Maihaugen Open-Air Museum

Maihaugen Open-Air Museum, Lillehammer: Hours, Address, Maihaugen Open-Air Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Maihaugen Open-Air Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • Children's Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Maihaugen offers activities and experiences for the whole family. Enjoy the idyllic surroundings and experience life like in the old days. The museum has more than 200 historic houses from as far back as the 13th Century to homes of the different decades of the 1900s, including Queen Sonja’s childhood home. Grazing animals in the open-air museum. All year you can look into historical houses and visit great exhibitions, the museum shop and café. Don't miss our popular Christmas Market in November/December.
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Nicolai L
Asker, Norway58 contributions
Huge
Jul 2021
Maihaugen is a tripple museum:
- Norwegian postal museum
- Norwegian olympic museum
- Norwegian "folk" museum - a collection of buildings from the region and country telling a story of the inland regions of Norway.

Around the folk museum they had actors in period clothing, there were some crops planted, and in the "city" a maintiained vegetable garden. We would have needed way more than the 5 hours we spent there for the whole "folk" thing, much less the other parts.

Good. Plan to revisit :-)
Written July 18, 2021
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lyndawilson72
East Lothian, United Kingdom416 contributions
Open air museum worthy of visit
Aug 2020 • Family
Large outdoor museum dedicated to Norwegian life over the centuries.
Lovely gardens to walk around and picnic.
Favourite part was the area where they have a different house from each decade from 1910 through to 2001.
Suggest allowing 3 hrs to get round the area.
We visited as a family of 4 and bought a combined ticket to visit here and the Norwegian Olympic Museum which is on the same site .. you get a 25% discount if you do this. 500 krona for us to visit both .., good value for Norwegian prices.
Written August 7, 2020
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Thank you for visiting Maihaugen and The Norwegian Olympic Museum. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. It its truly great fun to walk from decade to decade through the 20th Century and see how things developed. It calls for memories and a good laugh :) We hope to see you again some time. Best regards from Maihaugen and The Norwegian Olympic Museum
Written October 8, 2020
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amanda
New Ross, Ireland108 contributions
An insight into traditional Nordic style buildings
Dec 2019 • Couples
Does as it says on the tin. In winter with the snow it was quite beautiful to walk around. Lots of different wooden cabins and building that represented classic style from days gone by. Set in beautiful surroundings with lakes and woodland. Nice to get out in fresh air after doing the Olympic museum. Both are situated in the same place.
Written December 23, 2019
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Thank you for visiting Maihaugen and the Norwegian Olympic Museum. We are glad that you enjoyed the museum and the beautiful surrondings. Welcome back some time! Best regards from Maihaugen and The Norwegian Olympic Museum.
Written October 8, 2020
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MY Tan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia644 contributions
Amazing park - inadequate direction signs - could get lost
Sep 2019 • Couples
Nice big park with some 200 old to ancient buildings made of timbers and roof made of slate and grasses. All the buildings were unique in their own ways. There is a big pond which has many wild ducks swimming on crystal clear water. As we were walking out to the exit, we saw Queen Sonja's childhood home.

Visitors should allow themselves at least 2 - 3 hours to really appreciate half of the exhibits here.
Written October 10, 2019
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Thank you for visting Maihaugen. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed Your stay and got so much out of it. The scenerey is, as you say, beautiful, and With 200 old houses it is a lot to see and do. We hope to see you again some time! best regards from Maihaugen.
Written October 21, 2019
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merlinsurrietrekker
Glenshaw, PA716 contributions
Must See
Aug 2019 • Couples
Great idea by a forward thinking man to establish this museum to ancestral treasures.
We had a lovely guide share the background of the founder, site, and many of the buildings. During the tour, haunting melodies, played on recorder wafted to us from the pond area - wow.
The buildings are incredible in their ability to stop time and allow you to let your imagination flow.
Be sure not to rush through and pop into as many buildings as you can.
The site is so serene.
Written September 18, 2019
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Thank you for visitng Maihaugen and for such a lovely description of the museum. It truly is a lot to see, and we are happy that you enjoyed the guided tour and the houses and the scenery. We hope to see you again some time! Best regards from Maihaugen.
Written October 21, 2019
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SparkleMermaid
Honolulu, HI428 contributions
Most WonderfuL Magical Outdoor Village Museum
Sep 2019 • Solo
Just pure Magic.
Amazing village, you can spend 3-6 hours here. Bring a lunch, they have plenty of outdoor tables located all over the enormous property. Most beautiful grounds. Historically amazing, like walking into a time machine.
Loved every minute spent here. Great gift store. Their cafe has horrible food. Bring your own. The coffee is god awful and terrible. Do not go here for the cafe, its about being outdoors and walking and exploring.
Written September 8, 2019
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Dear sirs! We are happy to hear that you had such a wonderful time here at Maihaugen and enjoyed the walk back in time. We will bring the feedback on the Food/coffe to the cafeteria. We hope to see you again some time! Best regards from Maihaugen.
Written September 9, 2019
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Alecbuc
Brest, France450 contributions
Great outdoors, great place!
Aug 2019 • Solo
This open-air museum is exceptional: it's huge, the landscapes are beautiful and history is alive there! There are dressed-up guides in the little houses, some farm animals and the antique furniture is very refined and beautifully carved.
This place is bigger and has a wider historical span than the Norsefolk museum in Bygdoy.
You can visit Maihaugen as a day trip from Oslo, it takes a little more than two hours by train. Sit by the window on the left side and just watch, the scenery is gorgeous.
Don't forget to visit the pretty town centre.
Written August 20, 2019
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Dear sirs! We ae happy to hear that you enjoyed Your visit at Maihaugen and got to experience Our houses and staff. We hope to see you again some time soon! Have a Nice day! Best regards from Maihaugen.
Written August 21, 2019
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aquispel
Zoeterwoude, The Netherlands165 contributions
Nice open air museum!
Aug 2019 • Family
Really nice and large museum about the history of Norway in the open air. With a lot of old buildings and nice surroundings you can spend quite a bit of time here.

There are also a few activities such as fishing that kids can partake in. The post museum is just part of this museum and if you did not know its two museums in one you just think its part of this museum with a bit more focus on... the post ;)

We had a good time for sure visiting this museum.
Written August 16, 2019
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Thank you for visiting Maihaugen and the Norwegian Postal Museum. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed them both and hope to see you again some time! Best regards from Maihaugen and the Norwegian Postal Museum.
Written September 9, 2019
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Steve P
Baraboo, WI468 contributions
nice
Jul 2019
These buildings are fantastic! Just walking in them gives you a feeling of almost being there when they were built.
Written August 6, 2019
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Thank you for such a nice review. We hope to see you again some time! Best regards from Maihaugen.
Written October 21, 2019
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Progenitor
Central Hungary, Hungary509 contributions
Very Large Collection of Historic Houses
Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a wonderful way to see how Norwegians lived in the past. Particularly interesting are the farmhouses, which represented a large portion of the population in the country around Lillehammer.
Written August 4, 2019
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Thank you for visting Maihaugen. We are happy that you appreciated the history that the museum tells. We hope to see you again some time! Best regards from Maihaugen.
Written October 21, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM