NG kAM CHUEN PETER
We started in the cafe for a bit of lunch and it was delicious, a bit pricey, but delicious, so worth a visit. This is a really well designed historical area and as you walk through the different areas, they represent the different cultural time periods. We saw a very detailed exhibit of Norwegian rural life, with many examples of barns and houses through the eras. The Stave church here is well preserved and a real treat. If you cannot get out of Oslo to see the Stave churches situated in the local surroundings, this is a good way to see one in Oslo. The cultural role-playing actors/educators were very knowledgeable and super friendly, excited to share their knowledge or conversation about Norway and Norwegian life in general. Great anthropological and historical experience. Expect to spend at least three hours minimum to do the exhibits justice.
We intended to spend a couple hours here and ended up spending twice that. If you're not pressed for time, don't skip the interior exhibits (in the building where you buy tickets). There is a lot of interesting Norwegian history, and it really sets the stage for the open air museum. The buildings, most transported here from elsewhere in Norway, are amazing. It really gives you a sense of what it could have been like in centuries past. The smell of the exhibits is also delightful. The entire experience was fantastic - if you're looking to learn about historic life in Norway, there is no better place.