Traces of lives lived
People have lived their lifes at Egge for thousands of years, and on the Egge Museum premises we can see numerous traces of these lives. Burial mounds and rock formations from various eras are prominent in the landscape, and in their own way these features silently tell the story of those that came before us.
When you visit Egge museum, the stories come alive, and you are taken back to the Iron Age, to the Egge chieftain residence, to the cotter’s home, to the Steinkjer city of old, or whatever point in history you could imagine. Here you can also rest your back against an old log wall, have a cup of coffee, and take a journey through your own history. Whatever your motivation: Welcome! We will take good care of you!
The chieftains’ seat at Egge
Atop Eggevammen, with a view of the fjord, lies Eggetunet – where some of the most powerful chieftains of the Viking Era resided. Trond Haka, Olve and Kalv Arnesson are familiar names from the Viking sagas, and Kalv was among those leading the peasant army facing Olav Haraldsson at the Battle of Stikestad in 1030. Many will also be familiar with Sigrid. As the wife of Olve, and later Kalv Arnesson, she spent many years as the mistress of the house at Egge.
The Egge Viking Festival
It is in this very historic site at Eggetunet that the Viking Festival at Egge takes place every second year, the second weekend of July. This is a colourful festival with experiences and events for the entire family. Events include a historical marked, battle scenes, jugglers, music, an evening feast, a play and activity area for children called Leikarvollen, and the family theatre Silkeskjegg, Silk Beard.
The next Egge Viking Festival is held 7.-9. of July 2017. Do you want to patisipate in the Viking Market during Egge Viking Festival ? Please contact [email protected]
The County Governor’s Estate – the chieftains’ seat of today
The restauration of the County Governor’s Estate form 1919 was complete in 2007, and with its beautiful wallpapers and stylish interior it is presented as a modern chieftain residence at Egge. Please contact the museum if you want to visit the County Governor Estate.
Open- air museum
In the courtyard at the open- air museum, you’ll meet the maid or the farm hand. They can tell you many stories of the houses here, and life on a Trønder farm towards the end of 19th century. Children and adults alike can hear the story of why there are small chips of wood inserted in the walls of the pillared store house, and afterwards you can go over and pet the sheep or some of the other animals on the museum grounds. After jumping in the hay for a while, maybe you’ll fancy some freshly- made waffels?
Egge Museum has the largest collection of agricultural artefacts north of Dovre, and in the exhibition hall you can see agricultural machinery from several stages in history. Here, you can also take a look at the Vivinius, one of the first cars to arrive in our region. This car once belonged to Otto Schultz of Egge Estate. The old bus is also parked here, and sometimes takes passengers on a tour of the premises.
Steinkjer – portraits of a city
In the exhibition hall of the open-air museum, you’ll find the exhibition “Steinkjer – portraits of a City”. Here you can see pictures and artefacts from the Steinkjer of days gone by, and walk down a shopping street as it may have appeared in Steinkjer in the time between World Wars I and II.
The shop maiden has sweet candy for sale at the grocer’s, and she knows all sorts of things about the people around town. For example, if you are curious about the outcome of Apothecary Nannestad’s project to build an apartment for his chickens, she is the person to ask!
At the Little General Store the children are in charge. Here, you’ll find large paper money and shelves filled with old tins and boxes, and a small wood- burning stove to prepare coffee for thirsty customers. Put on an apron and let the trading begin!
Season 2016: June 19 – August 21: Daily, from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm.
Entrance fee: NOK 70.00
Free for children under age 15.
June 19: Childrens Day. The season kicks off with many different activities.
June 23: Midsummer Eve Celebration
November 27: Advent
Egge Museum I situated in Steinkjer in North- Trøndelag.