Telemark Museum

Telemark Museum

Telemark Museum is made up of nine museums in lower Telemark. Telemark is often referred to as a miniature Norway, and through our exhibitions you may experience both Norway`s agricultural and coastal history.  Our museums cover a large number of topics through a wide range of styles of presentation, and are very much worth a visit.


Henrik Ibsen Museum, Skien

Playwright Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien, the county capital. His childhood home at Venstøp is today a modern museum, dedicated to his world famous works and his early years.

In Skien you will also find the estate Søndre Brekke Gård, surrounded by a beautiful park, exhibitions and an outdoor museum.

In Porsgrunn you will find Porsgrunnsmuseene. The museum tells the story about maritime culture and porcelain. 

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Brevik Bymuseum is housed in the old City hall. Here you can learn about the history of occupation and Cort Adeler.

Bamble museum is located right on the waters edge in Langesund. The museum tells the story of our fishing traditions.

At Berg-Kragerø Museum you can enjoy the story of Edvard Munch and Kragerø. Berg-Kragerø Museum also includes Theodor Kittelsens childhood home, Kittelsenhuset, situated in the center of Kragerø.

Ulefos Hovedgaard is a real mansion, unique in a Norwegian context, built by Nils Aal.

Bø Museum is a traditional museum with traditional music and national costumes.

We have children`s museum  at all of our museums throughout the season.
It maintains activities suitable for children from 5-12 years.

You are very welcome to come and visit all of our museums. We look forward to see you!

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DuVerden- Maritime Museum and Science Center
The maritime history of lower Telemark may be traced all the way back to the Bronze Age and is evident in the abundant rock carvings in both the Gjerpen and the Bergheim field, dominated by depictions of ships and seamen. From Siljan, Telemark Museum  has one of the best preserved dugout boats in the country, dated back to the Roman Period. International maritime activity has been documented by the discovery of the 20 meters – 65 feet – long Bøle Ship, which presumably went down at some point in the 14th century. In the 18th century, Porsgrunn grew to become a signifcant seaport. Porsgrunn has maintained this status, despite a number of recessions and readjustments. Today the seafaring activity is dominated by industrial shipping, special purpose technological vessels, and new maritime industries, such as oil and gas

Telemark Museum and Tekna - The Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals – is cooperating establishing the new science center DuVerden. The maritime history will be presented in both a historical and a contemporary perspective, based on a vitalizing combination of cultural history and natural science. The fact that we are integrating these two disciplines in one exhibition, is new and absolutely uniqe in both fields. DuVerden will be the most modern maritime museum in Norway, and will house a number of exercises and activities.

Telemark Museum
Øvregate 41, NO-3715 Skien
Tel: +47 3554 4500
Opening hrs:
Brekkeparken and Henrik Ibsen Museum 11-17 each day The other museums 12-17 Monday closed at these museums
Brekkeparken and Henrik Ibsen Museum, Skien 1. June-10. Aug The other museums 21. June-10. August
Adults Nok 70,- Children 30,- Family 150,- (2a + 3c)
Bø, Ulefoss, Skien, Porsgrunn,Brevik, Bamble, Kragerø