Maihaugen is a cultural and historical museum with open-air museum and a regional museum of Gudbrandsdal in Lillehammer in Norway. It is the second largest open air museum in Norway and in the region one of the most visited tourist attractions.


The museum by the dentist Anders Sandvig (1862-1950) under the name De Sandvigske Samlinger was founded to collect ( The Sandvikschen collections ), which began in 1887 on his private land, old houses and buildings of farms in the Gudbrandsdal. When his land was too small, it the current site was offered for use, which was then already bore the name Maihaugen and a kind city park represented by the city of Lillehammer in 1904.

The museum was opened in 1904, and is now also a popular destination for surrounding residents to celebrate the 17th maize and for the burning of a Pentecostal fire. In 2005, finally, the name Maihaugen prevailed.


The museum consists of nearly 200 historic buildings in three areas:

  • The village ( bygda ) - settlements from the Gudbrandsdal in the 18th and 19th centuries, including the Garmo stave church
  • The city ( Byen ) - Lillehammer at the beginning of the 20th century
  • The Allotment ( Boligfeltet ) - Houses from almost every decade of the 20th century


  • As the country slowly became our - an exhibition on the history of Norwegian
  • Hidden Treasures - from the collections of Maihaugen
  • The old workshops - Craft Exhibition
  • Local arts and crafts objects from the Gudbrandsdalen

Furthermore, there are cafes, shops, and historical activities, and since 2003, the Norwegian Postal Museum ( Postmuseet ).

In addition to the Norwegian Postal Museum within Maihaugens to Norwegian Olympic Museum ( Norges Olympiske Museum ), Bjerkebæk are the home of Sigrid Undset's nearby as well as Aulestad the property Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson in Gausdal in the administration Maihaugens.