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The main building of the Western Telemark Museum was opened in 2012, and is the main office of the consolidated museums mentioned in this brochure. The building is located behind the Eidsborg Stave Church, located 470 meters above lake Bandak and Dalen at the very top of the Telemark Canal. Here you can find an outdoor museum surrounding two old farms, and a park with themes from the Telemark Canal.
In museum’s main building there are both permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays with folk art, costumes, silver, råsemaling (decorative painting), knife making. There is also a centre where you can learn more abou the history of drainage systems, the expansion of Tokke, and a separate department for the 1500-year old history of whetstone from Eidsborg. The exhitions and displays at the museum will be up-to-date with changing themes.
Eidsborg Stavkyrkje/Stave Church
This small and fair stave church is located close to Western Telemark Museum, location Eidsborg. The original building is from the period 1250-80 and expanded upon in the 1600 and 1800’s. The church was restored in 2005-2008 and is still in use. The stave church is of a kind that has the exterior covered entirely with chipping.
The church was dedicated to St.Nicolaus (locally called Nikuls), and a statue of this saint was very central in a local culture that remained well into the 1700s. There are many interesting details to this church, such as runes, carvings, and interior décor from the 1600s and a bell tower from 1727.
From June until August there are regular tours of the church every day, or upon request. In the museum, you can purchase a book about the church.
Outdoor museum in Eidsborg
Bygdetun with some of Europe’s most well-preserved wodden houses. Trail to the whetstone quarry (round-tour of two hours).
This big outdoor museum opened in 1949 under the name Lårdal bygdetun by silver smith Eivind Tveiten and his wife Hæge. It consists of two old farms, Uppis-tog and Nistog Vindlaus and many more buildings that were relocated here.
There are over 30 buildings in the, among them Europe’s oldest non-ecclesiastical wooden houses:
Stålekleivloftet from 1167. In the yard, you can also find the house of the Gorge King (Juvekongen) – a typical Telemark house richly decorated by the famous ro-sepainter Olav Torjusson. Together these buildings tell the story of farm life in the 1800’s.
In additions to the gards, there has been set up a smallholding and many of the other buildings are open to the public.
From June to August there are scheduled tours of the yard, or upon request to the museum.