The outdoor museum occupies around 28 acres of land, containing between 30 and 40 different houses that have been relocated from various Sogn villages. Many of them have been arranged as homesteads. You will find examples of most historically common Sogn village buildings. The oldest are from the 1500s, ranging from a Middle Age log house to an old vicarage building and a 1980s prefabricated house. There are arches, lofts, barns and other farm buildings, mills and boathouses, smithies, dryhouses, wood storage and outhouses – as well as a remarkable beacon house.
The outdoor museum sits in a beautiful nature area, with crop fields, meadows and pastures. We have footpaths, playgrounds and nature trails, making the museum an attractive destination for visitors of all ages.
The project of turning the museum into a cohesive cultural landscape was prioritised in the 1980s, and is still evolving. A lot of the cultural landscape relates to 19th century agriculture, and during the season you will be able to see examples of the various farming work. In the summer we also have animals of local historical breeds, including cows, sheep, pigs and chickens. The farm helps bring the museum to life, and the animals add extra flavour to the experience, especially for children.
Photo: The Inner Sogn Homestead. Credit: Thomas Bickhardt/BickFoto.