Sverresborg Folk Museum (And Ski Museum)

So it turns out that Gro and Carl-Gustaf live just a few blocks away from the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum.  It is a very large (one of the two largest in Norway, I think) indoor and outdoor museum about life in the region and in Norway.  There are many buildings around the grounds, some very very old, some only a little old (you know, just a couple hundred years), from various parts of the region.  We ventured out for a visit while Gro and C-G were at work on Monday.

We decided to go sans stroller as the roads weren’t very stroller-friendly anyway, so we put one of the kids in a sled and I wore my Ergo carrier just in case little legs got tired (and they did).  I was so glad we have the awesome gear and travel bags that we do. It really makes all the difference when you’re traveling to have the right gear.  Oh, and people, Sorel boots are unrivaled.  I was so happy (and a little smug) to have my super warm, dry, and cozy Sorels with me on this trip!  Turns out that Gro had a pair almost identical to mine….so I felt like I could blend in with the natives.

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They seriously know how to manage snow here.  We saw so many different kinds of plows and gravel spreaders during our stay.  They were always working, and we were pretty much always getting more snow, ice, or slush!

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We had to walk down a fairly busy street to get to the museum, but since the sidewalks weren’t plowed, people were just walking on the road.  While Brad went across the street to take some photos of horses, this very nice couple stopped to talk to us.  They really wanted to talk to Flora (she is pretty cute in that funny floppy rabbit hat).  I told them we don’t speak Norwegian and at first, they very gently shamed me, but then proceeded to have a really lovely and friendly chat, telling us that the museum is great and wondering what we all were up to out in the snow.

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I’ll take this opportunity to mention that every single Norwegian person we met or interacted with was incredibly friendly and kind.  Even those who really didn’t speak English (and there weren’t many of those) were gracious and helpful.  And I’ll also take this moment to say that this gentleman’s accent, when speaking English, was PRICELESS!!!

The horses were so extra fuzzy.  These horses know how to stay warm in a Norwegian winter!

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We arrived at the museum just in time for a cup of coffee and lunch in the cafe.  We pretty much carried all our own snacks and lunches with us at all times on this trip, as food is so incredibly expensive.  So we paid a lot of money for a couple cups of lousy coffee (and a sweet bun), but they had free refills!

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After lunch, we paid our admission fees and visited the indoor exhibits at the museum.  It was a very general look at life and culture in the Trøndelag region over the last few centuries.  There were some beautiful things, including these gorgeous wooden sleighs and sleds (sledges?):

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There was a lot of clothing, including knitted items of all kinds, furs and leathers, embroidery, and special clothes for babies’ christenings.

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A little of this…

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…and a little of that.

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Some interesting old things.

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And who are those adorable kids riding in the old car???

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After seeing all the indoor exhibits, we went outdoors to see some of the buildings.  Unfortunately, most of the outdoor buildings were closed for the winter, but the few that were just near the main museum building were fun to see, and the ski museum, which is housed in one of those, was open!

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The ski museum was very interesting.  There were exhibits about the history and culture of skiing in Norway, many old wooden skis on display, and a lot of information on all the Norwegian stars of competitive skiing.  There was a ton of paraphernalia from the Winter Olympic Games in Oslo and Lillehammer.  Several olympic medals were on display, as well as a huge number of trophies from here, there, and everywhere.  There were famous athletes’ skis and ski suits from various decades.

The highlight, though, were the beautifully carved old wooden skis.

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We had a great visit at the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum.  Next time, we’ll visit in summer when the buildings are all open and it’s possible to spend an afternoon wandering around them.

Our next adventure: a walk up to the top of the hill to see the view from the Teisendammen…

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