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Maihaugen for kids

Maihaugen at Lillehammer is a different kind of playground with many activities for children. Here they will get a taste of what life was like in the old days, in addition to many other exciting experiences.

Maihaugen at Lillehammer is a different kind of playground with many activities for children. Here they will get a taste of what life was like in the old days, in addition to many other exciting experiences.

During summer you can find animals all over the museum. In the backyard of the Olsen home in The Old Town there are rabbits and hens. In the four lakes wild ducks (mallards) settle throughout the warm season. Farm animals like horse, cows, goats and sheep graze or work in the rural part of the museum, and the pig and hens are kept at the Øygarden farm.

Walking plays
Maihaugen's walking plays are popular for the whole family. These plays are a very good way to convey past history, and they contribute to making the past exciting and alive. A walkin play is often based on dramatic and mystical incidents that you take part in to find the solution. The walking plays run every day from mid June to mid August.

Try your luck at fishing
There are fish to be caught in Breisjøen! Children may try their luck using the bamboo rods placed by the lake. If you catch a fish you may keep it if you like.

The Animals at Maihaugen
Many animals live at Maihaugen. We have sheep, hens, pigs, horses, cows rabbits and more.

During the summer they are outside grazing around in the open-air museum.

The train and the railway station
The train is exciting for children. It has a locomotive, a postal carriage and a goods carriage containing the exhibition "Post by Rail". You are free to walk through the train, try sitting in the compartments and looking out at the railway station.

Visiting the Postal Museum
In the attic of the Norwegian Postal Museum in the Town at Maihaugen, there are activities for children during the summer. You can for example draw your own stamp, write an old-fashioned letter and fold it in the way it was done before envelopes were used. You can pretend to be a postman and sort post into postal shelves, or you can try sitting at old tilted school desks.

Treasure hunt
Join in a treasure hunt for the whole of the family. In the treasure hunt "Message batons" you must find the message batons that are placed around the open-air museum at Maihaugen.

Little Grey Fergie
At Maihaugen there are two Little Grey Fergie tractors. One is in daily use at the museum, the other one is placed at the Jørstad barnbridge and you can climb on it!

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