Anders Sandvigs tannlegekontor_Camilla Damgård
Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Anders Sandvig's dental office

Previous permanent exhibition

Until 1 September 2019

Maihaugen`s founder, Anders Sandvig, was a dedicated dentist.

At Maihaugen you can see an exhibition showing a dental practice similar to his`around the time 1880-1900.  

The exhibition consists of  a dental clinic with treatment room, waiting room and a laboratory. Most of the inventory and equipment belonged to Anders Sandvig.

The chair is from the   1850-60s and is one of the oldest in the country. In front of the chair, a drill with a footswitch, the first one Anders Sandvig owned. He had a mechanic put it together from the underbody of a sewing machine and the uppers from a discarded drill. 

Due to technological changes and new inventions during the 1800s, the dentistry changed from being a brutal craftmanship to becoming a clinical medical discipline. 

In 1880, while Anders Sandvig was taking his education, there were 34 dentists in Norway. 

Four monters are telling about the dentist Anders Sandvig and gives a glimpse into the history of dentistry. 

The exhibition will be closed from September 2019 while we prepare a new permanent exhibition opening the fall of 2020.

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An old dental chair from the exhibition Anders Sandvigs dental office at Maihaugen, Lillehammer.

Anders Sandvig`s dental chair from the 1850-60`s. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen