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Kristiansand WW2 cannon museum Kanonmuseet
Kristiansand cannon museum Kanonmuseet.
Photo: Steinar Furu / Kristiansand Kanonmuseum
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Cultural heritage, art and history museums

The museums in southernmost Norway includes open-air museums, a World War II cannon museum in Kristiansand, Setesdalsbanen museum railway, working factory museums and modern art museums and galleries.

Vest-Agder Museums in Southern Norway

Vest-Agder-museum is a union of cultural heritage museums in Southern Norway. The museum union includes eleven museums, located close to each other in the southernmost part of Norway.

Lista museum and Nordberg fort from WWII in Farsund and Flekkefjord museum on the western county boundary is also worth a visit. Tingvatn fornminnepark historical park in Hægebostad is situated at the old viking Thing (assembly) for this area of Southern Norway. The ship D/S Hestmanden is a memorial museum from Second World War. For more information see vestagdermuseet.no.

Henrik Ibsen, industrial and cultural history museums

Art museums and galleries in Southern Norway

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Museums in southernmost Norway
Lindesnes Lighthouse is Norway's oldest dating back to 1656. It occupies the southernmost tip of the Norwegian mainland – 2518 km from the North… Read more
Lindesnes Lighthouse
Kilden Performing Arts Center have a unique architectural presence and stand as a landmark building of arts in Kristiansand. Read more
Kilden teater og konserthus Performing Arts Centre
Festung Lista Hangar museum is a historical museum located in Hangar 45, at "Lista Fly- og Næringspark". Read more
Festung Lista Hangar 45
Kristiansand museum, is southern Norway's largest historical museum. Read more
Kristiansand museum
Narrow gauge preserved railway line (1,067 mm gauge) situated in Vennesla near Kristiansand and using steam locomotives and carriages which are over… Read more
Setesdalsbanen Railway line
A historical WWII museum in Kristiansand that features a German coastal defence battery from 1940-45, with the world's second largest land-based… Read more
Kristiansand Kanonmuseum Cannon Museum
Vennesla library and and culture centre has won prices for it's extraordinary architecture. Read more
Vennesla library and culture hall
In the gallery you will find unique art glass blown in the workshop by Camilla and Jarle Knapstad and jewellery made by goldsmiths Randi and Bjørnar… Read more
Galleri Knapstad
Come and visit one of the few Coastal Forts built by the Germans in World War 2, that is preserved in its original form. Read more
Nordberg Fort
Art exhibitions and sale of handicrafts. Production of Tovdal jewelry. Refreshments available, and play tower for children. Read more
Hillestad Gallery
A national centre for the preservation of historic ships built of steel - both a living engineering workshop and a museum. Read more
Bredalsholmen Dokk og Fartøyvernsenter
Næs Jernverksmuseum is one of the best preserved ironworks in Norway, unique in Europe. Playground and arranged children activities throughout July. Read more
Næs Ironworks Museum
Kristiansand Kunsthall (art hall) in Kristiansand city center. Read more
Kristiansand Kunsthall - Art Gallery
The Vest-Agder-Museum Gimle Gård is dating from about 1800. A cultural museum of historic interest. Read more
Gimle Gård Manor house
The Merdø museum is a small coastal farm kept as it was in about 1800. Beautiful surroundings on the island makes this a popular summer holiday spot. Read more
Merdøgaard museum
D/S Hestmanden sailed during both World Wars and is the last remaining ship in the Nortraship fleet. Read more
D/S Hestmanden
This Empire style building from 1827 contains a unique collection of tools, domestic utensils and furniture which presents the lives of our ancestors… Read more
Lillesand Town and Maritime Museum
Mandal museum is home to southern Norway's largest fishing history exhibition. Here you will also find the childhood home of the artist brothers… Read more
Mandal museum
Eydehavn museum tells the story of the modern industrial place Eydehavn from the beginning in 1913 and up until the present day. Read more
Eydehavn Museum
The Setesdal Museum at Rysstad , a journey through the culture, history and traditions of Setesdal. Read more
Setesdalsmuseet at Rysstad
The family-friendly museum in beautiful surroundings. Read more
The Maritime Museum in Aust-Agder
Southern Norway's largest location for contemporary art. Changing exhibitions and a permanent art collection with works by Norway's leading artists. Read more
Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall
Galleri Bi-Z represents 200 Norwegian and foreign artists. Frequent sales exhibitions throughout the year. Read more
Galleri Bi-Z
The factory was built in 1894, and has been designated a national monument to the textile industry in Norway. Read more
Sjølingstad Uldvarefabrik
Gallery with paintings from a local and eccentric artist from Hidra. Read more
Flekkefjord Museum
Built around the year 1700, presents a large number of old utility articles from the old Høvåg. Read more
Høvåg Museum
The museum have a collection of old textiles and clothes from the district, from the later part of 1800s. Read more
Lindesnes Bygdemuseum
Folk museum with local history in Søgne. Read more
Søgne Rural Museum
Buen kulturhus (culture house) offers library, cinema, cultural life, café and tourist information all year round. Read more
Buen kulturhus
At Odderøya Museumshavn your kids can borrow a rowboat, fold a paper plane or boat, make a pirate head scarf and learn to tie boating knots. Read more
Odderøya museumshavn - Museum Harbour
Scan the codes - follow the story! Look for the QR-codes placed around town and you will meet the young Henrik Ibsen talking about his youth in… Read more
Filmspel™ Henrik - "historical play"
Visit Tingvatn fornminnepark (Vest-Agder-museet) to learn more about the migration time and vikings in southern Norway. Read more
Tingvatn Fornminnepark Vest-Agder-museet
Klöckers hus is a museum displaying how a well-off family lived more than 100 years ago. Part of the museum displays the home of the sailor. Read more
Klöckers Hus - Arendal town museum
Lislestog is an open-air museum located across the road from Bykle Church. The museum is a collection of old buildings from the Setesdal Valley,… Read more
Open-air museum Lislestog in Bykle
SKMU have a permanent exhibition comprising Norwegian art from 1800 until today, as well as temporary exhibitions of contemporary crafts and visual… Read more
SKMU Sørlandets Kunstmuseum Art museum
At the farm Holte Gård in Randesund you can visit both the café and the gift shop, cuddle with the animals and take a stroll in the garden. Read more
Randesund Candle foundry and Gift shop
The childhood home of the artists Gustav and Emanuel Vigeland in Mandal. Read more
Vigeland hus (Vigeland House)
Naturmuseum og botanisk hage, Universitetet i Agder is a natural history museum and botanical garden placed right outside of Kristiansand city center. Read more
Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Kristiansand
Building from 1734, received Europa Nostra prize for successful restoration. Read more
Lillesand Town Hall
The Hovden area had rich iron ore deposits and supplied large parts of Southern Norway with iron during the Viking Age and the Middle Ages. Read more
Hovden Museum of Iron Production
Agder Centre of Arts welcomes you to their little gallery only a few metres from the pedestrian precinct, where all year round you can view and buy… Read more
Agder Kunstsenter - Arts centre
MINERALPARKEN - nature's treasury. Read more
Mineralparken, Evje
On the island of Hidra, there is a museum in Rasvåg that reveals the history of the island. Read more
Fedrenes Museum
Arendal concert hall is located in the heart of Arendal, and is one of the largest culture and conference facilities in Southern Norway. Read more
Arendal concerthall
The Bragdøya is an island with a public recreation area in Byfjorden right outside Kristiansand. Read more
Bragdøya Coast Culture Center
The cultural center in Grimstad is located at the Hestetorvet in the heart of Grimstad. The building features a combined theatre and cinema, as… Read more
Grimstad Cultural Centre
Lista's interesting history is depicted through an extensive exhibition of collected historical items and traditional buildings. Read more
Lista Museum
Staubø Kultursenter is a culture centre with a gallery, arts and crafts shop, café, about 3 kms of culture trail, and small boats and kayaks for rent. Read more
Staubø Kultursenter
Reconstructed settlement from the Viking Bronze Age. Fertility labyrinth, archery and story-telling. Read more
Bronseplassen Viking experiences
Visit all the small shops and cafés on beautiful car-free Sandøya. 200 people live here and almost all of them are involved in "Made on Sandøya" in… Read more
Made On Sandøya
Travel back in time to grandma's or even great-grandma's kitchen, see her cute little electric play stove with miniature pots and pans, grandpa's… Read more
Aluminium museum on Hisøy island
Atelier Båly has everything from painting to earrings. Read more
Atelier Båly
Norway's only peat museum covering production from 1896 to present day, powered by a steam engine from 1907. Read more
Birkenes Bygdemuseum - Myhre Peat Dust Factory
Bratteklev shipyard is today a museum with every little detail intact, just like it was when O.B. Sørensen built his first ship in 1867. Read more
Bratteklev shipyard
Situated by the river at Feda. Experience the old tradition of barrel making. Various sized barrels available for sale. Bathing area suitable for… Read more
Bøkkerbua Traditional Wooden Barrel Making
Here you can see the four largest Scandinavian carnivores: bear, wolf, wolverine and lynx and smaller predators, birds and a beaver exhibition. Read more
Elvarheim Museum
There is so much history in the city of Farsund in Southern Norway, all is within easy reach. Read more
Farsund City History
Welcome to Flekkefjord Cultural center Spira. There is something to experience for everyone. You can go to concerts, theater, to the cinema and the… Read more
Flekkefjord cultural centre Spira
Art gallery in Risør with a nice view over the town from the top floor. Read more
Gallery Branntårnet in Risør
Welcome to Grimstad - the town of poets! Read more
Hamsun on your own
Visit Barnevandrersenteret - The Child Migrator Center - at Konsmo, Audnedal. Read more
Historic Child Migration Center at Konsmo
Setesdal was by many perceived as an area where ancient Norway had been preserved. Customs and traditions formed part of the Norwegian national… Read more
Huldreheimen in Bykle
School museum, with a collection of agricultural tools. Read more
Hægeland Rural Museum
We welcome you to take a trip into "the abandoned Mine" at Knaben. Read more
Knaben mine tour
The Knaben Gruvemuseum "mining museum" displays history of the mine and its involvement in the First and Second World Wars. Visit the old mine with a… Read more
Knaben Mining Museum
Balloons, birdhouses, butterflies and much more are among Kristin Antonsen's art. Read more
Kristin Antonsen - Ceramist
Kunstsilo Nordic art museum opens in Kristiansand, Southern Norway in 2023. Read more
Kunstsilo Nordic art museum in Kristiansand
Cultural centre located in the disused fishing factory at Ramslandsvågen, on the way to Lindesnes Lighthouse. Read more
Lindesnes centre of maritime culture
A coastal culture exhibition in the former Brekneholmen boat builder's yard. Read more
Listaskøyta Coast Culture Center
The museum has a wonderful location at Høgtun Kultursenter in the village of Øyslebø. Read more
Mamu - Marnardal Museum
Mandal Brukskunst houses temporary exhibitions throughout the year, exhibiting work by the 50 members Read more
Mandal Brukskunst
One of Southern Norways most renowned painters. His former home, now a museum, houses an extensive collection of his paintings. By Utsikten , close to… Read more
Marcelius Førlands Artmuseum
Porsmyr Bygdetun is a old farm witch consists of the main house, a large outhouse and two traditional storehouses. Read more
Porsmyr Bygdetun
The Reimanngården was Henrik Ibsen's first residence and workplace in Grimstad. Read more
Reimanngården - Grimstad Art Society
Risør Kystkultursenter (Risør coastal heritage centre) is located in an old boatyard at Moen Trebåtbyggeri, 12 km outside Risør town. Read more
Risør Kystkultursenter
See street art in the middle of one of Southern Norway's best-preserved old towns. Read more
Street art in Flekkefjord
In recent years Kristiansand has been decorated with lots of street art from both local, national and international artists. Read more
Street art in Kristiansand
Såpeloftet makes natural cold process handcrafted soaps, bath bombs and other bath and body products. Read more
Såpeloftet
The Old Post Office is a part of the Child Migration museum. Read more
The old post office at Konsmo
The Tvedestrand museum has a history closely linked to the history of Tvedestrand town. The building is one of the oldest and best preserved in town. Read more
Tvedestrand Museum
The world-famous mathematician Niels Henrik Abel grew up in Gjerstad. At the Abel Centre you can learn more about his life. Read more
Abel centre in Gjerstad
The artist Mette Lilletvedt's gallery at Snig in Lindesnes. Read more
Galleri Furuly
Gallery in Risør for maritime photography, graphic and interior design. Read more
Galleri Nylund Larsen
It houses a collection of exhibits from local houses, schools and working life. Read more
Laudal Museum
Welcome to RAGIN's Barn Art CENTER, the art gallery at Øvre Våge - located 2km from the Lindesnes Lighthouse. Read more
Ragin's Barn Art Center
Rekordparken is a Guinness Book of Records exhibition building which is located at Alcoa Miljøpark in Farsund. Read more
Rekordparken - Guinness Book of Records exhibition building
The museum owns several hundred works of the artist Sigurd Nome in plaster, stone and bronze. Read more
Sigurd Nomes collection
Joint workshop Myren Graphics is a workshop for artists in the Kristiansand area. The Workshop premises are found in the old barn on Myren Gård.… Read more
Myren Grafikk
ARTendal is a gallery with a large selection of contemporary art for sale, in addition to displaying works from the collection of Bomuldsfabriken Art… Read more
ARTendal
Probably Vennesla's oldest dwelling, dating back to the 1600's. It was here that the local lumbering industry began. Renovated forge. Read more
Bommen Elvemuseum
Bygland Museum is an open-air museum with local farm buildings, the oldest ones dating back to the 17th century. The big open-hearth… Read more
Bygland Museum
Gallery and workshop in Edda's barn at Holmesland in Holum, just outside Mandal. Read more
Eddas Låve
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