Aulestad in Gausdal
Aulestad is one of the best preserved artist homes in Norway. The Nobel Laureate Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson lived here with his family from 1875 until his death in 1910. In 1935 Aulestad opened as a museum.
The author Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910) holds a prominent place in the hearts of Norwegians, primarily because he wrote the poem that later became the Norwegian national anthem in addition to many other poems and stories.
He published his first novel «Synnøve Solbakken» in 1857. In this and many other novels he told the story of the lives of ordinary people, partly rendered in an everyday language based on the vernacular of the region, which was unusual among his contemporary writers.
His historic and realistic plays have been staged to this day.
Early in the summer of 1875 the Bjørnsons moved to their new home at the Aulestad farm, a former posting inn in Gausdal. During the last two decades of the 19th century, with Aulestad as his vantage point, Mr. Bjørnson played an important part in literary, cultural and political life. He took an active stand in questions concerning human rights internationally.
In 1903 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature
After the death of his widow, Mrs. Karoline in 1934, their home was turned over to the state and opened to the public as a museum during the summer months.
Time has been stopped at Aulestad to give visitors an opportunity to experience the house and its beautiful garden as the authentic setting of the last part of Mr. Bjørnson’s authorship.
18th of May - 31th of August
Every day 11.00 - 16.00. Café, exhibits and guided tours.
Weekends in September.
Guided tours every hour from 10.00 - 16.00.