Romsdalsmuseet – Molde

Romsdalsmuseet is a regional museum with branches in different parts of Romsdal in the county of Møre og Romsdal.

Their main facility is in the town Molde, with a fair-sized open air museum and a new visitor center that house the artifact collection.

A visit to the Romsdalmuseet may be  a part of  your trip to Norway

Romsdalsmuseet was founded in 1912 as Romsdal Bygdemuseum.  at first a few houses stood in a park, but after the museum in 1927 bought land at it’s present location an extensive development followed. In 1928 the museum was opened to the public.

The museum park is normally open, year round, for you to stroll freely from 8 am to 10 pm. In the park you find one section with older farmhouses and one section with a town street with houses from the early 1900’s. The houses are locked and you can not go in unless you are part of a guided tour. Note that in the third week of July, access to the area may be restricted as the museum is used as an arena for some of Molde International Jazzfestival’s concerts.

In the months June, July and August you can take guided tours  where you get to go into the houses.  There are several special events taking place at the museum. Among them are performances by folk dance groups. July 29th there is an re-enactment where the houses are “inhabited” and old household and farming techniques are performed for the visitors. Check the website for information and opening hours. It is a short walk from the town-center with signs to lead your way.

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Romsdalsmuseet has a good and comprehensive website.  It is automatically translated by Google. Not perfect English, but you get the gist of it. 

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7 thoughts on “Romsdalsmuseet – Molde

  • March 24, 2016 at 3:36 am

    I am Kay Adele, granddaughter of Astrid Karoline, a Norwegian immigrant who was born in 1892 (illegitimately) in Bodø to Ludvig Hæggelund Eliassen (from Tømmeraas, Hammerø, Nord-Trøndelag) and Inger Anna Andersdatter. Inger Anna was born in Veøy, Møre og Romsdal on the family farm of “Solibøreit” (“Soleimbø Reiten”). I hope that someday my research will uncover family members living in Norway. No doubt I will visit Romsdalsmuseet.

    • March 24, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Very nice to hear from you Kay. Your story sounds very interesting. Please don’t hesitate to ask if I can be of any help.

    • October 23, 2016 at 2:13 am

      I think Norway an enlightened country. Many families have members born outside marriage.
      You are perfectly legitimate!

  • March 24, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Martin, could you provide any guidance for how I might find the location or area of family farm in the Veøy area – even if it no longer exists? Tusen tak.

    • March 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Veøya is a small island in the middle of Romsdalsfjorden. However, in earlier times quite a large area in Romsdal was included in what was known as Veøy Parish. I am not able to read your previous comment right now, but after I send this message I will have a look and get back to you.

      • March 24, 2016 at 9:17 pm

        I send you an email Kay

  • March 24, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Tusen tak! You are so helpful, Martin.


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