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 Villa Fridheim

The theme manor on Bjørøya, in the middle of the Krøderfjord. Villa Fridheim, a manor house which houses a folk museum, is one of Norway´s largest timber buildings. The style is representative of romantic nationalism. The building was erected in 1890-92 as the country house of Drammen based timber merchant Svend Haug and his wife Thea Haug.

The architect was Herman Major Backer (1856-1932), whose other commissions included old Skaugum and St John´s Church, Bergen. The building functioned as a hotel and boarding house between 1914-60. The building was restored and opened as a folktale museum in the summer of 1986. In 1996 the museum opened a section dedicated to the great collectors of Norwegian fairy tales, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe and to noted illustrators Theodor Kittelsen and Christian Skredsvig.

A beautiful location in some of Norway´s countryside most typical of its cultural heritage. One of the country´s largest and most special timberbuildings. A folktale museum since 1986. Exhibitions each summer with themes taken from folktales, both national and international. A place of cultural and magical experiences. Art exhibitions, paintings and tableaux of famous folk tales, handicrafts and play room for children.


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