Västanfors Homestead Museum

As a part of the Ekomuseum Bergslagen the Västanfors Homestead Museum features several buildings on a site that in the past was the location of an iron works. You will find here the mansion that houses a museum, the granery holding a very cosy shop and in the entire area several old relocated buildings that form an open-air museum.

At the parking you will some to the granery nowadays home of the “Handelsbod”.

Step inside into this cosy place. Maybe you find something that suits your needs.

Have walk around now to enjoy the old farm buildings that were brought here.

Please find Västanfors Homestead Museum on google maps below… and enjoy your visit!


Mining District Pershyttan

North of Örebro just beside the town Nora you can find the village Pershyttan. Here in this village you can have a look at a very good example of buildings from the high times of mining in Sweden. Pershyttan belongs to the region of Bergslagen that stretches almost from Stockholm to the border of Norway. It is Bergslagen and the metal collected here from the grounds that are pieces which allowed Sweden to become the highly developed country we know today. You will find several sights from the region Bergslagen in my blog, have a look at the entry of the ecomuseum which combines most of the sights of Berslagens industrial heritage.

But lets come back and have a look at Pershyttan… As you can see on the map there are plenty of remains left. The map looks a little strange, it is from a photo I took there of a sign, which was quite dirty. But I guess you get a good picture of the environment.

There were several shafts operated here. One of the latest in use was the Akersgruvan opened around 1820 and closed in 1966. Nowadays there is only the hole left with its 300 meters of depth.

To get material and workers into the mine there had to be ‘elevators’ mounted. The tower was used to pull the cable up and down.

In many places the deposits from the mining and the furnace are still visible.

The processing building is in a very good shape. Unfortunately I could not enter it, as my tripp was much off-season, but there is so much to see here.

During a British documentory about driving inventions that pushed the industrial development they explained that transporting mechanical power over distance was a big step. The shown example they explained in detail was a construction of wooden sticks that were connected to a turning wheel in such a way that the sticks move back and forth. At their end this movement is then turned back in circular motion. Here in Pershyttan I found this construction…

Some more impressions from Pershyttan…

You can find more information about Pershyttan by clicking the emblems below to open the respective webpages in a seperate window…

I hope you liked the stroll through the mining village Pershyttan!

Turf Churches of Iceland – Árbæjarkirkja

At the outskirts of Reykjavik you will find a very beautiful Open-Air Museum with old houses that were taken here and added to a farm building that stood here. The museum showcases the rural and city architecture of Iceland with an old city square, a farm complex and a fishing village. In the farm complex you will find the fourth turf church that I could visit during my visit to Iceland. As it is a museum, I could enter the church, and take some pictures to show you how a turf church looks like. Just remember that this turf church is a reconstruction of an old turf church that stood in the north of Iceland. As a local friend of mine explains in her interesting blog about turf houses on Guide to Iceland, timber is very rare in Iceland due to missing trees therefore it was reused from old buildings when they got abundant. Actually much timer that was used in Iceland originates from floating wood collected from the coasts. But that is another story. So if you are in Reykjavik I recommend you to check out the Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum for the turf church.






Maihaugen – The Town

So this is the last part for now about the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. The area featured here is the first part that you see apart of the exhibition “We Won The Land”. In the area a part consists of traditional scandinavian wooden houses, while the other part has different readymade houses from Norways latest past, placed here as they had to make place for a local airport. Many houses are furnished and especially the newer houses are strange as they could stand like that nowadays in any Norwegian town and you can walk in the yard looking through the windows or enter.

The Town area also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is featured in a seperate blog entry. Also you can have a snack here, I took some waffles here. Don’t forget to check the train at the trainstation. It contains a part of the postal museum.

So enjoy the photos, remember that even all the newly looking buildings are part of the exhibition!













Maihaugen – The Norwegian Postal Museum

Maihaugen is not just an Open-Air Museum, but it also hosts the Norwegian Postal Museum, which is integrated into the area of the city (a part of Maihaugen). This “museum in the museum” showcases you in detail the history of the Norwegian Postal Services. In a northern country with such a harsh climate and such diverse and demanding geography the provisioning of post was not an easy task in the past. You learn how post was delivered with horses, ships, trains and vehicles. A lot of information screens explain you the set up scenes. I enjoyed my trip through the history of Norways postal services. Find a link to the official page of the Norwegian Postal Museum at the end of the blog!

Here some impressions…

This is the building that houses the postal museum. The train station is not far and there is a place closeby where you can get some waffles…


I really liked the car 🙂


I guess it was in the 70ties. The lady works in a real post office…


… many of them were closed and integrated into supermarkets. A tendency that went through my home country aswell.


Before that happend modern post offices looked like that…


… with computers!


Post and the UN corps.


In the past horses were the way of transportation.


Writing a letter with real paper and a real pen… no mobilephone app!!!


The guy sorts the post in a ship of the Hurtigruten. It was set up to transport post along the Norwegian coast and increased the speed of transport drastically and also the reachability to remote coastal areas. A big step for Norway!


As many people left Europe during the emmigration wave (also many from Scandinavia) sending letters over the Atlantic is a subject in the museum.




Maihaugen – The Rural Area

Here I want to give you some impressions from the rural part of the Open-Air museum Maihaugen. Please refer to my general blog post about Maihaugen for some words about this very beautiful museum.

As you can see from the photos there are many houses which you can enter to learn more about the past of Norway. In some buildings staff can answer you questions and also show you traditional work like weaving… enjoy!














Maihaugen – The Stave Church

Welcome to the Stave Church in the Open-Air Museum Maihaugen in Lillehammer, Norway. I want to show you this beautiful architecture as a part of this very nice museum.

The origin of this Stave Church that originally stood in Garmo dates back to the 12th century. It was set up in the museum in 1921 after taken down from its original place in 1880. Almost the entire interior is collected from various other churches.

Stave Churches are nowadays very connected to Norway and an important medieval architecture. In the past they were not only limited to the area of Norway. Fur further information I linked you some sources at the end of the blog.