain, an old well-equipped carpentry workshop, and several elegant traditional Nordland boats with a fascinating history.
A museum garden has information boards that explain its plants and their history. There is also a miniature barn where children can try their hand at taking care of the animals – and even though these animals are made of wood, the barn is quite popular. This year there is also an exhibition on the indigenous Sámi people of the Vevelstad district.
The Vistnes Trail, which starts near the museum, leads to the Vistnesdalen valley, an area that had had prehistoric settlements and where you can still see 5000-year-old petroglyphs. The amazing Stone Age art depicts stylised reindeer, moose, halibut, human figures and foot soles, boats and geometric figures.
This church, built and consecrated in 1796, was expanded in 1871. While much of the original furnishings were then removed, it still has the original altarpiece and pulpit and a mural in the choir. These beautiful works were painted by the Italian artist Joseph Pisani (1760–1833) in the year the church was built.
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