Vest-Agder Museum is a union of cultural heritage museums in the county of Vest-Agder in Norway: an open-air museum, Gimle Gård Manor House Museum, Odderøya Museum Harbour and Cannon Museum in Kristiansand, Setesdalsbanen Museum Railway in Vennesla, Mandal Town Museum, the working factory museum at Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik in Lindenes, Lista Eco-museum in Farsund and Flekkefjord Museum on the western county boundary. Main season: 15. June – 15. August. Here is a presentation of the museums:
15/6 – 20/8: Monday – friday: 10 – 17; saturday – sunday: 12 – 17.
Bus: Eastbound routes M1/M2/M3, the stop is Bjørndalssletta
Parking: free parking outside the mainentrance.
Kristiansand Museum is an open-air museum with 40 old houses arranged in the Setesdal Farmyard and the Old Street of Kristiansand. Take a walk through our beautiful open-air museum. Let our guides tell you about the history and traditions, let the children play and enjoy a cup of coffee at the cafeteria in Mørch’s Pavilion.
Children’s activities at the open-air museum in Kristiansand, every day from 1/7 to 06/8 Meet Norwegian farm animals in the courtyard, help to feed horses and sheep and learn about why the animals were important on the old farms. Explore the exciting walks with a nature trail and more!
Visit the uniquely decorated Tonstadbua in the Vest-Agder courtyard. In the museum building, there is an exhibition of Norwegian rose painting traditions in Vest-Agder.
Daily: 15/6-20/8: 11-17
Guided tours hourly from 11. Last guided tour at 16.
The Gimle estate was built around 1800. Collections of paintings, period furniture, china etc. reflect a family home through five generations. Now a cultural museum of historic interest, surrounded by an Englishstyle landscape manor house park. Combined tickets for the museum facilities at Gimle.
Gimle Gård has a photographic exhibition in the basement, with motifs from life at the estate. Ride a hobby-horse, try walking on stilts, use skipping ropes and
other historical children’s games at the courtyard outside Gimle Gård this summer!
PB 4048 Kongsgård
Phone: +47 38 10 26 80 Fax: +47 38 10 26 81
In fine natural surroundings at Møvik just outside Kristiansand stands a cannon battery from WW II. The cannon is the world’s second largest cannon installed on land. The cannon battery itself is 19.75 meters in length and weighs 110 tonnes. Construction of the cannon battery started in 1941 and along with the cannon battery at Hanstholm (Denemark) it was intended to control the shipping lanes in the Skagerrak.
We have re-opening parts of the old ammunition railway. The ammunition wagons have been rebuilt to carry passengers, and you can take a train ride around the fort area in the main season!
Tlf: +47 38 08 50 90
Odderøya Museum Harbour and the activity building are the first steps towards a major museum initiative linked to Kristiansand’s maritime history. We have drawn our inspiration from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s and want to tell you the history of the fibreglass boat and its unique association with the region. We aim to offer you a wide variety of activities linked to maritime history and coastal culture.
In the outdoor area, you will find an extensive exhibition of classic fibreglass craft. For each of the craft, there is information about the manufacturing process and use, as well as technical specifications.
At Odden, you will find an installation which consists of sun loungers and parasols. In the middle of the loungers, «crankophones» have been installed, where you can listen to «Summer memories from the south coast of Norway” (Sørlandske sommerminner), while the children enjoy a trip in the rowing boat.
On the first floor, you can visit the Skibsplast exhibition. This exhibition explains the history behind one of the region’s largest suppliers of fibreglass craft. You will be able to see the original mould and, eventually, a fully moulded craft. You will also be able to feel the various materials that are used to mould a fibreglass craft.
Children at the museum
It’s fun at the museum! You will find a variety of activities for the children, both indoors and outdoors. You can whittle a boat out of bark, make a crab line, make buttons, row a boat and much, much more. We also have the world’s only «Dobbophone», a unique musical instrument with sounds from gulls, water and engines! Make up your own song with cries of gulls and sounds from the water’s edge.
«Kabyssen» and the museum shop
“Kabyssen» is the museum harbour’s café. Coffees, teas, ice creams and other snacks are available. The museum shop offers something for everyone.
Odderøya Museum Harbour
For more information about Odderøya Museum Harbour, see our website www.vestagdermuseet.no/odderoya
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Setesdalsbanen is a narrow-gauge railway between Grovane and Røyknes in Vennesla. The line operates during the summer season running steam trains with old wooden coaches. At Grovane station and Røyknes station it is possible to buy light refreshments and souvenirs. With the authentic old train station buildings, the stylish teak carts, the century old locomotives and the smell of burning coal, you can join in on a unique journey through a small piece of Norway. The beautiful scenery is only an added bonus.
Routes 2018: Coming soon!
Tickets can be purchased at the station. It is not possible to pre-order single tickets.
Tickets are purchased at ticketsales at Grovane or Røyknes station, and open one hour before each train departure.
Ticket prices (NOK):
Chrildren (4-15 years): 70,-
Small children (0-3 år): Free
The Mandal Museum and Vigeland’s house will accommodate city walks and groups by arrangement throughout the year.
Summer season starts June 20th.
20/6 – 15/8 2016: Mom-fri kl. 11 – 17. Sat og sun 12 – 17.
The museum is situated in Andorsengården, which was the town’s most prominent trading establishment. The property was built in the years 1801 to 1805. Mandal has often been described as ”the small town with the great artists”. This is reflected in the museum where one can find works by, among others, Adolph Tidemand, Amaldus Nielsen and Gustav Vigeland. The museums maritime section boasts a collection of artefacts and paintings and the fishing section gives a good insight into the fishing equipment that was used.
Vigeland House: Children’s graphic art workshop at Vigeland House in the high season. From 7 years and upwards.
Sjølingstad Woollen Mill was established in 1894 and produced yarn and fabrics sold in great parts of southern Norway until 1984. In 1986 the idea of reopening the mill as a „working textile museum“ were launched. Government funds made it possible to purchase a majority of the shares, restore machines and buildings; and maintain the old industrial craftmanship. The spirit of days gone by still linger in these buildings where yarn, fabrics and blankets are produced on the old machinery, driven by our water power station with a turbine from 1913
A visit to Sjølingstad Woollen Mill Museum during the summer season gives you the possibility to get a guided tour around the factory. You learn the history of the mill, and follow the production line from raw wool to finished fabrics. Children can participate in our wool workshop making woollen pictures and learning a variety of woollen techniques. In our museum shop we have carded wool, knitting yarn, lanoline yarn and blankets for sale. The shop is open throughout the year (Monday-Friday)
Sjølingstad (8 km vest for Mandal)
Sjølingstad, 4513 Mandal
Phone: +47 38 25 60 23
Lista Museum was established in 1921. Currently our collections cover a long period of time. You will find the largest collection of the works of sculptor Mathias Skeibrok (1851-1896), a archaeological exhibitions, a school museum, a Coastal Culture Centre and the only intact lifeboat station from the late nineteenth century in Norway. Visit us at the Exhibition and Visitor Centre Nordberg Fort.
20/6-20/8: Mon-fri: 11-17; sat-sun: 12-17
Listed building from 1724 furnished as a middle-class home from the 1700-1900s with typical furniture and interiors. Rebuilt buildings in boathouse style with permanent and changing exhibitions. Guided tours in the town centre of Flekkefjord and the museum’s fishing vessel Solstrand (by appointment only).
Krambua is a restored country store that previously stood at Kirkegata 14. The building was erected in approx. 1830. The country store was run during the period between 1830 and 1860. According to the County Curator of Vest-Agder, the building represents one of the oldest preserved country stores in the country. Krambua now functions as a reception, shop and café. Visitors can enjoy a nice cup of coffee and taste (in our view)the world’s finest ice cream.
The wharfside warehouses
In addition to the permanent exhibition of L.K. Gulbrandsen’s works, the museum has changing exhibitions in the wharfside warehouses. You will always find something new to see.
Dr. Krafts gate 15-17
Phone: +47 38 32 81 40
Vest-Agder Museum IKS
Phone: +47 38 12 03 50