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“Relaxing, fun and interesting”

Maihaugen Open-Air Museum
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Lillehammer
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Maihaugen is the ideal day outdoors for both young and old. We offer activities and adventures for the whole family. In the summer the open air museum offers lots of activities, plays and guided tours for all ages.Join us on a nostalgic journey back to the 20th century. Revisit your childhood memories and share them with your family! Do you remember the 80s?Relax, enjoy the surroundings and let yourself be transported a hundred years back in time. Kids can dress up in old costumes and have fun. Excellent exhibitions, shops and café open all year. In the winter the open air museum is a beautiful place for a nice walk. Don't miss our popular Christmas Market in November/December.
Hamar, Hedmark, Norway
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing, fun and interesting”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Spent 5 hours at Maihaugen today! Could have stayed there even longer.. Relaxing, fun and interesting museum. The Girls in the house from the 80`s made the trip even better!!!!!

Visited August 2013
Thank Ann O
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Allow lots of time”
Reviewed August 10, 2013

Be sure to give yourself lots of time to visit this excellent museum. It is wonderful to be able to go into the old buildings and you get a genuine feel for the history of Norwegian daily life. Many of the buildings are staffed with knowledgeable guides in period costumes who are there to answer your questions. Other buildings have signage and audio presentations in different languages, including English, so it is easy to learn about the history of Norway. There are a couple of cafes where you can take a break for ice cream or the traditional Norwegian waffle. The museum is located on hilly terrain so lots of walking up and down hills is required. This was the best museum we visited on our tour of Norway.

Visited July 2013
Thank Linda S
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Oslo, Norway
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful museum”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Beautiful outdoor museum containing a lot of history and fascinating buildings. The museum also hosts different exhibitions in the main building so make sure you don't miss those! Look forward to a relaxing and interesting time in this satisfying environment.

Visited July 2013
Thank Gadd3
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Absolutely marvelous”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Loved the intriguing collections of old buildings, the church originally built in about 1007 (!), the very fine restorations, the farm house with its own chapel. Re-enactors were scarce, but very good when you found them.

Visited June 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“well planned museum”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

this open air museum is well planned out, with people in most of the buildings who have a lot of knowledge about the furniture and way of life. The small stave church was originally part of the large stave church in Lom. this stave church is still used today. there was a wedding taking place in it later on in the day, and the guests all came dressed up for the part! there is a section for rural life, and a section for town life and railway.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank debby n
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