The museum highlights history and culture from Norways many colourful regions. With nearly 160 authentic historical buildings set in park like surroundings, we are a major tourist attraction in Oslo. The Open Air Museum is divided into a Countryside area and an Old Town area. Some of the buildings in the museum date back to the 1200s, such as the famous Stave Church from Gol.
During the summer season, the museum comes alive with a wide variety of activities. Hosts in traditional costumes welcome visitors into their homesteads while livestock graze in the fields. There are folk dance performances and live music, handicrafs and artisans at work.
The main attraction at Norsk Folkemuseum is a Stave Church dating back to the 1200s. The church was moved to its current location from Gol (200 km to the north-west) in the winter of 1884. Since then it has been an iconic attraction in the capital - a "must see" on every visitors sightseeing list.
In addition the museum houses comprehensive indoor exhibitions featuring national treasures and artefacts. Highlights include national costumes and traditional jewellery, wood carving, rosepainting and Sami handicrafts.
Winter is a beautiful and quiet time at Norsk Folkemuseum, with the old buildings often covered in layers of white snow. During winter the buildings in the Open Air Museum are only accesible from the outside, but they often look their best at this rugged time of year. Our indoor exhibitions are open year round and offer fascinating glimses into Norwegian cultural history. You can also visit our pleasant cafe with log fires and a tempting menu of freshly prepares hot and cold dishes.