The Fishermen's Chapel at the lake Breisjøen in the open air-museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer.
Photo: Camilla Damgård / Maihaugen

The open-air museum

Maihaugen at Lillehammer is one of the largest and oldest open-air museums in Europe. Maihaugen is a living museum offering cultural experiences and family activities. 

The Rural section

The Open Air Museum at Lillehammer is possibly best known for the houses in the Rural section. The many sunburned buildings were the homes of farmers, craftsmen and local officials. Here you will meet the culture and the way of life of the old farming community. 

The Town

The Town at the Open Air Museum in Lillehammer is designed to look like an inland town in the early part of the 1900s. In summer there is plenty of life and activities, and a wide range of experiences for the whole family. 

Residential area

An exciting part of the Open Air Museum in Lillehammer is the residential area. Here you will find detached houses representing the various decades of the 1900s, and you can see the development of home standards and family life. 

Cultural landscape

A cultural landscape reveals the relationship between people and nature. At Maihaugen you can see how people of all times have shaped the landscape around them.