Girls eating ice cream.
Photo: Esben Haakenstad

Summerjoy for children at Maihaugen

In the summer there is a lot of fun activities for the whole family at Maihaugen.

Visit our historical homes, go on the treasure hunt, have fun with the animals or try your luck at fishing.

Try your luck at fishing

There are fish to be caught in Breisjøen! Children may try their luck using the bamboo rods placed by the lake. If you catch a fish you may keep it if you like.

The animals at Maihaugen

Many animals live at Maihaugen. We have sheep, hens, pigs, horse, cows, rabbits and more.

During the summer they are outside grazing around in the open-air museum.

The train and the railway station

The train is exciting for children. It has a locomotive, a postal carriage and a goods carriage containing the exhibition "Post by Rail". You are free to walk through the train, try sitting in the compartments and looking out at the railway station.  

Fun at the Postal Museum

In the attic of the Norwegian Postal Museum in the Town at Maihaugen, there are activities for children during the summer. You can for example draw your own stamp, write an old-fashioned letter and fold it in the way it was done before envelopes were used. You can pretend to be a postman and sort post into postal shelves, or you can try sitting at old tilted school desks.

Treasure hunt

Join in a treasure hunt for the whole of the family. In the treasure hunt Message batons you must find the message batons that are placed around the open-air museum at Maihaugen. 

Playground and playhouses

I the residential area there is fun to visit the playground and historical playhouses. Some of the playhouses are exhibitions while others are open for playing.

Balance trail

What is better than playing in the forest? Next to the mountain farms you may challange your balance skills in an exciting trail through the woods. You might see some eyes watching as you check out the trail, because the forest is where gnomes and trolls have their home.

Little Grey Fergie

At Maihaugen there are two Little Grey Fergie tractors. One is in daily use at the museum, the other one is placed at the Jørstad barnbridge and you can climb on it!

Check out our Daily program and choose "Children's Maihaugen" to see activites for children each day.

Read more about Maihaugen's activities for children all through the year

Also see activities for adults: Summer time at Maihaugen

Girl holds a fish towards her face like she is about to kiss it.

Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Girl holds a little rabbit to her chest.

Photo: Rannveig Røstad / Maihaugen

Jenter med skaut og en mann i historiske klær titter ut av vinduet i toget på Maihaugen.

Foto: Esben Haakenstad / Maihaugen

A wagon is also a toy. Photo: Mark Purnell.