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Address: The Hamsun Center, 8294, Norway
Phone Number: 4775503450
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10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Knut Hamsun Centre is located by the vicarage ruins on the banks of...

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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Nice Museum

This Museum has a really nice architecture - that will be the first you will see. It is about the author Hamsun and you have letters as well as other documented material about him... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 10, 2015
Zurich, Switzerland
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Zurich, Switzerland
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84 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

This Museum has a really nice architecture - that will be the first you will see. It is about the author Hamsun and you have letters as well as other documented material about him on different Levels of the Museum. The staff is very friendly and downstairs you can take a break and drink a coffee and eat some cake... More 

Thank Sabmue
Tromso, Norway
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229 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Hamsundsenter is covering almost all aspects of the Nobellaureates life and doings, not trying to hide the not so glamorous aspects (the nazi sympaties) but also trying to show the human behind the fasade. Absolutely a place to visit.

Thank PerBaad
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34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This museum building is spectacular seen from the outside. It blends nicely in with the Nordland-nature and is an architectural treasure. Every floor has exhibitions dedicated to different parts of Hamsun's life, and it is organized in a very instructive way. It is very interesting! In addition we attended a guided tour that focussed on Hamsun's most influential pieces. Our... More 

Thank Jon Marius B
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Love this place. You can walk along for hours and days and never be bored. You can feel him,, and Marie. You get to know them personally. And the house looks like him. Funny. This place is a must. Run for it.

Thank Espen S
Trondheim, Norway
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 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 

Thank Havard_H
Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

2 Thank Aurora S
Tromso, Norway
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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.

Thank Mja22
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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173 reviews
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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.

1 Thank blazius

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