Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen
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Look through the doors to historic houses

18 May–16 October

All day

Several of Maihaugen's historic houses have open doors, so you may have a peek through the door.

Queen Sonja's childhood home and Garmo stave church are open with hosts at site so you can come in and have a look around. From 18 June until 14 August, you will also meet historical actors and guides several other places in the open-air museum.

A walk around the open air museum is a travel back in time. Both the Rural collection, the Town and the Residential area you can look into many of the houses on your own from the door or hallway. Some of the houses are listed below.

At several of them you will find information signs.

More activities in the Daily programme calendar.


The Rural collection

  • Garmo stave churchThe church from the 13th century with dragonheads on the roof ridge is one of the museum's main attractions.
  • The School. Experience school around 1866.
  • Mytting. Beautiful wall paintings and interior from the 1700s. 
  • The parsonage. A very modern home when it was built in the 1690s, with detailed wallpaper and removable furniture.
  • The prison. Listen to the story of Martin Pedersen, who was charged for postal robbery in 1830.
  • The School. Experience school around 1866.
  • BjørnstadA complete farm from the 1700s with 27 houses.
  • The mountain farms. Walk through the idyllic landscape and peek into Øygardssetra and Teigsetra.

The Town

  • Hage. A country home for a grocer and his family at the beginning of the 1900s.
  • Pharmacist's apartment.  The home of the prominent pharmacist and his family. With electric lighting.
  • Workshops in the Town. The workshops of a photographer, book binder, hat maker, tailor, tin smith, painter, black smith and shoemaker.

The Residential area

  • The 1915-house. Open from 17 June 2022.
  • The house from the 1920s. The colorful walls inside in this log building are typical for the 1920s.
  • Queen Sonja's childhood home. Visit the 1930s house where Norway's queen grew up.
  • The house from the 1950s. Post-war optimism with a Mercedes in the garage and language course on the tape recorder.
  • The 1970s house. Filets of coalfishand no to nuclear weapons. The house from 1974 contains both stories.
  • Play houses. Children's laughter, rocking horse and dolls in the historical play houses.
  • The telephone booth. A gem from the 1930s functionalism. Here, big and small news was exchanged until the last ring in 2015.
The living room in the 1920s house at Maihaugen with yellow painted walls and varied interior.

The living room in the 1920s house, with the glassed-in veranda through the door to the right.

Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen