Buskerudmuseet (The museums of Buserud), is made up by 13 departments in 18 locations in the entire county. Here you will find exciting activities for the entire family. Remember that a museum can give you healthy life long interests... Welcome!
Buskerud Fylkesfotoarkiv - Buskerud museum’s photography department
The department photographs and produces photographic material for all the museum’s departments. Buskerud Fylkesfotoarkiv is responsible for conservation of photographs for the county and is part of a national network for the conservation of photographic heritage.
Our conservation work means that we travel extensively. Our offices are open by prior appointment.
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The folk music centre in Buskerud - The museum by Norefjell
Are you interested in folk music and would like to dive deep into our archives? Are you planning a recording? Would your children like to the play the Harding fiddle? Please contact our folk music centre to make an appointment. The folk music centre is responsible for conserving and providing information about folk music and dance in Buskerud. We have a large archive of Norwegian folk music, our own recording studio and a concert venue with fantastic acoustics. We also hire out Harding fiddles and have one of Norway’s greatest CD collections.
In the second weekend of November every year, Buskerud folk music association holds a gathering for children and youths. Old traditions are promoted and exciting new ideas are created when the old and the new cross paths.
Fossesholm - One of Norway’s grandest manor houses
In 1541, Peder Hanssøn, lord of Akershus, brought together a number of properties to form the enormous estate Fossgodset. The estate was the driving force behind one of the first major Norwegian investments in sawmills and timber trade with Europe. In the 1760s, merchant Jørgen Cappelen bought the manor and began a substantial expansion and modernisation of the estate. The old main building is now a museum where you can admire the beautiful interiors from the manor’s golden age in the 18th century.
There is also a home front museum with changing exhibitions, a handicraft shop and a small cafe. In the summer, there are a number of activities at Fossesholm, including activity days for children, concerts and plays. Before Christmas we create a seasonal spirit with our own Christmas shop. Our premises are available all year for weddings and other functions.
Hagan - The home of the artist Chr. Skredvig
Hagan was the home of the painter and author Christian Skredsvig (1854–1924). Skredsvig is best known in Norway for paintings such as “The Sallow Flute” and “Idyll”, while his animal paintings won him great success in Paris. Both the house and the interior remain the same as when the artist and his family lived there. The walls are full of his own works of art and those of his artist friends, totalling about 150 originals.
Visitors are given a personal tour of the many rooms and staircases of this exceptional house, which Skredsvig himself designed. The guide will tell the story of the house and of Chr. Skredsvig’s life and art. The old barn at Hagan has been rebuilt and is now a gallery featuring Skredsvig’s paintings with new exhibition themes every summer. It also houses the French-style Cafe 1889. Prints of Skredsvig’s art, books etc. are for sale in the old food store building from 1668.
Hallingdal Museum, Nesbyen - One of Norway’s oldest open air museums
Hallingdal folk museum was established in 1899 as one of the first open air museums in Norway. It comprises 29 buildings and has a collection of 11,000 objects that depict history from the middle ages until the 20th century. There is also a photo archive. Most of the buildings are from Hallingdal and depict rural culture and industry through the ages. “Stavloftet”, from around 1340, is one of Norway’s oldest non-church buildings. Another unusual building is the emigrants’ house from North Dakota.
The museum offers changing exhibitions, a permanent costume exhibition, activity days, story-telling theatre and the activity area “energy sources in old rural societies”. There is also a small log-driving station where children accompanied by adults can drive small logs down “the river”. “In the Footsteps of Gude” is a path through old Nes and up alongside the waterfalls in the museum grounds. This is where the artist Hans Gude found many of his motifs.
Krøderbanen - Norways longest museum-railway
Krøderbanen ble åpnet i 1872 og er en av de eldste jernbanene i Norge. Banen ble bygget som smalsporsbane og ombygget til normalspor i forbindelse med Bergensbanens åpning i 1909. Deretter ble banen og stasjonene liggende nesten uforandret til den ble nedlagt som NSB-bane i 1985. Siden da har banen vært drevet som museumsjernbane av Norsk Jernbaneklubb og Stiftelsen Krøderbanen.
De åpne veterantogturene på Krøderbanen kjøres alle søndager fra siste søndag i juni til siste søndag i august. Det kjøres også noen spesialarrangementer på andre dager. De fleste starter turen på Krøderen eller Vikersund stasjon, men det er også mulig å gå av togene underveis på Kløftefoss, Snarum og Sysle. Du velger selv om du vil reise en vei eller tur-retur. På alle avganger unntatt siste avgang, vil du kunne komme tilbake til utgangspunktet.
The Labro museums - Explore the history of hydropower and roads
Labromuseene is a group of museums comprising Norsk Vassdragsmuseum, Numedalslågens Fløtningsmuseum and Norsk Vegmuseum Labro, which depict the history of hydropower, log-driving and roads. The museums are situated next to the waterfall Labrofossen, around 6 km south of Kongsberg. Galleri Labro is also located here.
The road museum Norsk Vegmuseum Labro presents the history of the roads in the counties of Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark and Agder; from paths and king’s roads to today’s motorways. Explore the workshop with its smithy and tools. The museum also has road construction machinery and drilling equipment. In the activity area, children and adults can play with water and learn about energy generation by seeing historical devices powered by water.
Lauvlia - Th. Kittelsens artist home in Sigdal
Lauvlia was the home of the artist Theodor Kittelsen (Th. Kittelsen, 1857–1914). This much-loved artist is well known for his fairytale illustrations and evocative paintings of people and trolls, animals and landscapes. Kittelsen moved with his family to their new home Lauvlia i 1899 – into a fairytale landscape.
Two of the buildings are dedicated to activities for children, where they can paint or make their own toys. There is also a children’s trail, or the kids can follow in the footsteps of Kittelsen up to “Flya” and be inspired to paint a picture outdoors. Easels and brushes are ready for use! Guided tours and activities for groups with children and adults can be booked in advance.
The Lågdal museum - The family-friendly museum in the heart of Kongsberg
Founded in 1924, Lågdalsmuseet is a heritage museum for Kongsberg, Sandvær and Numedal. It is located in the fields of old Glitre Gård, just five minutes’ walk from the town centre. In the summer season, traditional farm animal breeds graze in the fields. The museum is home to Norway’s only preserved “tower barn”, an important monument from the time the town’s mining families also farmed the land.
The main building houses a gallery and various exhibitions, including folk art and a Rolf Hansen pottery exhibition. You can also see the workshops used by some of Kongsberg’s tradesmen and Norway’s only specialist museum for spectacles and optical equipment. There are activities, events and guided tours at the museum all year round.
Nøstetangen Norsk Glassmuseum - Norway’s only glass museum
The glassworks Nøstetangen Glasværk (1741–1777) was founded by King Christian VI in Hokksund – “in the far-away forests”. The chandeliers in Kongsberg church and the bowls engraved by Heinrich Gottlieb Køhler are the finest relics from Norway’s first glassworks. The museum also boasts fine glassware from Hurdal, Gjøvig, Hadeland, Høvik, Magnor and Randsfjord glassworks and industrial glass from Drammen glassworks.
The museum is in the old “Sorenskrivergården” building from 1904 in Hokksund, which is in the beautiful park Skriverparken on the banks of the river Drammenselva. After a tour of the museum, you can relax in the park and enjoy a coffee with waffles, or you can go for a stroll along the riverbank.
Portaasen, Wildenvey's Country - A centre of poetry
Portåsen is a hub of creativity in the field of poetry, and aims to be a national meeting place for poets and artists. We work actively and with courage to become visible promoters of poetry. We wish to stimulate reading and writing. There is plenty to do at Portåsen, and we have many arenas for our events and celebrations.
We hold readings and poetry nights throughout the year. We also organise activities aimed at youths. Visit our home page to keep up to date on various activities and exhibitions. ”Låven” – the old barn – houses changing exhibitions, with special themes, pictures and much more. Set aside a day to spend time with family, friends or colleagues. Organise a family get-together or a company outing to Wildenwey country, and give everyone a unique experience in creative and stimulating surroundings. Contact us for a good offer.
Ringerikes Museum - Bullet holes in the walls and fairytales in the bag
Ringerike museum was founded in 1923. It acquired and moved into the enormous timber building Norderhov vicarage around 1960. The house dates back to 1635, and until 1960 it was the residence of the vicar of Norderhov church. Welcome to an exciting museum and learn how significant people and dramatic events have left indelible marks on Norway’s history!
The museum tells the dramatic story of how the courageous wife of the vicar, Anna Colbjørnsdatter, tricked several hundred Swedish soldiers in the battle of Norderhov in 1716. A large number of Swedish soldiers were killed. Bullet holes in the walls and weapons in the room bear witness to the terrible event. The dried up body of Anna is still in the crypt of Norderhov church.
Sigdal Museum - A museum for the districts of Sigdal, Modum and Krødsherad
Stop for a rest at Sigdal’s amazing open air heritage museum in Prestfoss. The museum is open in the summer, from June to August. An idyllic farm setting with several old timber buildings that represent the building style and traditions of Sigdal. Sigdal museum comprises Eggedal water mill (the Tveiten collections), Dalen crofter’s farm, Buskerud folk music centre and Prestfoss museum.
There are permanent exhibition of traditional costumes and folk music instruments, and a new summer exhibition every year. Guided tours on the hour. The museum cafe and store sell locally produced food, traditional handicraft, books and folk music from Buskerud.
Veien kulturminnepark - Go back in time
Veien Kulturminnepark is a heritage site located in the heart of Ringerike just north of Hønefoss. The Iron Age burial field is one of the largest such sites found in eastern Norway. It is on the Norwegian heritage council’s list of highly prioritised ancient monuments. The first map of the burial field, from 1847, marks out 150 burial mounds. Around 100 of these mounds have been preserved. The burial field dates back to the Bronze and Iron Ages, from 900 BC to 550 AD.
The location of the burial field is not random. Archaeological finds and farm names reveal that this area was a centre of political and religious power in the Iron Age. For generations this was an important meeting place for both secular and spiritual activities.
Villa Fridheim - Norway’s only fairytale museum
Villa Fridheim is a timber house built in the Swiss style, which was typical for country retreats around 1900. It is the tallest and best preserved building of its kind in Norway. The villa was built by timber merchant Svend Haug and his wife Thea, and was completed in 1892. Like a fairytale castle, Villa Fridheim sits on the island of Bjørøya in the middle of the Krøderfjorden lake, with the Norefjell mountains as backdrop.
The guesthouse closed in 1960 and the villa was empty for 20 years. In 1980, Villa Fridheim was rescued from demolition, and reopened as a fairytale museum in 1986. The magnificent fairytale paintings form part of the museum’s permanent exhibition and depict Norwegian and foreign fairytales. Every year, the museum exhibits the work of guest artists. The museum has activities for children, a museum shop, cafe, canoe hire, a fairytale festival, concerts, jumble sales and a Christmas market. We welcome bookings for groups, functions and weddings.