Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen


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Look into authentic workshops in the Town of the open-air museum.

In several of the houses in the Town there are exhibitions of various handicraft environments.

Photo studio

Enter the workshop of a photographer around 1900. Photography was a time-consuming process. In the studio you will see what equipment the photographers used.


The bookbindery contains equipment and tools for traditional handbinding from the first half of the 20th century.

In the bindery you can see how a book was made from the sheets came from the print shop until the book was finished with spine and covers.

Historical boodbindery with different equipment, mostly wooden.

The bookbindery. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen


More workshops at Maihaugen (not open at the moment):

Gaukstad smithy with shoe stable

The Blacksmith filled many tasks in the town, from the production of locks and fittings for shoeing horses. 

Sigvart Gaukstad (1868–1937) was rewarded with a citizen letter for his craft works as a blacksmith, saddler, and wheel-wright in 1892. He built this smithy and workshop in Tomtegata 5 at Lillehammer.

His son,  Sverre Gaukstad (1900–1980), took over the smithy in 1937 and ran it until 1970. His older brother, Kristian, born in 1895, ble became a shoemaker and had his workshop in the northern part of this workshop building. 

Gaukstadsmia med skostall for hest.

Photo: Rannveig Røstad


Earlier, the tailor trade was one of the most common crafts. Today, tailoring is considered exclusive. In the tailor's workshop at Maihaugen you will see equipment and tools at a tailor in the period after 1945.

The tailor's workshop with historical equipment like sewing machine, iron, scissors and more.

Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Tinsmith’s workshop

In the tinsmith’s workshop you find tools from the turn of the 20th century. 

Tinsmiths produced lanterns, buckets, strainers, pots, funnels, etc. The largest workshops could offer over hundred different items. 

Hairdresser and barber shop

At the hairdresser there is equipment and interior in a hairdresser and barber shop from around the 1930s.

Hatter's workshop with scissors, shapes in wood, other euipment and felt hats. In the open-air museum Maihaugen at Lillehammer.

The hatter's workshop. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Historic painter workshop with workbench with many drawers and various equipment.

Original workbench and equipment in the painting workshop. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen


At the hatter's workshop, you may see how felt hats were made in the period before 1910.

The painting workshop

In the painting workshop, you can see equipment and tools painters at Lillehammer used in the period 1880 to 1930. They painted mainly houses, but also furniture, posters and decoration.

Besides all that a painter needed in his work, you can also see different techniques like painting grain, marbling and stencil paint in this workshop.

See all of Maihaugen's exhibtions.

More activities in the Daily program calendar.