Be amazed, enchanted and inspired by one or more museum visits to Innherred! We give you an overview here.
Stiklestad Nasjonale Kultursenter
Stiklestad National Cultural Centre has special responsibility for communicating the story of Olav Haraldsson / St. Olav. The story of Olav Haraldsson/ St. Olav is conveyed at Stiklestad through exhibitions and events. The battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and the consequences of the battle led to dramatic changes in Norwegian history and social development. Every year during the St. Olav Festival, the St. Olav Drama is performed in the Amphi theatre.
Stiklestad National Cultural Centre also feature 30 antiquarian buildings in the museum area that convey the life in the old peasant community in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Falstad Centre
The Falstad centre is situated in the former nazi prison camp SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad, in the small village Ekne in Levanger. This was the second largest prison camp in Norway during the second world war, and over 200 prisoners were executed here. Today the original layout of the prison camp has been recreated using augmented reality, allowing visitors to see the original structures and interact with their history in an original and engaging manner.
Egge Museum features a complete 19th century farmstead. During the Middle Ages there was a chieftain’s seat at Egge Farm, evidenced by burial mounds from the Iron- and Viking Age.
The Childrens Viking festival is arranged every second year in july (next time in 2021). Egge Museum is very child friendly.,and in the summer season there are many different farm animals to meet at the museum. The museum has the largest collection of agricultural equipment north of Dovre. In the city streets in the exhibition hall there are shops and workshops from old Steinkjer. Maybe you want to buy candy from the store maid.
Nils Aas Kunstverksted / Art studio and museum
Nils Aas Kunstverksted is a museum and work shop for the Sculptor Nils Aas who was born in Inderøy. The work shop is situated close to his childhood home in Straumen. The gallery shows temporary exhibitions of contemporary Norwegian pictorial art and sculpture, in addition to a permanent exhibition featuring Nils Aas’ body of art.
The work shop opened in 1996 with the sculpture «Bauta» by Nils Aas centrally placed in the museum. Nils Aas has donated two of his collections,”Gaven” and “Arven”, to the
Saemien Sijte conveys knowledge about South Sami culture and history past and present. You can go on a guided tour of the exhibition and visit the museum shop. The museum engages in documentation, preservation, research and dissemination of South Sami culture and history.
Saemien Sijte is also an arena for research, as well as being a meeting place with activities and events. In the museum shop you can buy Sami literature, music and crafts and more.
Ytterøy Open Air Museum
Located on the island of Ytterøy, outside Levanger. The farm Øvre Bjørvik dates from the late 19th century and is a traditional square farmyard. This farm is unique, as it remains unchanged since 1950. Open in July with lots of avtivities for all ages. Opera/or music event in June and Christmas fair in December. Groups can contact the museum for guided tours outside of the opening hours as well.
Levanger Photo Museum
Levanger Photo Museum focuses on photographic history, featuring one of the county’s largest photo collections with over half a million negatives from professional and amateur photographers. The museum has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the chemist Harald Renbjør, a pioneer in the development of colour photography. Norway’s first colour photography is displayed here. The museum also feature changing exhibitions.
The City Museum in Levanger
Experience Levanger’s history, historic buildings and places. The City Museum comprises of historic buildings, mostly dating from the 19th century, accessible to visitors.
I.e: Brusve farm, Dampskipsbrygga, the School Museum and Hveding auto.
Brusve Farm has been an office for several sheriffs. In addition, Brusve was a significant farm. Now only the main house and the storehouse is left standing. The election of delegates/ envoys from the county to the Eidsvold Assembly took place at Brusve in 1814. The steamship Wharf (dampskipsbrygga) is an important building to illuminate Levanger’s development from marketplace to modern centre with proximity to sea with trade and business in the past and present.
The Gjerstadhuset -Museum dedicated to the “Snåsa man”
Joralf Gjersatd is known as the man with the warm hands and psychic abilities, the “Snåsa man”. Over a period of 50 years, he has treated over 50,000 people for free. His childhood home is now a museum and appears as it looked through Gjerstad’s upbringing. Joralf was born in this house, in the bed that is in the room on the ground floor. During the summer season you can visit the house on Saturdays and Sundays and see exhibitions that tell about his life and work. There are pictures of Joralf’s family, distinctions he and his wife Signe have received and different stories are heard.
At Gjefsjøen mountain farm in Snåsa, you can visit the headquarters of Operation RYPE, the code name of the American airborne unit who during WW2, in the spring of 1945, was dropped in the Norwegian mountains of Snåsa to carry out sabotage actions behind enemy lines. There is no road to Gjefsjøen. Can be reached by a hiking trail from Ismenningen or by boat from Bjørkedet across the Swedish border. In winter, the best option is by snowmobile or ski.
The oldest preserved cavalry camp in Europe, with buildings from the late 1800s and 21 grade II listed buildings. The Rinnleiret has probably been used as a training field for the cavalry from the 17th century, but the permanent camp was not established until the mid-1800s. The Nordenfjellske
Dragonregime had their quarters there from 1894. The Rinnleiret was discontinued as a military camp in 2002, but is still in use by the National Home Guard. World War II war material is visible from the E6.