Norsk Folkemuseum’s Open-Air Museum consists of farmsteads from different regions in Norway. The farmstead from Setesdal is built for two households, which was common before the land reforms in the 19th century.
The farmstead has two “årestuer” (a dwelling with open fire and no chimney) in medieval style, and two lofts from respectively 17th and 18th century. One is a three stories log structure. These lofts served as the guestrooms, and were often the most attractive buildings. Before industrialization, Setesdal was fairly isolated. Elements of medieval style were commonly used in folk art and architecture as late as the 19th century. This is visible in the museum’s buildings and artifacts.
In order to convey life in Setesdal during the 17th and 18th century, the museum has made a replica of one “årestue” from the Setesdal farmstead. The public is invited inside to taste the porridge cooked on the open fire or watch the making of traditional arts and crafts.
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