Many Norwegian towns have open-air museums featuring old buildings that have been moved and put on display. This is one of the best of them. This museum consists of 180 buildings, from manor houses to the cottage of the poorest yeoman worker, and there are more than 40,000 exhibits. The houses reassembled here and furnished in 17th- to 18th-century style came from all over the Gudbrandsdal (Gudbrands Valley). Of particular interest is the Garmo Stave Church, built in 1200.
You can also visit 37 old workshops, displaying activities ranging from gunsmithing to wood engraving, and a large exhibit covering Norwegian history from 10,000 B.C. to the present. The museum lies about 10 minutes on foot from the town center or a 20-minute walk from the train station. Head up Jernbanegata, turn right onto Anders Sandvigs Gate, and then go left up Maihaugvegen following the signposts. The city's concert hall is also at the museum, and two on-site cafeterias serve Norwegian food.
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- Highly Recommended 2010