Photo: Esben Haakenstad

Summer time at Maihaugen

History comes to life at the open-air museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer.

Also see daily program this summer

Join in at tours and walking plays, visit our historical homes and experience the Norwegian culture, history and tradition.

Walking plays brings history to life

Every day from mid-June to mid-August you can enjoy our walking plays that are included in the ticket.

This year's new play Flora, fauna and flatbread takes you to the mountain farms, where you will get to experience what met English tourist visiting the exotic Norwegian mountains in the late 1800s. 

Get carried away in time

Maihaugen gives you Norway's history from the Middle Ages to our own age.

Maihaugen is the perfect place to experience what life looked like in Norway in the past. The open-air museum has more than 200 historic houses and buildings from as far back as the 13th Century to the present day. Many of these are open for you to enter.

In some of the houses you will meet actors dressed in costumes from the time period they represent or our guides in traditional clothing. Experience farm life in the late 1800s or meet the teenager at home in the 1980s house.

The guided tour Into Norwegian homes takes you through the Town and the Residencial area, to several homes of the 1900s.

Exhibitions and workshops

Maihaugen is also housing many great exhibitions, both indoor and outdoor in the open-air museum.

Do not miss the great permanent exhibition We won the land, and this year's main exhibition Death.

Old workshops that used to be presented inside the main building are now put up in their natural environment in the open-air museum. You may peek into the workshops of the boookbinder, hatter and hairdresser and more. 

New houses in the open-air museum

The newest part of the open-air museum is the cabin area next to the mountain farms. During the winter of 2018 the modern mountain cabin Vy has been put up here. This will, together with Maihaugen's other cabins, tell the story of the Norwegians’ dream of their own cabin.

In the Residential area the museum's craftsmen are working on restoring the childhood residence of Norway's Queen Sonja. The house from the 1930s opens 27 August 2018.

To common joy for adults who will recognize their own childhood and for children who are still playful, you will find a new area with historical play houses from the early 1900s to 2017 in the Residential area. 

Shops and eateries

Make sure you do not miss a visit to the historical grocery shop in the open-air museum. The Maihaugen shop in the visitor center is also a very nice museum shop that deserves a visit.

In the visitor center you will find the Maihaugen caf´é with traditional food and a nice view to Garmo stave church. In the summer there are also several eateries in historical environments in the open-air museum. 

When you leave Maihaugen, you will not be untouched!

The 50s house is open during summer. Welcome in! Photo: Esben Haakenstad

The door is open in the 80s house this summer. Photo: Esben Haakenstad

Farmer in old costume at the open-air museum Maihaugen at Lillehammer with a sheaf of grain in his arms.

Stop and chat with the farmer who is happy to share his knowledge. Photo: Rannveig Røstad / Maihaugen

Young man in old costume biking through a steet with painted wood houses waving at two girls at the open-air museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer.

Experince town life around 1900 in the Town at Maihaugen. Photo: Esben Haakenstad