Norwegian Road Museum – Outside

Many of the exhibits of the norwegian Road Museum do not find spaces inside the large building, so there is an extensive exhibition in the surroundings too. A lot of the vehicles and mashines were used in the road construction, some particularly for drilling holes for blasting. Remember that there is also the Blasting Museum here as a part of the Road Museum. If it is open you can enter a tunnel in which the technics of blasting are explained. Unfortunately it was closed during my visit, so check the opening times before hand of your visit.

Keep an eye open for the huge carrier that you can see on the title and on one of the photos below. I don’t like myself on photos, but here I stood beside it to demonstrate the enormous size of it. Looking at the tyres I remember once on a road trip in the US and making a stop that I came into a talk with some truck drivers. They had these overload trucks bringing such tyres to a mine. Impressive!!!

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Norwegian Road Museum – Cars ‘n Bikes

The Norwegian Road Museum close to Lillehammer mainly focuses on the road itself, but of course the objects used on them can not be left out in the exhibition. So you find some interesting cars, but I was really impressed by the huge collection of bicycles of various times in history and different styles.

Please have a look below on some photos of the collection.

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Norwegian Road Museum – Construction, History and Road Safety

In the Norwegian Road Museum you an learn a lot about the construction, history and safety of norwegian roads. The museum is run by the states road administration (Statens Vegvesen) and surprisingly free of charge. You will see it is a big museum.

At times when people noticed it is helpful to prepare the ground for an easier traverse they used wood.

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In the later time, ideas were developed to get the ground prepared by rolling heavy ‘barrels’.

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In modern times road constructions are done with a lot of different advanced tools and the help of combustion.

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In the past the help for orientation on trails was done by these sculptures. Nowadays you sometimes can see them sometimes on hiking trails.

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These are instruments for road construction… before GPS.

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Obviously a gas station. 🙂

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Old ways of transportation.

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This is a toll station, which will see from time to time when travelling in Norway. Sometimes parts of roads, often tunnels and bridges, are financed by toll stations. People pay a certain amount to be allowed to use it. After some years, when it is paid out, the toll station is removed again.

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An important issue as in all countries is the safety on the roads. The visitors can (and should) learn about the risks and measures they can take to reduce them. It is a great thing and I hope the message reaches a broad public.

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Constructional measures on how vehicles can be safer is also shown. At the time of the visit I didn’t know that some years later I am involved professionally on car safety… 🙂

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Norwegian Road Museum

A very interesting museum and kind of special is the huge Norwegian Road Museum (Norsk Vegmuseum) which features anything around history, construction, maintaining and using roads in Norway. It is run by the Norwegian Road Authorities and you can visit the stunning museum free of charge! A part of the museum is the Norwegian Blasting Museum, which explains about the history of tunnel construction using explosives.

The museum is located roughly 10 km north of Lillehammer. Please check the map at the end of this blogpost. There are also weblinks to related pages.

It is important to check the opening times, specifically for the Norwegian Blasting Museum. I came in autumn and this part was not open the day I arrived.

I will add seperate posts for the road history including safety, the vehicle exhibition and the outside exhibition with huge construction cars.

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