Along Storgata (the High Street) there are clusters of buildings housing shops, workshops, flats and intimate back yards. Streets, houses and fittings are designed using examples from the early 1900s. The environments give an insight into the lives and living conditions of people from different parts of society.
The pharmacy with the apothecary family’s flat shows how the town’s middle classes lived around the turn of the 20th century. On special occasions you can see pill making demonstrated at the pharmacy.
In the Olsengården you will meet a 1930s housewife doing her housework, or going into the back yard to feed the rabbits and hens. Mrs. Olsen likes to talk about the old days - an experience in itself.
There is something for the whole family to be found in the historical shops. Be tempted by the smell of fresh coffee, sweets, old fashioned toys, and nostalgic cups, bowls and plates.
Around the market you will find the post office, the railway station with train, the bakery and the Narvesen kiosk.
During the high season this part of the Open Air Museum offers a wide range of experiences for families. Several of the wandering theatres start here, and in the back yard of the Olsengården you can practice walking on stilts, horseshoe throwing or have fun with the rabbits.
Buy something nice to eat while you watch the life of the High Street. The large steam locomotive standing at the railway station is also worth a visit.