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Address: The Hamsun Center, Norway
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Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Hamaroy
Type: Museums
Owner description: The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the vicarage ruins on the banks of the Glimma River in...
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Type: Museums
Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fri - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the vicarage ruins on the banks of the Glimma River in Presteid in Hamarøy Municipality in Northern Norway. The centre is situated in a beautiful cultural landscape surrounded by nature that remains virtually as untouched as it was in Hamsun’s time. The centre’s tower offers an impressive view over the realm of Hamsun, the area that inspired the author to write world renowned books like Pan, Growth of the Soil and Wayfarers.
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Trondheim, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a very informative museum dedicated to the life and works of the great and controversial norwegian writer Knut Hamsun. The museum building is alone worth the trip. It is a fantastic building designed by Steven Holl, and it adds a lot to the experience. It is very interesting to visit both this museum and Hamsuns childhood home. The... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

In the remote corners of the beautiful, Northern Norwegian landscape you can find this museum of one of Norway's biggest writers of all time. Not only does it have good exhibitions, but the architecture is in itself worth the trip. Also, quite surprisingly for such a small town, the café had really good food, cakes and a wide range of... More 

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Tromso, Norway
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We were lucky to get a tour around the museum, mostly about the architecture and how it relates to Hamsun's literature and the man himself. Very interesting! Close by is the house were Hamsun grew up, and the house where he lived for a few years with his wife Marie. Nice area and nature.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

Both the architectural and exhibitions are of high class. Nice little cafe. Well worth the 15-mile detour from E6.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

The building is interesting by itself, and it is lots to learn about one of Norway's greatest writers, The centre has a small bookshop and a quite nice café.

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