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Drammen Museum, dep. Friluftsmuseet

Drammen Museum has a fascinating history related to establishing an open-air museum. In 1914, the museum acquired a log cabin from Moldbakken in Torpo, Hallingdal, which had previously been exhibited at the Jubilee Exhibition in Frogner, Kristiania (now Oslo). The museum reconstructed the cabin in the park at Marienlyst. The ambition was to create an open-air museum modelled after the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, with a focus on showcasing the rural culture of Buskerud before industrialisation. The war halted the project of establishing an open-air museum in the city. Today, located 300 meters inside Spiraltoppen, the museum has reconstructed 21 old log houses that illustrate past farming practices and building traditions.

Short history: In 1914, Drammen Museum acquired a log cabin from Moldbakken in Torpo, Hallingdal. The cottage had been exhibited at the Jubilee Exhibition in Frogner (Kristiania), and the museum had borrowed the furnishings. Now, the museum could take ownership of the house and reconstruct it in the park at Marienlyst. Drammen Museum had budding ambitions to create an open-air museum inspired by the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, with the task of showcasing the rural culture of Buskerud before industrialization. Several old log houses from Hallingdal followed: a storage shed from Tunehagen in Ål was erected in 1917, a stable from Søre Villand in Hol was reconstructed in 1922, and a loft cabin from Mellom Rue in Hol was reconstructed in 1927. Then, a sauna from Rud in Hovet was added in 1937. The museum purchased these houses. However, the war halted the project, which aimed to create an open-air museum on a plot of land extending to Danvikgata. Now, in the middle of the city's recreational area, 300 meters from Spiraltoppen, 21 old log houses have been reconstructed to illustrate past farming practices and building traditions in Buskerud.

Source: Destination Drammen

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Drammen Museum, dep. Friluftsmuseet

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