TIMESCAPE 1600 – 1914

Reshaping Norwegian Culture

  • Bybygg, nytt inngangsparti. (Foto/Photo)
    The Entrance

Norsk Folkemuseum is opening a new permanent exhibition on urban cultural history in 2020. The exhibition features the reshaping of Norway during the period 1600-1914, as the country evolved into a modern society.

In a transformed exhibition building, visitors will encounter influential people and gain insights into their life stories. These individuals contributed to change in Norwegian society through their actions and choices. The contours of today's society start to appear as the exhibit approaches the year 1914. 

Six authentic interiors and around 1500 objects from our urban culture collection will be on display. These objects mirror life as it unfolded over a period of 300 years, both in private and public spheres – including relations between men and women, parents and children, masters and servants. The material gives us a unique opportunity to track changes in style, taste and fashion as well as the shifting of social hierarchies.

Together, these exhibits will tell the story of how Norway participated in major global trends through increased trade and cultural exchanges.

This new exhibition will be an important contribution to Norsk Folkemuseum’s many stories about Norway. It will also show the many different facets of the Norwegian identity.

Pictured Rooms

Ida Lorentzen has been inspired by motifs from the Open Air Museum and interiors from the coming exhibition TIMESCAPE 1600 - 1914 resulting in the exhibition "The History of 12 Paintings".