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The history of Brekkeparken


Øvregt. 41, 3715, Skien

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The park is large, 36 acres, and is situated on a hill right up to the center of Skien.

The main building, Søndre Brekke farm, forms the starting point for the museum and Brekkeparken. In 1810 Niels Aal bought the farm, and he started to build the large main building, the wings and the park with gazebo, pavilion and duck pond. The park was built in 1815-16 in a landscape style under the direction of the gardener H.C. Pries.

The property was sold in 1909 to a newly founded limited company and transferred to the museum, which was founded the same year. In 1915, a number of large works were completed in the landscaped garden, including a swan dam west of the main building. An artificial brook was created that ran out of the swan pond, and a new bridge was built over the stream.

In 1915 a new music pavilion also was built in the park, the pavilion was designed by architect Heinrich Karsten. 

Since the museum’s opening in 1909, Brekkeparken has been a park for all the citizens of Skien, open to the public throughout the summer months. Brekkeparken is renowned for its magnificent floral displays. 27,000 tulips will blossom this summer.

Guided tours and walks: Guided tours and walks 12, 2 pm and 3 pm. Mondays closed.



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    • thekruns
      Larvik, Norway
      Trip Type:
      Open in winter
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 17th January 2021
      Brekkeparken is a beautiful open-air museum and a park at the same time. The exhibit features original well-preserved heritage homes that have been moved to Brekkeparken. It is best visited in summer... Read full review
    • ComcaPro
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      If a postcard became real life
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 25th December 2021
      An extraordinarily beautiful place. Especially during the summer (but probably also during the colder months). Fun for just a casual stroll or group activities. Read full review
    • EnaInce
      Cardiff, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Really lovely time
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 25th August 2022
      well worth a visit the food, drinks and views all very good - not too expensive for Norway - also really good to see the traditional Norwegian houses Read full review

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    Tel: +47 35 54 45 00

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