About Sunnhordland Museum

Sunnhordland Museum is responsible for cultural dissemination in Sunnhordland region. The museum has several historical courtyards in the region, in addition to the mines at Litlabø and The Halsnøy monastery. The museum administration is at Stord.
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Sunnhordland Museum have regional museum responsibilities for all eight municipalities in Sunnhordland (Austevoll, Bømlo, Etne, Fitjar, Kvinnherad, Stord, Sveio and Tysnes). The museum also owns a historic site in Ølen, Vindafjord.

Our museum has an important task as «memory bank» for a total region. That means that we document our regional history through collection, preservation, research and dissemination.

Documentation of some of the artefacts from our vast collection can be seen here: Sunnhordland museum at DigitalMuseum.

The museum shall promote the important interest in gaining knowledge about the past, and in particular stimulate children and young people’s interest in the local history. Sunnhordland museum is responsible for sites and yards in six municipalities in Sunnhordland.

The museum administers 49 antiquarian buildings, a large object collection, and photographic and private archival collections. We work with many historic epoques, streching from the Middle Ages on Halsnøy monastery, the traditional peasant culture and early industrialization in boat construction, mining and canning industry, up to today’s modern mechanical shipping and petroleum industries.

Do you want to learn more og visit one of our sites? Please contact us.

Historic sites in Sunnhordland managed by the museum:

  • Sunnhordlandstunet (Leirvik, Stord): The museum comprises ten buildings: including open hearth huts, a farm house with an attic, a school house, a country store and a beach fisherman’s rented hut. The museum has permanent exhibitions featuring agriculture, forestry, fishery and coastal industries, life in prehistoric times and a lovely local textiles exhibition. Open Tuesday-Friday all year, and daily (not Mondays) during summer.
  • Halsnøy Monastery (Halsnøy, Kvinnherad): The Augustine monastery courtyard containes what remains of the Augustinian monastery built by Erling Skakke in 1164. After the reformation, the sheriff and the bailiff was seated here. The farmhouse was built in 1841, and a garden and jetty are also included. It is an arena for cultural events every year. Open Tuesday-Thursday all year, and daily (not Mondays) during summer.
  • The Mine Museum (Litlabø, Stord): The museum comprises several of the buildings from the mining period from 1865 to 1967.For guided assistance: contact us.
  • The miller’s house (Leirvik, Stord): A restored holding the miller’s apartment, a storage room, and a photomontage shows the history of milling and ship building on the location. Situated next to Stord Church. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Sæbøtunet in Etne: Courtyard with eight houses from 1700-1800. It is the biggest Authentic museum courtyard in our region. Open three days a week during summer. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Nerheimstunet in Ølen (Vindafjord): Courtyard from the middle of the 19th century, the buildings are typical for Sunnhordland after the land redistribution (about 1835). Open three days a week during summer. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Nistovetunet (Omvikedalen, Kvinnherad): Courtyard from 1800. The houses contain much of the origial movables. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Haua house (Omvikedalen, Kvinnherad: A typical Norwegian «lemstove» (house with a loft). The home of author Jens Tvedt, built in 1588. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Gjerdetunet (Mauranger, Kvinnherad): Courtyard with open hearth hut, and a storehouse from 1588. For guided assistance: contact us.
  • Seløystova (Tysnes): For guided assistance: contact us.
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