Museum sights in Grimstad
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Norway’s favourite playwright, Henrik Ibsen, arrived here in January 1844. The house where he worked as a pharmacist’s apprentice, and where he lived and first cultivated his interest in writing, has been converted into the Ibsenhuset Museum. It contains a re-created pharmacy and many of the writer’s belongings and is one of southern Norway’s more interesting museums, with everything you needed to know from Ibsen’s life and work. There’s also a library with the writer’s complete works. His 1861 poem Terje Vigen and his 1877 drama Pillars of Society take place in the Skerries offshore from Grimstad.
This important museum, in the office of the 1842 Hasseldalen shipyard, provides a glimpse into Grimstad’s history during ‘the days of the white sails’. While you’re there it’s worth climbing the short track from the end of Batteriveien up the Binabben hill for a view over Grimstad. Make sure you visit the Ibsenhuset Museum first or the combined ticket won’t work.