Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum)

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At the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, visitors can learn about traditional Norwegian architecture, early farm life and more. Several buildings are worth checking out at this open-air museum, including the 13th-century Stave Church from Gol and the medieval-style Setesdal Farmstead. Travelers will also spot reenactors in period attire participating in traditional dances, crafts and other activities every summer.

According to past museumgoers, history enthusiasts and families will enjoy exploring this cultural attraction. In fact, one reviewer said this property is a less-crowded version of Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia. If you have some spare kroner, several previous travelers recommend buying a voucher for homemade lefse (a rolled flatbread typically sweetened with sugar and cinnamon) from the Visitor Center.

The easiest way to get to the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, which sits on the Bygdøy peninsula, is to take the No. 30 bus to the Folkemuseet stop or to use the seasonal ferry. Public parking is also available nearby for a fee. Admissions cost 130 kroner (approximately $16) for adults, 100 kroner (roughly $12) for seniors and students, and 40 kroner (less than $5) for children ages 6 to 17. Kids 6 and younger and travelers with Oslo Pass cards get in for free. Tickets include access to all of the museum's exhibits, plus two cafes and a gift shop. The property is open every day from mid-May to mid-September between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. During the colder months, the museum welcomes visitors between 11 a.m. and 3 or 4 p.m., depending on the day. Find out more by visiting the attraction's website.

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