The open air museum
The main facility of the Heiberg Collections – Sogn Folk Museum covers an area of about 52 acres at Vestreim in the municipality of Sogndal. The main building designed by the architects Peter Helland Hansen and Sverre Lie contains exhibits, storage rooms, offices, library, café and shop.
On these premises, we find between 30 and 40 different buildings from various villages in Sogn. Some of these are placed as farmyards. The architect Arne Berg has made the plans for the open-air museum, whereas the cultural landscape has been developed in conjunction with the Sogn and Fjordane University College.
All kinds of old houses are represented here. The oldest houses date from the 16th century and the houses cover a time span from the open-hearth medieval cottages to a stately vicarage and a standard house from the 1980s. We find cottages and guesthouses, cowsheds and other outhouses, mill and boathouse, forge, drying shed, firewood shed and outside lavatory, and, not to forget, a unique and remarkable guardsmen’s hut.
The main museum are open year around, but in the winter months the houses at the open air museum are closed.