Tourist Attractions

Norsk Folkemuseum on the Bygdøy peninsula in Oslo has several special attractions for tourists. Here are some highlights.

Norsk Folkemuseum presents life in Norway from the 1500s until present time. The Open-Air Museum has 160 historic buildings and indoor exhibits feature folk art, folk dress, Sami culture and temporary exhibits on current themes. 

Stave Church from Gol

  • Roof and ornaments of Stave Church from Gol
    The Stave Church from Gol Morten Brun

Among the most popular attractions is the Stave Church from Gol, built around year 1200. It is one of only 28 remaining stave churches in Norway. 

The church was built during the age of Catholicism, and altered over time. When it was moved to its present location, it was restored after a medieval model. The term“stave church” refers to the staves, or posts, that support the roof. Runic inscriptions on the choir wall presumably date back to the time of construction. The paintings on the choir and apse walls date back to 1652.

The Setesdal Farmstead

  • Tun fra Setesdal på Norsk Folkemuseum. Foto: Astrid Santa, Norsk Folkemuseum.
    Setesdalstunet på Norsk Folkemuseum. Astrid Santa, Norsk Folkemuseum

The farmstead from Setesdal presents traditional Norwegian architecture wit log buildings and roofs covered with grass. The Farmstead has two “årestuer” (dwelling with open fire and no chimney) in medieval style, and two lofts from the 17th and 18th century. One is a three-story log structure. These lofts served as guest rooms, and were often the most attractive buildings. 

The Apartment Building from Wessels gate 15

  • 1979 Bonytthjemmet
    The apartment from 1979 Anne-Lise Reinsfelt / Norsk Folkemuseum

The apartment building from Wessels gate 15 was built in 1865. In 1999, the three-story brick building was rebuilt in the Old Town at Norsk Folkemuseum, with support from OBOS. Today, it has six apartments presenting interior styles of different periods of the 20th and 21st century.

Meet the People of Norway

  • Hosts in folk dress from Hallingdal and Telemark in Norway
    Hosts in folk dress from Hallingdal and Telemark in Norway Morten Brun

A visit to Norsk Folkemuseum in summer is like walking into the history of the people of Norway. All summer ,the Open-Air Museum is a lively place with people in folk dress and regional costumes. Meet the 18th century farmer, the 1950s housewife and people performing folk dancing, handicraft and other activities.