The exhibition is on the story of the popular cross-country ski race Birkebeinerrennet.
This is Norway's most traditional cross-country ski race, running every year from Rena to Lillehammer.
The Norwegians' relationship to winter, the mountains and cross-country skiing has made this ski race very popular.
Our national ideals are being confirmed by managing to handle the conditions in the mountains at wintertime.
The exhibition draw historical lines back to the Birchlegs' escape from Baglerne in 1206. The Birchlegs skied over the mountains from Gudbrandsdalen to Østerdalen bringing the prince with them, to save him from being killed by Baglerne. The story has become a mythical tale about the heroes saving the prince, boldly defying the dangers in the winter mountains.
During the 19th century skis evolved from just being equipment that was for practical use to become important for sport and the Norwegian identity.
The first Birkebeinerrennet was arranged in 1932. The skiing competition has been a very successful and a challenging race, where the praticipants are measuring forces with the Norwegian winter mountains.