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Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum

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Haldenvassdragets Kanalmuseum

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xekinai wrote a review Aug 2015
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany1 contribution
Apparently a lot has changed since 2008. We went to the museum with three kids (9,8, and 3 years) who normally are not passionate museum visitors. All of us enjoyed it. It is small (one to 1,5 hours should be sufficient) but that is just right for kids. The design and presentation is generous and appealing and we learned quite a bit. The museum consists of one large room, the center of which is dedicated to the natural history and the outer circle to the cultural history of the Halden canal area. The items on display are varied and interesting. The "nature" section has life fish and crawfish which the children can help to feed, large photographs, a dioramas, a "canal and glacier" installation, samples of stones, objects that can be watched under a microscope, a 3D minimovie "aquarium" as well as stuffed animals with original sounds. The cultural section informs about the building of the canal, the ships, industrialization in the area as well as the life of loggers, paper workers and raftsmen, using detailed models of the canal and its installations, original items such as wooden ski, sledge, and tools, a replica of a logger's hut as well as historical photos and text placards. All text is in Norwegian and English and you can receive a handout with summaries in German. There is also a cute playhouse, big drawing table and quiz for children. The exterior area is close to the canal and lock and displays several historical ship in various states of restauration. The staff was very friendly and helpful and gave us advice on boat trips and elk viewing possibilities; they also organize canoe rentals. A small gallery and café is in the same building. Absolute recommendation!
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Date of experience: August 2015
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PFP wrote a review Jul 2011
Norway256 contributions242 helpful votes
Next to the locks in Orje on E18 we found a sign for this little museum. It shows the activities which have taken place along the canal over the years as well as nature and culture. The rating from 2008 has apparently been taken seriously as information about the exhibit in English was available and it was all pesented in a nice and organised way. A bonus was the exhibition in the art gallery in the same building. Well worth a stop.
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Date of experience: June 2011
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passionshower wrote a review Jul 2008
Copenhagen170 contributions76 helpful votes
We went to visit Kanalmuseet (Ørje, Norway) with high expectations and interest. But the museum turned out to be an absolute disappointment. It seemed so obvious that this museum is a victim of extreme neglect. The display was inadequate in just one small room with some meaningless junk. And that’s it. It looked like nobody takes care of it. Norwegian was the only language used in the text description in the museum, even though the visitors are mostly foreigners from many different countries like ourselves. It wasn’t worth 40 Norwegian crowns at all. The girl at the reception spoke only Norwegian, even though I spoke English to her, as if taking money is her only job there. In my country, people cannot get a job at the museum without a multilingual background and without proper education. Worse thing is, their website does not work either!!!
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