Have you ever been to the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy? Have you ever taken your kids along? I did last weekend and thought, oh my... a one-year old in a museum, this is going to be a nightmare! But we had visitors and they really wanted to go there, so we decided to give it a try. And guess what? We absolutely LOVED it! And by "we" I mean all of us, including little Thea. I found it a great family plan that for once, everybody -from grandpas to children- could enjoy. Oh, and you'll find all the facilities you need for children: bathrooms with changing tables, cafeteria, picnic tables, etc.
Most of the museum is outdoors and exhibits Norwegian houses and buildings from the middle ages until the 20th century. You can enter inside most of the houses, which makes it especially interesting for younger children. They can see how Norwegians used to live back in the days: low roofs, tiny beds, wooden fire kitchens and... no TV or Internet (whaaat?!?! ;). Everything is really well preserved and very nicely exhibited.
Most people working at the museum are dressed up like in old times, so you might run into a local baker or a farmer every now and then, which will make the experience extra fun for the kids. Some of the old shops that show how stores used to look back then are actually selling candy the way they used to. They even serve them in those cute little paper bags (love it!). I bet they will also enjoy that!
But, what did Thea (and me, to be honest) enjoy MOST? The animals! That was a huge surprise to all of us, since we didn't expect to find a farm in Folkemuseum, oh and what a farm! We got to see horses, cows, pigs, sheep, chicken, geese and rabbits. They were really well taken care of, too. The stables were really nice and clean and, most importantly, the animals looked very happy. You might have figured out by now that I'm a big animal lover, so being able to show my daughter animals living in good conditions feels just wonderful.
As you can see we were quite lucky with the weather! I hope September continues like this, so you also get the chance to spend a lovely, cultural and fun family-day outdoors like we did :). Below, you'll find more details about opening hours and prices. And here are some more photos of the super nice wooden houses and the museum surroundings:
May 15 - September 14: Every day 10 to 18
September 15 - 14 May: Weekdays 11-15, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11 to 16
Adults NOK 125
Children NOK 40
Reduced NOK 90 (Groups over 15, retired, studens)
Children under 6 FREE
Family NOK 250 (Parents/grandparents with children)
Have YOU also been at Folkemuseum? What did you like best? We can't wait to hear it!