Henrik Ibsen lived on the VenstÝp farm in Gjerpen outside of Skien for eight of years of his childhood, from 1835 to 1843. VenstÝp was founded as an Ibsen museum in 1958 and is owned by the Telemark Museum.
Photo: JÝrn Steen
Celebration of the great author has long-standing traditions in the town. The Ibsen Museum in Grimstad is Norwayīs oldest Ibsen museum - it opened in 1916.
10 June 2006 the Ibsen Museum re-opened after extensive reorganisation. The "new" museum wishes to communicate the story of the time spent by the great author in the town and the townīs impression of the young apothecaryīs assistant from Skien. Can the Grimstad period have inspired the writer in his authorship? How do the town and its residents appear in his plays and poetry? And what was the man, who would later be known as the reticent "Sphinx", like in his youth?
Photo: Anne-Lise Reinsfelt, The Ibsen Museum / The Norwegian Folk Museum, 2006.