DRAMMENs Friluftsmuseum on a snow-white winter day!

Located on top of the Bragernes hill in Drammen, the Open Air Museum (Friluftsmuseum) is a collection of 25 traditional Norwegian houses from all over the Buskerud region. It is part of the Drammen Museum for Art and Cultural History, County Museum and Gallery for the region of Buskerud (Drammens Museum for kunst og kulturhistorie, fylkesmuseum og galleri for Buskerud) Foundation along with the Drammen Museum in Marienlyst, the Drammen Art Society, the Foundation Gulskogen Farm, the Thaulow collection of art and curiosities from Modum Bad, and the Austad Farm.

Drammen in winter
Drammen in winter
Drammen in winter
Drammen in winter
Drammen in winter
Drammen in winter

It was a cold winter day in February when my bf and I first visited the open air museum. The city was covered in ice and snow, making it a bit challenging for me to climb up the hill. Bragernesåsen (Bragernes hill) is also where Spiralen, a spiral-shaped tunnel carved out of the mountain in 1953, is located. On top is a cozy restaurant with a breath-taking view of Drammen and its river and many trails going through Drammensmarka, and also, the interesting museum.

The path going up the hill, also called Zigzagen
The path going up the hill, also called Zik-zakken
The path going up the hill, also called Zik-zakken
The path going up the hill, also called Zik-zakken
A wild plant on the way
A wild plant on the way

The Friluftsmuseum started in 1914 when the museum took over a timber house from Hallingdal. They wanted to build an open air museum which showcases the traditional farm life of Norwegians in the region before industrialization began. From 1917 until WWII, the museum had been buying traditional houses, until it managed to acquire 20 houses to be placed in Kobbervikkskogen in Tangen. However, it had been difficult for the museum to operate in Tangen, and so, they decided to move the houses to its current location now — on top of the Bragernes hill. From 1987 to 2000, 21 traditional timber houses were moved to Bragernesåsen.

Welcome to the Open Air Museum!
Welcome to the Open Air Museum!
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
http://drammens.museum.no/arkitektur/friluftsmuseet
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum, a rooftop
Drammens Friluftsmuseum, a rooftop
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
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Drammens Friluftsmuseum

 

The houses were built as early as the 1600s. For more information about the specific buildings, visit: http://drammens.museum.no/arkitektur/friluftsmuseet. The page is in Norwegian. Winter is probably not the best time to visit the Friluftsmuseum because you can only experience them from outside. Nevertheless, I totally enjoyed playing in the snow, and my bf and I lit a little bonfire and grilled sausages and marshmallows and that’s just perfect!

Deep snow is deep!
Deep snow is deep!
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Norwegian woods
Where we sat
Where we sat
Firewood
Firewood
Grilling in winter
Grilling in winter
Cover the bonfire with snow after grilling!
Cover the bonfire with snow after grilling!

Grilling and making a small bofire in nature is fun! Luckily, my Swedish bf knows a lot about surviving in the woods, so I get to experience nature at its finest. As of January 2016, making grilling fires in Norway is prohibited from April 15 to September 15, by the way! I’m looking forward to grilling in the snow again! 😛

This is all for now! The Open Air Museum is definitely worth a visit. It sits on a wonderful location, and visitors will surely learn more about the earlier lifestyle of the people from Buskerud. 😉 Until then! Cheers! ❤

Drammens Friluftsmuseum
Drammens Friluftsmuseum
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