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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
BestRegardsFromFar
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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
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Odense, Denmark
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Spent a day here after recommendations. Museum is located in beautiful surroundings near Dalen in Telemark. They have built a mini version of the Telemarks canal which is around 100 meters long complete with canal locks where you can rent a small boat and guide it down the river where you have to operate the canal locks. Our boy of 4 loved this!
They also have an archaeology site where kids can find small items, a place where you can carve woods in old rune-writing, now and arrow, blacksmith and you can also try to build with logs.

There are many historical building on the site, i.e the oldest loft in Norway is there as well as Borgund stavechurch built around year 1200. The museum does a very informative guiding in the church.

Museum also have an indoor exhibition with items dating back 100 of years, and also a section for Statkraft which built hydropower plants in the area.

The café has ok food for lunch.

Well worth the visit, and the kids loved it.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank RuneFris
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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
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