Norwegian Folk Museum

Oslo, Norway

Norsk Folkemuseum, the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, is a museum of cultural history with extensive collections of artifacts from all social groups and all regions of the country. It also incorporates a large open air museum with more than 150 buildings relocated from towns and rural districts.

Norsk Folkemuseum was established in 1894 by librarian and historian Hans Aall (1867-1946). It acquired the core area of its present property in 1898. After having built temporary exhibition buildings and re-erected a number of rural buildings, the museum could open its gates to the public in 1901. In 1907 the collections of King Oscar II on the neighbouring site was incorporated into the museum. Its five relocatd buildings, with the Gol stave church in the centre, is recognized as the world's first open air museum, founded in 1881.

Among the open air museum's more significant buildings are Gol stave church from the 13th century which was incorporated into the Norsk Folkemuseum in 1907. The Gol Stave Church is one of five medieval buildings at the museum, which also includes the Rauland farmhouse (Raulandstua) from the 14th century, and the 1865 tenement building relocated from 15 Wessels gate in Oslo. Seven of the nine flats show typical interiors from various periods of the 19th and 20th centuries, including a flat inhabited by an immigrant family from Pakistan as it was furnished in 2002. In 1951, the Sami collections in the Ethnographic Museum of the University of Oslo were transferred to the Norsk Folkemuseum.

The museum also possesses a large photographic archive, including a significant portion of the works of Anders Beer Wilse. In 2004, the administration of the adjacent Bygdøy Royal Estate was transferred to the museum. Throughout its existence, research has focused on building and furniture, clothing and textiles, technical and social culture, agriculture, working memory and Sami culture.



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Museumsveien 10, Oslo, Norway
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Founded: 1894
Category: Museums in Norway


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Anita Sunmola (7 months ago)
Great museum with free entry if you have the Oslo city pass. There is a bus stop right outside so it's easy to access. There is a cafe and gift shop area at the entrance the museum has a very large outdoor area where you can easily spend 2-3 hours exploring the different streets and old houses. There are buildings you can go into with historical artefacts. Further into the outdoor area there is a farm with staff in traditional clothes. Great half day activity for families or just people who like to explore.
Jaren Rogers (7 months ago)
Had a pleasant time walking around and visiting the buildings that had moved there from all over Norway and over various time periods. Most impressive was the beautiful stave church. We also enjoyed several of the exhibits and our three year old loved playing on the playground and with the Lego and train set that were available in one of the museum buildings. Would recommend to those who want to experience Norway but not have to travel too far!
Warren Paul Harris (8 months ago)
Fascinating outdoor museum. You really need a guide to appreciate all the historic details of the structures here. When we visited, it was raining, but still manageable as long as you are careful going up and down the grades.
Emperor of Mankind (9 months ago)
I really enjoyed this place, but I can't give it 4.5 stars. The museum is well-organized, and I particularly liked the farm surrounding it. I highly recommend visiting this museum if you have spare time on a weekend morning with your family. On the negative side, I didn't like some members of the staff who were supposed to interact with the visitors but seemed distracted and engaged in conversations in one or two areas. On the positive side, most of the staff I interacted with were very friendly and provided explanations about Norwegian culture, which was exactly what I was looking for. Another strong point is that everything is well-maintained, despite a few items. I will leave some photos to entice you to visit.
The Mad Hatter (9 months ago)
FANTASTIC museum so full of history and fun! There's so much to look at, and the employees do a great job at explaining everything and helping you through your tour. We saw traditional dancing, ate some bread, and saw so many amazing buildings. It was fascinating to see how people used to live. The stave church was definitely a highlight. Everything is outdoors, and you can go into each of the buildings. It's the perfect thing to do on a nice day with your family! This is covered with the Oslo Pass!
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