Bullet holes in the walls and fairytales in the bag
Ringerike museum was founded in 1923. It acquired and moved into the enormous timber building Norderhov vicarage around 1960. The house dates back to 1635, and until 1960 it was the residence of the vicar of Norderhov church.
The museum tells the dramatic story of how the courageous wife of the vicar, Anna Colbjørnsdatter, tricked several hundred Swedish soldiers in the battle of Norderhov in 1716. A large number of Swedish soldiers were killed. Bullet holes in the walls and weapons in the room bear witness to the terrible event. The dried up body of Anna is still in the crypt of Norderhov church.
It was here, in Norderhov’s old vicarage, that the fairytale authors Jørgen Moe and Peter Christian Asbjørnsen met for the first time, when they were just 13–14 years old. This is where they laid the foundations for a life-long friendship that awakened their interest in collecting Norwegian fairytales. The museum has hundreds of objects from their lives.
Hjemmestyrkemuseet – home forces museum
Located on the first floor of Ringerike museum, the exhibition Hjemmestyrkemuseet D14.2 shows weapons and equipment from the German occupation of Norway, and paints a brutal picture of the armed resistance in the period from 1940–45. The museum also has exhibitions from Hole and Ringerike, a welcoming museum shop and a kiosk.
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Welcome to an exciting museum and learn how significant people and dramatic events have left indelible marks on Norway’s history!
Opening times last updatet 2016:
29 May – 4 Sept. Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00–16.00
School classes and groups are welcome every day, all year, by prior arrangement.
Adults NOK 70
Children, students, pensioners NOK 50
Groups over 20 people NOK 50
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good9
- Camilla2000Honefoss, NorwayTrip Type:CouplesExciting viking exhibition at Hringsriki04/11/2014These museums are the real deal with authentic bullet holes after famous battles and a genuine resident ghost. Be sure to visit the cellars too, and ask for a guided tour! Read full review
- 446sigmundlOslo, NorwayTrip Type:Friends getawayWell Presented Local Museum25/07/2017Norwegian national costumes are the theme for this local museum, summer of 2017. What little they have was well presented and gave a good impression of the elaborated garments. Similarly well... Read full review
- Melissa WTrip Type:FamilyA hidden gem for history buffs!21/07/2018We happened upon this museum when we were looking for something to do to fill in a gap in activities. We thought we'd spend maybe an hour but ended up staying for 3 hours! The curator who was there... Read full review