Garmo stave church in the spring.
Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Spring time at Maihaugen

Maihaugen in Lillehammer is Norway’s largest open-air museum. The museum offers more than 200 buildings from different eras and invites you to safe and exciting museum experiences for both children and adults.

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Walking couple holding hands at Maihaugen open air-museum.

Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Have a peek into historical homes

In the idyllic open-air museum there are more than 200 historic houses from the 13th century until today. Here it is nice to stroll around and get an impression of how we lived in the past. Several of the historical houses have open doors so you may have a peek through the door. Some of them have audiogudies where you can listen to stories from the actual time period of the house.

Home with wall paintings and interior from the 1700s.

Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Queen Sonja's childhood home

Dream back to the various decades of the 20th century. In the Residential area in the open-air museum, you can refresh childhood memories and share them with your family.

In the Residential area you may also see the 1930s house which was Queen Sonja's childhood home. The house was built for the Haraldsen family, and Sonja lived here most of the time until she married Crown Prince Harald in 1968. The house is not open except for the summer season, but you can take a look in through the windows.

The living room in Queen Sonja's childhood home at the open air-museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer.

Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

Cabins and forest

Maihaugen does not only show historical homes from different times. The open-air museum also has a part with mountain cabins telling how the Norwegians cabin dream has developed over time.

In the upper part of the open-air museum you will find the 1890s forest with a nice forest trail. Information boards tell you how important forests have been and still are for us. In the old woodcutters' lean-to in the forest you are allowed to light a fire. (NB! Otherwise in the open-air museum, open fire is forbidden.)

Great exhibitions

There are open exhibitions both in the main building and outdoors in the open-air museum.

Inside the main building you may visit our new main exhibition Impulses – Norwegian artefacts with roots from abroad. The exhibition shows more than 800 of Maihaugen's most beautiful objects. Here you can see everything from folk art and costumes to weapons and musical instruments.

Do not miss another popular exhibition on Norway's history back from the Ice Age, We won the land. 

At Telthusmoen outside in the open-air museum, you will find a photo exhibition about how the open-air museum was created. In the Town there are open doors to the photo studio and book bindery.

Fun for children

Maihaugen has large park areas fun for children to explore.  In The Recidential Area there is a little playground.

The exhibition Impulses has a small playhouse with an exhibition for children.

Also see Maihaugen for children.

Animals and farm work

Both children and adults enjoy meeting the animals at Maihaugen.  The sheep go out all year round, and the horses help the museum farmers with various farm work done in the traditional way. The farmers are happy to show you their daily work. 

Farmer with horse and an old sowing machine at the field.

Photo: Audbjørn Rønning / Maihaugen

Café and Museum Shop

The Museum Shop and the café in the visitor center is open every day in the museum's opening hours.

You may also bring your own food for a nice picnic somewhere in the open air museum. Several places there are benches with a nice view.


Opening hours and tickets

See Maihaugen's opening hours .

Online tickets are available in Norwegian. You may also buy your ticket by the entrance, and we encourage you to pay by card.

See entrance fees.


Precautions for a safe visit

Maihaugen follows the laws and guidelines of the health authorities and take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of infection.

Read more about what we do to keep the museum visit as safe as possible.

Changes may occure if the guidelines of the health authorities change.