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Arts & Museums
The famous open-air museum Vest-Agder Fylkesmuseum recreates the life and culture of Norway in the 18th and 19th Century. The largest museum of its kind, it displays traditional costumes, folklore artifacts, thematic and photographic exhibits with an historical and cultural significance. It is the ideal place to check out the rich history of the area with displays of ancient furnishings, utensils and other rustic household elements. All in all, a large open-air venue that attracts people of all ages. Check website for more details.
Located amidst lush greens, is the interesting site more commonly known as the Agder Naturmuseum og Botanisk Hage. On-location is a natural history museum that is home to wide collections related to zoology and botany. Exhibits displayed depict the transition from Ice age to the current scenario. The museum outhouse is surrounded by a botanical garden that offers visitors the chance to experience rare botanical beauty. Home to the most varied collection of succulent plants, the site has something for everyone. The botanical gardens are open all year long. Perfect for both history lovers and nature enthusiasts, the attraction is one of a kind that is worth exploring. Check website for more details about varying open days.
Arkivet is a building completed in the year 1935 located in Kristiansand, Norway. It was occupied by Gestapo from 1942-1945 and served as the headquarters in southern Norway. The building is now owned by a foundation called Stiftelsen Arkivet which operates a museum in the basement of the building. The basement is reconstructed to look like it was during Gestapo's occupancy. The torture chambers, cells and equipment are re-created in the museum. A monument in front of the building bears the names of 162 people who were killed in concentration camps.
The Kristiansand Kanonmuseum or more locally, the Gun Museum has a story to tell. The center is not simply a sterile building of artistic displays, rather it features massive canons that today stands as a testimony to the earlier German invasion of Norway. The most popular and notable cannon is the incredible German Vara Battery. For its unique identity, the site always gets a mention and is well worth a visit. Call ahead for more details.
Lillesand Town- and Maritime Museum is located in Lillesand, Norway. The museum is opened in a former merchant's house from 1827 and is dedicated to the cultural history of the town. The main building has a collection of old tools, furniture, utensils, etc. used by the people of the town. The old warehouse and merchant store in the backyard of the building have barns, scullery room, sailors' house, smiths workshops, etc. An old customs house is also a part of the museum and houses a customs museum. Guided tours are available at the museum outside the opening hours.
The charming town of Grimstad on the southern coast of Norway is home to the first ever museum dedicated to Henrik Ibsen, a legendary playwright and lyricist. The museum, in 1916, was housed inside a former pharmacy called Lars Nielsen, where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked as an assistant from 1844 to 1847. The two story structure dates back to the middle of 18th Century and is comprised of various sections on each floor. The lower floor holds a Grimstad room, which tells us about the city at that time and exhibits an excellent model replica of the same. However, it is the bedroom which is the highlight of the section as this is the place where he lived, and more importantly, wrote his first play Catilina. Various documents and artifacts can be found in this section showcasing his way of living. The upper floor is more inclined towards his works as a poet and playwright with sections comprising of stories and manuscripts of his drama literature. Besides, a room in this section presents a modern database of his work in his lifetime and another is used for hosting various events from time to time. Call or visit their website for more information about group tours and more.