Henrik Ibsen Museum, Skien
The first fifteen years of Ibsenís life in Skien were a class journey from prosperity to poverty. Until the early summer of 1834 the Ibsen family was one of Skienís most prosperous. But in the course of only one year − a year with a rude beginning when the authorities shut down the large distilled spirits boiler − the family was completely dispossessed and thrown into destitution.
The VenstÝp estate was a gift to the Telemark Museum from the family LÝvenskiold and was opened as a museum in 1958. It is one of three Ibsen museums in Norway. The others, in Grimstad (1916) and Oslo (1993), together with Skien comprise key sources to Henrik Ibsenīs life.