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The history about Henrik Ibsen Museum


Venstøphøgda 74, 3721, Skien

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The main building was erected in the early 1800s and is a stately empire building. The property is about 120 acres and was in rather poor condition when the Ibsen family arrived there, but Knut Ibsen made great efforts to put the farm in a good shape and run the farm in a profitable way.

Here, Henrik Ibsen spent the important years from 7 - 15 years, and became well known in the area. It was also here that he began his artistic running track with puppet theater and drawing / painting. Also the reading interests are being developed there, mostly under the mother's guidance.

Towards the end of 1843 the family moved back to the city and lived for many years at Snipetorp.

(Source: city walk in Skien, 1st edition 1995)

The Museum are open from 1th May - 31th August, 11 am - 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. 



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    Recent Reviews:

    • thekruns
      Larvik, Norway
      Trip Type:
      One of the top attractions in Skien, Norway
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 2nd July 2015
      This is the childhood home of Henrik Ibsen, a world renowned playwright writer. The ticket at Henrik Ibsen museum in Skien includes a guided tour. While waiting for our turn for the guided tour... Read full review
    • Dave B
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      not open
      1 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 3rd October 2018
      you need to plan your visit before Aug 31. they were closed so we were unable to visit, it is on our list if we return Read full review
    • David-LittleShelford
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      Excellent for those with an interest in Ibsen and recent Norwegian history. Good facilities and guides.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 7th June 2023
      A beautiful small museum with very friendly staff and excellent guide and small cafe. A great introduction to the life and times of Henrik Ibsen. We visited with our Norwegian friends but as the only... Read full review

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    Tel: +47 35 54 45 00


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