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Hvalstad

Asker Museum

  • Otto Valstadsvei 19, Asker
  • +47 66790011
  •  /  km From You
Overview

In addition to the Valstad collections, Asker Museum also contains Labråten – Hulda and Arne Garborg’s home, Albert Seheim’s workshop at Sem, the School Museum on Jansløkka, Strandsitterhuset on Konglungen and the Coastal Culture Centre in Vollen.

In addition to the Valstad collections, Asker Museum also contains Labråten – Hulda and Arne Garborg’s home, Albert Seheim’s workshop at Sem, the School Museum on Jansløkka, Strandsitterhuset on Konglungen and the Coastal Culture Centre in Vollen. 

Valstad’s collections

Asker Museum, the Valstad collections, lies in the Hvalstad valley, “Artists’ Valley” in Asker.

The heart of the museum is the home of Tilla and Otto Valstad. The museum has a lush garden with a Baroque flair. Along with its animal sculptures made by Anne Grimdalen, it features a rich in-house collection of objects. Fixed and changing exhibitions. Kafé Gunhild has the same opening hours as the museum.

Labråten – the poet’s home

Labråten was the home of poet Arne Garborg. With his wife Hulda Garborg, he settled there in 1897, and it hasn’t changed much since then. Labråten was home for the artistic couple from 1898 to 1934. It was also called “Målkroken” (literally, “the language corner”), because proponents of New Norwegian (an alternative standard of written Norwegian) often gathered there. Here the first seeds of The Norwegian Theatre sprouted. Labråten was a meeting place for friends and allies, a congregation for thoughts and creativity, where impulses from Europe and the rest of the world were communicated and passed on.

Sem Sag and Albert Seheim’s Workshop

The sawmill industry arrived in Asker around 1600, and Sem Sag became operational in 1612. There was a struggle over the wood since farmers also had a duty to get hold of coal for the Bærum ironworks, and a lot of lumber was used for salt cooking and calcination. Sem Sag is periodically run as a community sawmill and had restrictions on how much they wood they could cut. Albert Seheim’s Workshop lies on the other side of the river across from Sem Sag, and is a complete skiers’ and wheelwrights’ workshop.

Vollen Coast Cultural Centre

The Selvik villa was built in 1881 as a country home for the Øhlckers family. In 1994 the main building was restored and is today a museum with exhibitions and a cafe. Vollen’s history is related through models, text and pictures, with a special emphasis on the period between 1870 and 1950. The theme of the cultural and historical exhibition is boat building, yachting, trade, fishing, ice cutting, gardening and guests on vacation.


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Asker, Norway
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59° 51' 11" N / 10° 27' 19" E
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