- Venstøphøgda Skien
- 35 52 57 49
- adult/student/senior/child Nkr50/20/20/20
- 10am-6pm mid-May–Aug
Lonely Planet review for Henrik Ibsenmuseet
Author, playwright and so-called ‘Father of Modern Drama’, Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on 20 March 1828. In 1835 the family fell on hard times and moved out to the farm Venstøp, 5km north of Skien, where they stayed for seven years. The 1815 farmhouse has now been converted into the excellent Henrik Ibsenmuseet. There are some terrific audio-visual displays in the former barn, while guides (some of whom are Ibsen actors) show you around the family home. Ask also about Ibsen theatre performances here or at the tourist office, or check out the programme at the Theater Ibsen, which is in the town centre, a block back from the harbour.