Museums in Lillehammer
The biggest attraction is the Sandvig Collection at Maihaugen, which ranks as the largest open-air museum in Europe and houses 185 buildings plus more than 40000 objects. Maihaugen presents a rural society through churches, homes, farm yards and tools from the Gudbrandsdalen valley which extends north from Lillehammer. Guided tours are provided.
Lillehammer art museum
Lillehammer art museum is one of the nation’s leading art museums, and houses a collection consisting of approx. 1400 works by Norwegian artists dating from the 1800s and until today. The museum organizes a wide range of art exhibits every year. An extensive sales exhibit of craft art is on display.
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. 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.