Permanent exhibits for adults and children
The museum has a wide range of permanent exhibits linked to agriculture, hunting and fishing. Other exhibits show various traditional crafts, and there is also a comprehensive exhibit of clothes and textiles.
Another separate exhibit is called Holidays and festive occasions, where you can learn more about our traditional holidays. The museum also has an exhibit of unique objects from old churches in Sogn. We have also reconstructed various craftsmen's workshop in a sea-crofter setting, as well as a complete dentist's office.
Give us this day our daily bread, we reading the Lord's Prayer. Having food on the table has never been something that all people could take for granted. Our ancestors used most of their time and energy precisely on the daily struggle for food. From the earliest of times, Norwegians got food from hunting, gathering and fishing. In the Neolithic period, around year3000 B.C. they began to cultivate the land. Eventually, they settled and became “bùandi”, which is the Old Norse word for farmer.
In the exhibition, you will find tools and equipment used in the traditional farming here in Sogn. They are mostly simple, homemade hand tools, made of wood. Many of them did not change at all from the Viking Age until the end of the 19th centum. Women and men, young and old all worked on the farm, but would often have their own tasks. The food they grew was mostly for their own use.
The exhibition shows growing of grains, potatoes and fruit, gathering of fodder and animal husbandry, hunting and gathering, slaughtering and traditional food processing, as well as the day-to-day cooking. What about us? What do we eat? Who makes our food, and how far has it traveled? How much time and money do we spend on food? How do we distribute the food we produce, and why do we throw some of it away?
Moreover, will Earth be able to feed a steadily growing population in the future?
The museum has two separate exhibits for children and young people. One is called "When great-grandmother was a small girl", showing toys and children activities from the early 20th century. Children are also encouraged to try various old games and toys.
The other exhibit called "Young people from Sogn" was made by children themselves in connection with the millennium celebration. It shows the rooms and interests of children and teenagers at that time. All in all, the museum exhibits give visitors a good understanding of how people from Sogn have lived.