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Excellent museum with great scenography & beautiful stave church

The West Telemark Museum covers an impressive period of time and presents traditional crafts as... read more

Reviewed 29 July 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Friendly staff

The exhibit was interesting and the staff was friendly. The whole place was very clean and user... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2020
Odense, Denmark
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

I was told that the museum was awarded as one of the best Norwegian museums a few years ago. In my opinion, it is not the best museum ever visited, but it is quite nice. Gives you an insight into history and culture of West-Telemark without being too informative.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank 721maritab
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Reviewed 30 September 2016

The Museum itself has various aspects of the old culture all the way back in time, in addition to the recent centuries. Of special importance is the history of the mining and production of the Eidsborg whetstones that was exported to the continent. More so there are a large number of old buildings in the area around the museum, the most special is the oldest non-religious wooden building in Norway and Europe from the 11 hundreds! There is also Eidsborg Stave Church right next to the museum. Really a treasure trove of sights. Quite remarkable.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Bjørn S
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

As part of a visit to the Dalen Hotel, my wife and I visited the West Telemark Museum Eidsborg, which has a considerable collection of local artifacts and a small but very old stavkirke (oldest part is from the 1200's). The museum building is about 5 years old, but there are several old farm buildings around it and a model of the Telemark Canal demonstrating how the locks work. It is a great brief stop for a nice day in the middle of Telemark. It has things for kids to look at as well as adult exhibits.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank dhITH109
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Reviewed 3 June 2015

The drive up the mountain to the museum is very steep but you get some fantastic views of Dalen. There is a main building that has exhibitions on history of Norway, folk, hydro power, wildlife photography, and a moose and elk exhibition. Outside there are several buildings. There is a very special type of Norwegian church, if i remember correctly 1 of 28? in norway. It is worth paying for the museum and getting a tour of the surrounding building, you can look at the outside of the buildings for free but can only go inside if your with a tour. Our guides were very nice, informative and helpful. Our tour was also done in (very good) English. Also there is a wooden stalekleiv storage house from 1167 one of the oldest. If you want to walk the buildings on your own they had maps in the main museum building so you know what all the buildings are.

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank nina a
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

We stopped here in April 2015 while driving around Norway in an RV. The staff were super kind and helped us figure out some route information and checked to make sure Pulpit Rock was open for us.
We stopped into the museum, but didn't pay to go through (80kr pp, 40 for children and 60 for students). Not unreasonable, but just not high on our priority list.
The mountains were still full of snow, but driving down into Dalen it was like spring.
There are beautiful hiking trails nearby (4km was shortest walk) but you can walk down to the town below, which would be absolutely beautiful!

We stopped along the road to see Rui--a tiny cottage where two sisters lived until 90+ and hand made everything the owned. They didn't leave their land except once to visit the King is Oslo. There is a tiny cottage there where you can see how they lived and the beautiful view. No wonder they didn't leave home! There is a beautiful waterfall on the way to the Rui cottage and the view of the fjord below is breathtaking.
This is a hidden gem and worth a short stop and quick hike/picnic if you're traveling through the area!

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank RachelC104
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