Karie-Anne Pedersen, celebrated curator of the Norsk Folkemuseum, introduced us to the richly embroidered, colorful bunader (national costumes) from every region, including one set at a Telemark country wedding. We saw stunning dragon-style wood carvings from 1550 and some beautiful rosemaling (decorative painted floral patterns). Exhibits included wood carved hutches and painted turned bowls and a splendid trunk from Romsdal dating from 1834.
The 13th century Gol Stave Church is one of five medieval buildings at the open air museum, which also includes a 14th century farmhouse. The church, with its internal alter murals, is beautifully preserved. The Viking Ship Museum displays the world’s two best-preserved wooden Viking ships built in the 9th century, as well as small boats and tools.
A later Oslo excursion brought us to Vigeland Park, the monumental artistic creation with a human message. It was a great backdrop for sketching. The unique sculpture park is the life work of the sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and cast iron.