Maihaugen is the perfect place to experience what life looked like in Norway in the past. The Open Air Museum has more than 200 historic houses and buildings from as far back as the 13th Century to the present day. Many of these are open for you to enter.
In some of the houses you will at summer time meet actors dressed in costumes from the time period they represent, or guides in traditional clothing. Experience farm life in the late 1800s or meet the teenager at home in the 1980s house. The museum is possibly best known for the houses in the Rural section. The many sunburned buildings were the homes of farmers, craftsmen and local officials. Here you will meet the culture and the way of life of the old farming community.
The Town at Maihaugen is designed to look like an inland town in the early part of the 1900s. In summer there is plenty of life, many activities, and a wide range of experiences for everyone. Another exciting part of the museum is the residential area. You will find detached houses representing the various decades of the 1900s, and you can see the development of home standards and family life.
A cultural landscape reveals the relationship between people and nature. At Maihaugen you can see how people of all times have shaped the landscape around them. Maihaugen works purposely on its cultural landscape and takes part in organized conservation work to preserve threatened species of farm animals in Norway. At summer the animals are grazing around the area, and are happy to meet the guests.
*Due to the Covid-19 situation the program this summer will deviate from the normal program. Please see websites for more information.