Norsk Folkemuseum

Gol Stave Church

Whit Monday is a public holiday in Norway and, as the weather was set to be fair, we decided to do some outdoors tourism at the Norwegian Folk Museum. This is an open-air museum with 150+ buildings from various different parts of Norwegian history transported to the site. Perhaps the most famous of this is the large wooden stave church.

We arrived at about half ten, half an hour before the stated opening times only to discover that this actually only applies to the interior exhibits and you can enter the grounds from nine o’clock. This gave us a bit of time to explore before the hoards descended.

This weekend was billed as "Life on the Farm". This meant that, in addition to the usual costumed characters, there were pony rides, horse-and-buggy rides, potato planting, grass scything and kubingo. The last of these involved two cows in a field divided in to a 3×3 grid… and I’ll leave the rest to your imagination!

Unfortunately the cafe was closed so we had to head out for lunch but there was no problem with re-admission. All-in-all we had a very enjoyable day and would certainly recommend the museum to anyone, with or without children.

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