Valdres Folk Museum is one of the largest open-air museums in Norway, with historic buildings and installations, and exhibitions and guided tours showing how people lived in Valdres in former times. Visits may wander around more than 100 historic buildings and installations. Pigs, hens, sheep and cows roam the outfields. Old and young alike can enjoy walking on stilts or taking a walk along the nature trail.
Guided tours in July and August and otherwise subject to advance booking.
What do the visitors say?
"This museum was huge and very interesting. As a tourist you’ll learn/see what life was like in Norway." // S.K., Google 2019.
"Impressive collection of historical buildings from Valdres, in a beautiful setting. Good information and a great view." // G.G., Google 2019.
"The staff were incredibly friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. I was able to get some assistance with some genealogical research, my kids had a blast exploring the many buildings, we saw animals, and the gift shop featured locally made items and not just the usual souvenirs. I wish we'd had even more time to explore and enjoy the museum. It's definitely worth a visit." // 628jsf, Tripadvisor 2019.
"It was mid winter, and snow everywhere, but the museum was still open. The lass in charge actually opened some sections just for us to see, and she also put on a video of the beautiful musical instruments. The dolls dressed in National Costume were magnificent. The costumes hand made and intricate. We had an absolutely delicious lunch at the Munkekroen restaurant, then went to see the 100 or so regional houses from years gone by in the open air museum. It was a wonderful day out." // Irishrover, Tripadvisor 2020.
In the exhibition visitors can learn about nationalism, the King's Road througth Valdres, the Norwegian zither, national costumes and stave churches. The museum shop offers a wide selection of local folk music, books and handcrafted items. Enjoy a tasty meal or cup of coffee in the museum café!
Munkekroen Café and Restaurant
Indoor and outdoor seating available, with a view of the Strønda fjord. Home-made meals made from local ingredients, seasonal menus. Meat from free-range livestock, fermented trout and home-made sausages. A range of ecological herbs, coffee, tea and freshly baked bread on sale every day. Munkekroen has for several years made the top-ten list in a ranking of Norway's best roadside diners.