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Hardanger Folk Museum

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Address: Utne, Ullensvang 5778, Norway
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+47 53 67 00 40

The Hardanger Folk Museum (founded in 1911). The main museum with its...

The Hardanger Folk Museum (founded in 1911). The main museum with its exhibition and administration building is at Utne, 200 metres from the ferry landing. Changing art and cultural history exhibitions throughout the year. Permanent exhibitions: Folk costumes and accessories and Folk Music. In the open-air museum we have reconstructed a traditional cluster farm in which the oldest building is a medieval log house with a central open fire. The museum also has an old general store, cotter's cottage and wooden ski factory. The boathouse by the sea houses several traditional Hardanger boats. There is a museum shop where you can buy arts and crafts, books/ booklets, local history items and folk music. The museum is located by a fruit orchard. The Hardanger Folk Museum has branches with open-air museums and collections at Bu near Brimnes and Skredhaugen near Lofthus. School and guide service.

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Nice place with historical experiences and beautiful views of the bay. Quiet and peaceful, close to nature. Cafe.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed July 26, 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Nice place with historical experiences and beautiful views of the bay. Quiet and peaceful, close to nature. Cafe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Small but impressive folkmuseum. Staff is really friendly and answer all your questions. Beautiful and interesting exhibition, also on the typical Hardanger violin.

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Eagle River, Alaska
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2015

This Open-Air museum is interesting, but not a "must see". The outdoor cabins depicting the life and hardships of days by by was well presented. The indoor displays were uninteresting and dull. Our time would have been much better spent staying back at the grand and gracious Ullensvang Hotel.

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Donegal Town, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

Utne is a quiet village and this is the main attraction. Nicely laid out and much bigger than it appears at first sight. The cottages and houses are set into the hillside with tremendous views of the ferry coming in across the fjord. Save your picnic for the very top view, lovely seating looking out. We enjoyed the fiddle exhibition... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2015

I was excited at the thought of visiting this museum whilst on holiday in Norway to find out about the culture and this certainly provided that. We were part of a coach party divided into two groups and given guided tours of the museum which I think you find out more that way. We were first shown all the tradional... More 

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Southwestern USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2014

The museum is in a beautiful location overlooking the fjord and the town. The staff was extremely helpful and gave us a thorough introduction to the exhibits. We started by walking through the open air part that has a number of houses of various age from the Hardanger area. Indoors the exhibits center around Hardanger embroidery, traditional clothes from the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2014

Never having traveled in Scandanavia before, we found the cultural history fascinating. This museum is well-maintained and very interesting. Just wish there had been people in period costumes demonstrating activities/crafts .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

We took a ferry to get to this museum and it was well worth the effort. The vintage homes and contents from the last 300 or so years provide a fascinating peak into Norwegian life. The displays on the Hardanger Violin, national dress, handwork, etc. are very well done and informative. The local village has a wonderful hotel dating back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

During a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords on ms Ryndam (Holland America Line) we called at Ulvik. One of the options for a shore Excursion was to visit this museum. My wife was keen to do so because Hardanger Embroidery has an international reputation and she is a member of a local branch of the Embroider's Guild in England. She... More 

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