Young man with fishing rod together with a fine english lady with umbrella on a bridge in beautiful surroundings at Maihaugen.
Photo: Esben Haakenstad / Maihaugen

Summer time at Maihaugen

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

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

Get carried away in time

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.

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

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.

Walking plays brings history to life

Every day from mid-June to mid-August you can enjoy the amusing walking play Flora, fauna and flatbread, that are included in the ticket.

In the play you will meet a fine English lady that are visiting Norway as tourist in the late 1800s. Join her on her tour to the mountain farms, where she will get an exotic meeting with the life in the Norwegian mountains.

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Queen Sonja's childhood home and other new houses

Come in and have a look inside the 1930s house where Norway's Queen Sonja grew up. The first floor is open to visitors in the high season from mid-June to mid-August. The restoration of the second floor will be finished in the fall 2019.

Next to the mountain farms the museums new cabin area is growing. The modern mountain cabin Vy was put up here in 2018, and this summer a trade union cabin is being moved to the museum from the mountains. The different cabins will tell the story of the Norwegians’ dream of their own cabin.

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

Exhibitions and workshops

The permanent exhibition We won the land in the main building at Maihaugen takes you on an exciting tour through the Norwegian history. Hear the water drip when the ice melted at the end of the ice age, feel the fear during the Black Death and feel the shaking of bombs during World War II.

Do not miss the Norwegian Postal Museum's new exhibition Letters from the front – Dear mother, with letters written by soldiers in war or captivity.

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. 

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Shops and eateries

Make sure to make a visit to the historical grocery shop in the open-air museum and the Maihaugen shop in the visitor center.

The Maihaugen caf´é serves traditional food with 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

Dining room, grand piano and telephone table.

Get a look inside Queen Sonja's childhood home. Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

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

Maihaugen er full av dyr som beiter rundt om i friluftsmuseet. Foto: Camilla Damgård.