Garmo Stavkirke - Maihaugen
  • Garmo Stavkirke - Maihaugen
  • Man and woman in old costumes by a wooden fence in front of old timber houses at the open-air museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer in Norway.
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  • Queen Sonja's childhood home at Maihaugen.
  • Guide at Maihaugen in her national costume.
  • Garmo Stave church - winter
  • Family in front of the stave church at Maihaugen.
  • Children sleighing at Maihaugen.

Maihaugen Museum


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 until today. All year 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.

A main attraction is the Garmo stave church from the 1200s

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 at the moment, but you can take a look in through the windows.

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.

Great exhibitions

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

All year you can visit Maihaugens main exhibition Impulses with over a thousand Norwegian cultural treasures such as folk art, textiles, toys, musical instruments and weapons. The main theme is influence and contact across national borders.

You may also visit visit the exciting exhibition on Norway's history back from the Ice Age, We won the land.

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. The playground is open with play equipment and historic playrooms. 

There is an activity trail 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 and chickens. The animals are outside until mid October if the fall does not get to chilly.

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.

The Norwegian Olympic Museum is located in the visitor center at Maihaugen. The Olympic Museum is telling the history of the 1994 Winter Olympics, among other Olympic moments from all over the world.



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  • myt2015
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Trip Type:
    Amazing park - inadequate direction signs - could get lost
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th October 2019
    Nice 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
  • amandatallullah
    New Ross, Ireland
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    An insight into traditional Nordic style buildings
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 23rd December 2019
    Does 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
  • lyndawilson72
    East Lothian, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Open air museum worthy of visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 7th August 2020
    Large outdoor museum dedicated to Norwegian life over the centuries. Lovely gardens to walk around and picnic. Favourite part was the area where they have a different house from each decade from... Read full review



  • Eco-certified

General facilities

  • dogs on a leash are allowed
  • family friendly
  • open all year
  • outdoor parking - surcharge
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • shop

Museums, Galleries and crafts

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  • museum shop

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
AdultsNOK135.00 tickets
1 June 2021 - 31 Aug 2021NOK175.00
Children 6-15 yearsNOK65.00 tickets
1 June 2021 - 31 Aug 2021NOK85.00
Family ticketNOK335.00 tickets
1 June 2021 - 31 Aug 2021NOK435.00
StudentNOK95.00 tickets
1 June 2021 - 31 Aug 2021NOK115.00

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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Maihaugvegen 1
2609 Lillehammer

Tel: +47 61 28 89 00


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Opening Times

Spring (6 Apr 2021 - 30 May 2021)
Tuesday - Friday11:00 - 15:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
June – August (1 June 2021 - 31 Aug 2021)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank HolidayClosed
Fall (1 Sept 2021 - 3 Oct 2021)
Tuesday - Friday11:00 - 15:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Week 8 and 9 (4 Oct 2021 - 17 Oct 2021)
Tuesday - Friday11:00 - 15:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Fall / Winter (18 Oct 2021 - 23 Dec 2021)
Tuesday - Friday11:00 - 15:00
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Christmas (26 Dec 2021 - 30 Dec 2021)
Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - Thursday11:00 - 16:00


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Tuesday, 6th April 2021 - Sunday, 30th May 2021

Tuesday, 1st June 2021 - Tuesday, 31st August 2021

Wednesday, 1st September 2021 - Sunday, 3rd October 2021

Monday, 4th October 2021 - Sunday, 17th October 2021

Tuesday, 19th October 2021 - Thursday, 23rd December 2021

Sunday, 26th December 2021 - Thursday, 30th December 2021

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