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“An interesting look into how the weathly lived in Bergen!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Damsgaard Manor - Bymuseet i Bergen

Damsgaard Manor - Bymuseet i Bergen
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Ranked #53 of 124 things to do in Bergen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Bergen was a large, busy and rich town at the end of the 18th century. Amongst the aristocracy it was popular to build luxurious countryside retreats for entertainment, recreation and perhaps a bit of farming. Around 1800 there were as many as 70 of these retreats in the surroundings of Bergen. The finest of them all was Damsgaard, which unashamedly presented its splendid, castle-like facade towards both the shipping lanes and the town. Damsgaard was built in the 1770s for the Minister of War; Gyldenkrantz. From 1983 to 1993 major protection, conservation and restoration work was carried out. The interiors provide an outstanding example of a Bergen country retreat from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the garden has been recreated to show what it might have been like in the 1780's, with authentic ornamental plants, vegetables, herbs, bushes, trees, statues and drinking fountains. Damsgaard Manor is the most important example of Rococo architecture in Norway, and is perhaps the best preserved wooden building in Europe from this period.
Bergen, Norway
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“An interesting look into how the weathly lived in Bergen!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2012

Well worth the visit to a classic home in Bergen. Only opened in the summer season, they give tours in Norwegian and English. Interesting to see how they displayed the wallpaper used in the home over the years. The small garden on the outside is pretty, when in bloom, however if you are there in the early summer, there is nothing much there yet. You can take Bus 19 from the Galleria Shopping Building in downtown Bergen. Check The Bergen Guide for opening hours and the times of the guided tours. Some stairs.

Visited August 2011
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“A little gem of a house 3 km outside city center”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2011

This building from the 17 th century was rebuilt around 1770 in rococco style for a norwegian noble man with dutch roots called Gyldenkrantz. At his death in 1795 the house was actioned away to one of the riches man in norway called Jansson. His family
owned the house an keept it close to its original state until 1983 when it was restorated by Bergen county (Vestnorske kunstindustri museum was given the job). It took 10 year before it could open as a museum. Layer upon layer of wallpaper representing different periods in the buildings history was revealed. Old people from the are still refer to it as the Jansson house.

Me and a friend of mine went to visit this building on a sunday in august. It cost 60 NOK (30 NOK for students) to visit. We came 15 min after the guided tour but since there were no other people the guide showed us around. She had great knowlege of the house and took us back in time to the 18 th and 19 th century Norway. Afterwards we attended a flute consert in the main ballroom hall upstairs.
20 year ago when I came to Bergen I passed this strange looking house every day but I never guessed what a gem it was on the inside. I will recommend this place to people who visit Bergen in may - beginning of september. In the winter time I think it is closed.
Take bus # 16 or 17 fra Olav Kyrres gt./ Galleriet towards Gravdal/Nipedalen. The ride will take you 5-10 min and the bus stops right outside the manor.

Visited August 2011
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