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Sømna Bygdetun – an open-air museum

Sømna Bygdetun highlights how the lives of fishermen-farmers and their families changed in the course of the years 1800–1950.

The open-air museum is located next to Sømna Church in Gamle Vik, a church site dating back to the medieval period. The main focus is on agriculture and culinary culture, reflected in the architecture and exhibits. The garden, originally established in 1912, has been reconstructed and can be visited along with the kitchen garden, which features ancient grain varieties, traditional crops, herbs, and vegetables.

Since the Middle Ages there has been a church in the village of Vik. The present church is a neo-gothic wooden long church built in 1876. Its beautiful altarpiece was made by an artist named Even Ulving. The church accommodates 600 people for its services.

Sommerdagan – a summer celebration
At the end of July every year, Sømna invites locals and visitors to its summer celebration. Many of the events are held at the museum. Here are exhibitions, a variety of stands, traditional baking and hay harvesting, and naturally all the buildings are open to the public.

Opening hours
The museum is open in the summer, during cultural events and on request.

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Sømna Bygdetun – an open-air museum

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