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The beautiful villa on Lysøen (the Island of Light) was built as a summer residence for the Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull in 1873. Ole Bull's musical excellence influenced contemporary artists. The villa is open to the public in the summer. Guided tours.
The open-air Old Bergen Museum is a reconstructed small town consisting of around 50 wooden houses and buildings dating from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
The Museum, set in a beautiful maritime area, traces the lives of Øygarden’s coastal inhabitants from the ice age until the present day. The main exhibition, "Sea, Earth, Wind and Fire" examines the use of resources in a typical coastal community over the past 10 000 years.
Visit the Coastal Museum, the maritime area in Ovågen and the oil technology facilities at Kollsnes, for an exciting journey through the history of Øygarden’s resources.
Damsgård Country Mansion was erected in the 18th C. It is considered Norway’s main work of the Rococco architecture and perhaps Europe’s best preserved wooden Rococco building. The building has the original interiors. The garden is recreated as it could have been 200 years ago.
Folk museum focusing on the traditional industries like agriculture, fishing, arts and crafts. Permanent and changing exhibitions.
Håkon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Håkon Håkonsson. It was the largest and most imposing building of the royal residency in the 13th-century when Bergen was the political centre of Norway.
Founded in the 15th c., St. George’s was a hospital for lepers until the middle of the 20th c. The present day buildings date back to the 18th c.
The tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortified tower.
The School Museum takes you on an exciting journey through the history of Norwegian Schools and with it the history of Norwegian society from the Middle Ages to this day. The writer Ludvig Holberg is the most famous pupil to have attended the Latin School in Bergen.