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Søndre Brekke Estate, Telemark Museum


Øvregate 32a, 3715, Skien

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The building has been restored in the Empire style, believed to be how Trade Minister Niels Aall and his family lived when they resided at Brekke in the first half of the 19th century. Niels Aall served as the Trade Minister during the negotiations for the constitution at Eidsvoll in 1814, and the narrative of his role is conveyed. 14 farm buildings have been relocated to the park, forming the framework for a beautiful open-air museum.

Brekke Manison housed prominent families
The large main house, Søndre Brekke Manison, has accommodated several distinguished, traditional families from Skien, most notably Niels Aall. He purchased Søndre Brekke in 1810 and sold the magnificent property to his son Hans Aall in 1830.

The Gray Lady
The main building also presents the story of the "Gray Lady" - a ghost that arouses great interest among the public, with many claiming to have seen her over the years. There is debate about the identity of this lady who haunts Brekke, but all the stories are linked to the Danish-Norwegian prince Christian Fredrik, who visited the farm as the regent (king's deputy) in 1813.

Tulip Park
The floral splendor in Brekke Park is widely renowned. In spring, thousands of tulips are in full bloom, and the summer flowers are a feast for the eyes. The beautiful park around the farm is inspired by English landscape style. Since the museum opened in 1909, Brekke Park has been the city's public park, open to the public throughout the summer season.

Park with historical buildings
The farm buildings in Brekke Park represent the cultural history of Telemark, narrating about living conditions and architectural styles in Telemark. The park also features a workers' home from the early 1900s, an old shop from Kleiva, a playhouse, a pavilion, and a duck pond. The park also has a nice playground.

Check the schedule for guided tours and activities at brekkeparken.no

Opening hours for Telemark museum.


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Museums, Galleries and crafts

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    Recent Reviews:

    • 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

    Guide Prices

    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    AdultsNOK100.00 admission
    Children from 5 år til 15. 0 - 3 år gratisNOK40.00 admission
    Season ticket adultNOK400.00 seasoncard
    Season ticket childrenNOK150.00 seasoncard

    Prices are subject to change.

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    Tel: + 47 35 54 45 00

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