Photo: Camilla Damgård/Maihaugen

Open historical houses

All year you find open doors to several of Maihaugen's historical houses, so you can take a peek through the door.

All year

All day

A walk around the open air museum is a travel back in time. Both the Rural collection, the Town and the Residential area have houses with open doors you can look through. Most of them also have audio guides telling about the house and the time period it is from.

The Rural collection

  • The School. Experience school around 1866.
  • The prison. Listen to the story of Martin Pedersen, who was charged for postal robbery in 1830.
  • Mytting – The Captain’s house. Beautiful wall paintings and interior from the 1700s. 
  • Tolstad. An open-hearth house from around the 1600-1700’s, with interior like in the Middle Ages.
  • Garmo stave church. One of Norway's best preserved stave churches from the 13th century.
  • The Skjåk farmyard. Look into the half-loft house Hjeltar from 1763, furnished like a banqueting room.
  • Bjørnstad. A complete farmyard from the 18th century with 27 buildings.
  • Øygarden. This farm was deserted after the Black Death. Today, the farm stands like it was in the 1890s.

The Town

  • Hage. A country home for a grocer and his family at the beginning of the 1900’s.
  • Photo studio. The workshop of a photographer around 1900.
  • Book bindery. Equipment for traditional manual binding from the first part of the 1900’s.

The Residential area

Inside the house from the 1920s. Photo: Audbjørn Rønning/Maihaugen