Maihaugen offers activities and experiences for the whole family. This is the largest open-air museum in Norway with more than 200 historic houses from the 13th century until today.
Have a peek into historical homes
In the idyllic open-air museum there are more than 200 historic houses from as far back as the 13th Century to homes of the different decades of the 1900s. Here it is nice to stroll around and get an impression of how we lived in the past. This summer there are unfortunately not open homes for you to enter, but you may look through open doors of several of the historic houses. Some of them have audiogudies where you can listen to stories from the actual time period of the house.
A main attraction is the Garmo stave church from the 1200s.
Meet area hosts and see exhibitons
There are no ordinary guided tours or walking theaters this summer, but four places in the open-air museum you will meet our hosts who are happy to share their knowledge and answer your questions.
Maihaugen for children
There are new and exciting activity trails in the open-air museum for families with children (only in Norwegain).
Also see Maihaugen for children.
Animals and farm work
Both children and adults enjoy meeting the animals at Maihaugen. All summer, there are cows and sheep all around the idyllic grazing areas of the open-air museum.
The horses also graze on the meadows when they are not helping the museum farmers with different farm work done in the traditional way. The farmers are happy to show you their daily work. You can also meet pigs, chickens and rabbits.
Places to eat
There are several places to eat at the museum. You may also bring your own food for a nice picnic somewhere in the open air museum.
In addition to the café in the visitor center, the Kirkestuen café and the Bakery in the Town are open parts of the summer. There is also a kiosk at Valbjørseter at the top of the hills inside the open-air museum. See the opening hours of the eateries.
Open all year
During the winter season the doors at several houses are open for you to take a glimpse through.
All year you can enjoy several excellent exhibitions, like the indoor exhibition “We won the land” where you walk through tableaus from Norwegian history from the ice age till today.
The museum shop and the café in the visitor center is open all year round.
In the visitor center you can also visit the Norwegian Olympic Museum, telling the history of the 1994 Winter Olympics, among other Olympic moments from all over the world.
The Christmas market the first weekend of advent is worth a visit. Experience Christmas decorated historic homes, stalls selling quality products and lots of activities for children.
There is also a Children's Winter Day in February and a Children's Summer Day in the end of August, both with lots of activities for children of all ages. At June 23rd Maihaugen offers traditional Norwegian Midsummer celebration (cancelled in 2020).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Certificate of Excellence 2020
- Very Good196
- merlinsurrietrekkerGlenshaw, PennsylvaniaTrip Type:CouplesMust SeeWednesday, 18th September 2019Great idea by a forward thinking man to establish this museum to ancestral treasures. We had a lovely guide share the background of the founder, site, and many of the buildings. During the tour... Read full review
- myt2015Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaTrip Type:CouplesAmazing park - inadequate direction signs - could get lostThursday, 10th October 2019Nice big park with some 200 old to ancient buildings made of timbers and roof made of slate and grasses. All the buildings were unique in their own ways. There is a big pond which has many wild ducks... Read full review
- amandatallullahNew Ross, IrelandTrip Type:CouplesAn insight into traditional Nordic style buildingsMonday, 23rd December 2019Does as it says on the tin. In winter with the snow it was quite beautiful to walk around. Lots of different wooden cabins and building that represented classic style from days gone by. Set in... Read full review
- dogs on a leash are allowed
- family friendly
- open all year
- outdoor parking - surcharge
Museums, Galleries and crafts
- museum shop
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|12 June 2020 - 31 Aug 2020||NOK175.00|
|Children 6-15 years||NOK85.00 tickets|
|12 June 2020 - 31 Aug 2020||NOK85.00|
|Family ticket||NOK435.00 tickets|
|12 June 2020 - 31 Aug 2020||NOK435.00|
|12 June 2020 - 31 Aug 2020||NOK115.00|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
- Stiftelsen Miljøfyrtårn Eco-Lighthouse
|June – August (12 June 2020 - 31 Aug 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 16:00|
|Fall (1 Sept 2020 - 23 Dec 2020)|
|Tuesday - Sunday||11:00||- 15:00|
|Christmas (26 Dec 2020 - 30 Dec 2020)|
|Saturday - Sunday||11:00||- 15:00|
|Tuesday - Wednesday||11:00||- 15:00|
|Winter/Spring (1 Jan 2021 - 31 May 2021)|
|Tuesday - Sunday||11:00||- 15:00|