The buildings in the cluster
The idyllic museum cluster is situated on the hilltop above the museum, formed in the way a farm cluster would have looked prior to the division of the land at the end of the 1800s.
Only two of the buildings originally stood on the property, the rest have been moved here from elsewhere in Hardanger. The buildings are furnished in keeping with the way they may have looked when they were in use.
Most of the buildings are open to the public. Here, you can soak up the atmosphere of the traditional årestova open hearth house, see the smokehouse, a 19th-century dwelling house and an old school house from Djønno. The most recent addition to the cluster is the crofter’s house Skarabakken, which is an old dwelling with an open hearth at the centre and a smoke hole directly above with an adjoining barn, which opened to the public in September 2018. Visitors can experience 800 years of important historical building styles in Hardanger.
There is also an orchard at the museum cluster. It has many old varieties of apples, pears and cherries.
Diktarstien, (poets’ path) is also situated here – a beautiful flagstone path featuring quotes from Norwegian poets who have been honoured with a stone at the museum cluster.