Sunnmere Museum


Fielstua & Axla Observation Deck (Aksla & Fjellstua Utsiktspunkt). Fantastic view of the city, archipelago and mountain range. Restaurant / cafeteria with excellent view.

Atlantic Marine Park - Aalesund Aquarium (Atlanterhavsparken Ålesund Akvarium). One of the largest in Northern Europe. Huge water cages are part of the landscape and create a visual representation of the water fauna.

Barnas Lekeland Kids Game Center: A unique indoor leisure center. One of the largest sets of gaming machines in Norway.

Aalesund Fisheries Museum (Fiskerimuseet i Ålesund). The exposition tells the story of fishing and fish products trading in the region of Sünnmøre.

Jugendstilsenteret Center for the History of Art Nouveau: The collections of the National Center for the History of Art Nouveau (also known as Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau) contain artifacts belonging to various fields of applied art - from architecture to advertising and jewelry. There are multimedia exhibitions.

Kube Art Museum (Kunstmuseet Kube). Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Aalesunds Museum of History (Aalesunds Museum). Museum of the history of the city. A special exhibition is dedicated to the fire of 1904

Aalesund Church (Ålesund Kirke). Built in 1909. Magnificent stained glass windows and frescoes.

Alnes Lighthouse and Giske Church (Alnes Fyr og Giske Kirke). The local church built in 1150 was the home church of the Giske family. On the neighboring island is the fishing village of Alnes and the famous lighthouse of Alnes.

Borgareya Island, Ulsteinvik (Borgarøya, Ulsteinvik). An ancient commercial settlement founded in the 17th century.

Dolsteynskhol cave on about. Sandsøy (Dollsteinshola, Sandsøy). one of the most interesting caves in Norway

The Runde Miljøsenter, an international scientific and tourist center on the “bird island”, holds many popular science events and organizes active leisure in the wild for everyone. In the immediate vicinity of the center is a hostel (youth hostel). The buildings of the center correspond to all
environmental requirements. Guests of the center can take a fascinating journey through the fjords of the Sünnmere region in a mini-submarine.

Bird Island Runde (Fuglefjellet Runde). About 500,000 birds belonging to 230 species nest here.

Museum of Local Lore Herøy (Herøy Kystmuseum). Ancient trade settlement. Exhibition of boats, old buildings, household items. Every summer there is an open-air performance “The Ring of the King” (from the life of the Vikings).

Hjørundfjorden. A majestic fjord, along the coast of which there are charming villages.

Arctic Museum Orvak (Ishavsmuseet Aarvak). Expositions of the Arctic Museum tell about the traditions of hunting fur seals and other crafts of sailors of the West of Norway.

Museum-estate of Ivar Osen in the village (Ivar Aasentunet). National Information Center for Writing in New Norwegian (Nynorsk) Language. The building, designed by renowned architect Sverre Fen, is a landmark in itself.

Alesund view

Valley Norangdalen (Norangdalen). One of the narrowest valleys of Norway. Picturesque lake

Schönghellaren Cave, Fr. Valderoy (Skjonghellaren, Valderøy). The cave where the remains of fauna over 30,000 years old were found.

Old Sturdal Church (Stordal Gamle Kirke). Built in 1789, it is famous for its murals in the folk style.

Sunnmör Alps (Sunnmørsalpene). Beautiful mountain landscapes, eldorado for fishermen. Popular routes start in Molladalen, Slugen, Kulostinden (Molladalen, Slogen, Kolåstinden).

Ulla Lighthouse, Haram. An ancient trading settlement and a fishing village. The lighthouse is guarded by the state.

The Volda Ethnographic Museum and the Leatherworking Museum (Volda Bygdetun og garverimuseet). Open air museum, built in the middle of the 19th century, visual

Tours around Aalesund

“Acquaintance with the Fjords” (Fjord Experience), cruise along the Hyörundfjord, evening cruise to the fishing village of Ona, marine safari in the wild. Departure from Aalesund.

Alesund Walking Tours:

Excursions around Aalesund on a “city train”:

Alesund view

Photo and description

The Sunnmøre Museum is a beautiful ethnographic museum located 4 km from the city of Ålesund on 120 hectares of beautiful parkland. The open-air museum, founded in 1931, features about 50 historic buildings that reflect different periods of the city's existence - from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century.

Most visitors to the museum are attracted by the collection of Viking boats, which at that time served as a means of survival. They were used for fishing, as well as for the transport of goods, people and animals. A walk through the museum will allow you to see churches, models of wooden houses and farm buildings, rural and fishing houses from different places in Norway.

The main building, located in beautiful surroundings, hosts interesting exhibitions on archeology and culture, telling about the life of people who have been living in this region since ancient times.


The Sunnmere Museum is a unique ethnographic museum, located on 120 hectares of wonderful parkland landscape four kilometers away and half an hour from Alesund. It is one of the most popular cultural institutions in cold Scandinavia. This original open-air museum site was established in 1931. Today it is open to visitors only in the summer. A rich exposition is presented here - about fifty-five historical buildings, which are actually a kind of reflection of the different stages of the city's existence, from the Middle Ages to the beginning of the 20th century.

The history of the museum is not easy. It was opened in 1903, but not a trace was left a year later - a great fire destroyed literally everything, so when it was restored, many of the old things and houses brought for the exhibition were no longer from Aalesund, but mainly from Sunnmere.

Walking around the museum today, you can also see old churches, models of wooden houses with various outbuildings, as well as the most real rural houses brought to this place from different parts of northern Norway.

A collection of forty boats - Viking dragons, which were used not only for long hikes, but also served in those distant times, was primarily a means of survival, very popular with visitors. They were needed both for fishing and for transporting people, various cargoes and animals.

In the main building of this cultural institution, which is located in picturesque surroundings, curious thematic exhibitions are regularly held devoted to both cultural and archaeological values, various lectures are held that allow to learn more about the current generation about the life of the ancestors who inhabited this region dozens of centuries ago.

This is a description of the attractions of the Sunnmøre Ethnographic Museum 252 km northeast of Bergen, Møre og -romsdavsem (Norway). As well as photos, reviews and a map of the surroundings. Find out the history, coordinates, where it is and how to get there. Check out other places on our interactive map, get more detailed information. Get to know the world better.

What to see

In the Norwegian outback, houses covered with birch bark and forest moss are still preserved. There are several of them, interiors of different centuries are recreated inside. The situation of the most ancient log cabins is primitive; a sooty cauldron hangs over a hearth of stone blocks. In such harsh conditions, both Vikings and ordinary villagers lived. The houses of the 19th century are much more comfortable, the furniture is quite modern, the windows are already glass, not mica.

There are fishing boats at the berths, which had recently gone fishing, and today they ride tourists around the fjord.

On the Heland boat during the Second World War, refugees were transported from the occupied territory to the Shetland Islands, and British agents and partisan weapons were transported back to Norway.

40 rare boats and replicas of historical ships are placed in a special hangar. One hull is suspended from the ceiling to show tourists how the craftsmen ensured the seaworthiness of their ships.

The pride of the collection is the Viking dragons of the 7-8 centuries, reconstructed in our time according to the finds of archaeologists.

In the historical section of the museum exhibits artifacts related to the Neolithic and the Middle Ages. They were discovered during excavations of the nearby Borgund settlement.

Practical information

Address: Aalesund, Museumsvegen, 1. GPS coordinates: 62.468880, 6.236189. Website (in English).

How to get there: from Ålesund by car on the E136 road 5.5 km, by bus No. 601, 603, 605, 633 to the stop. Sunnmore museum, 10 minutes.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 16:00. Ticket price for adults: 80 NOK, senior citizens and students: 60 NOK, children: 40 NOK. Prices on the page are for September 2019.