This is the best folkloric museum in Norway, and it's filled with farmhouses, cottages, churches, and town buildings, representing aspects of everyday life in the region over the past 3 centuries. Kids often find this attraction a kind of "Trondheim Disneyworld," but it's more real than Mickey Mouse land. It's both educational and fun to wander about, like a journey back to a living past. Standing 5km (3 miles) west of the center, the complex is composed of 60 historic, laboriously dismantled and reassembled buildings, all made from wood and stone, including the first all-brick building in Trondheim (ca. 1780). Among the compound's most intriguing buildings are the 200-year-old barns, many with sod roofs, many painted red, and most built of weathered natural wood. There's a cafe on the premises, but if you want a good meal, we recommend that you head next door to the celebrated restaurant Tavern på Sverresborg, which serves traditional Norwegian dishes. The proudest possession here is Norway's northernmost stave church.
On the grounds of the folk museum, within an antique building hauled in from some other part of the province, is an all-separate museum, the Sverresborg Ski Museum. Entrance to the ski museum is included in the price of admission to the Folk Museum, and hours are the same, too. Tracing the history of skiing in Norway, it contains antique skis from the 1600s to today, some carved in patterns inspired by the Vikings, and some with fur or sealskin cladding, which prevented them from sliding backwards during cross-country skiing. The museum is also surrounded by a nature park with animals.
- © Frommer's 2013
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