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Karmsund Folk Museum is Haugesund's cultural history museum and is situated in the centre of Haugesund. The museum will help you discover the history of the entire region. The exhibitions showcase exhibits and artifacts from the 1650s up until the modern era. The museum focuses on showing how people in the region lived and worked.
Karmsund Folk Museum, which has four departments, enables visitors to explore, learn and perhaps even reminisce.
The ocean and herring have been key elements in the growth and development of the town, something that’s reflected in several of the exhibitions. What did the people who weren’t out at sea do? What impact did agriculture have on our region? Gain an insight into a community full of rich craftsmanship traditions. You can see beautiful bridal crowns, used as part of the national costume, a big part of the Norwegian culture.
You are of course welcome to spend the entire day exploring the museum, but much of the museum can be experienced in as little as 45 minutes. Within walking distance of Karmsund Folk Museum are two other museums: Dokken open-air museum and Haugesund Billedgalleri picture gallery. Tickets are valid for 48 hours and can be used in two museums.
The museums are suitable for all ages. For young visitors, there’s an exciting treasure hunt where children search for objects in the various departments. There are also regular lectures and screenings of local films. The museum shop sells traditional toys, local products, such as Christmas baubles with images of Haugesund, and various products from Blafre, a Norwegian design company. You can explore the museum alone or book a tour with one of the museum's expert guides. Please contact the museum for prices and to make a booking.