Blue walls and potted plants in the windows of the glassed-in veranda at the 1920s house in the open-air museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer.
Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Open historical houses

All year you find open doors to several of Maihaugen's historical houses, so you can take a peek through the door.

All year

All day

A walk around the open air museum is a travel back in time. Both the Rural collection, the Town and the Residential area have houses with open doors you can look through. Most of them also have audio guides telling about the house and the time period it is from.

The Rural collection

  • The School. Experience school around 1866.
  • The prison. Listen to the story of Martin Pedersen, who was charged for postal robbery in 1830.
  • Mytting – The Captain’s house. Beautiful wall paintings and interior from the 1700s. 
  • Tolstad. An open-hearth house from around the 1600-1700’s, with interior like in the Middle Ages.

The Town

  • Hage. A country home for a grocer and his family at the beginning of the 1900’s.
  • Pharmacist's apartment.  The home of the prominent pharmacist and his family. With electric lighting.
  • Photo studio. The workshop of a photographer around 1900.
  • Book bindery. Equipment for traditional manual binding from the first part of the 1900’s
  • Hatter. Workshop displaying the making of felt hats before 1910.
  • Tailor. Equipment and tools at a tailor's workshop from the period after 1945.
  • Hairdresser. Equipment and interior in a hairdresser and barber shop in the 1930's.

The Residential area

Inside the house from the 1920s. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen