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Dalane Folk museum (regional museum)

Oppdatert: 24. jan. 2023

Dalane Folkemuseum is the regional museum for Dalane, an area that includes the municipalities of Eigersund, Sokndal, Lund and Bjerkreim. The museum has rich and extensive collections, with facilities spread all over Dalane. The main facility is located at Slettebø near Egersund center. In the center of Egersund is the Egersund Fayance Museum.

Dalane Folkemuseum was founded in 1910. For the first few years, the museum was located in Årstad in Egersund.But in 1935 it moved to Slettebø, 3 km from the center of Egersund. Here, the museum has several buildings.

The core of the original facility is Magistrate Feyer's old country house with main building, farm manager's residence and carriage shed from the 1850s. The gazebo is from the 1830s. During the Second World War, Slettebø was built as a military camp for the occupying power. The museum's crafts department and agriculture department are housed in buildings from this period.

“Dalane Folkemuseum, Sogndalstrand Fishing and Maritime Museum, Egersund Faiance Museum, Mysinghålå, Helleren in Jøssingfjord and Jøssingfjord science museum ”


You may have driven past them or seen a photograph of them – in a tourist brochure, magazine or calendar – the two small houses below Helleren in Jøssingfjord. If you drive the North Sea Road you will see them from Fv.44 in Jøssingfjord between Egersund and Flekkefjord.

In a world of shades of grey, the two small houses lie in this very, very special light: Jøssingfjord and Helleren are surrounded by all the shades of gray that exist on the scale. The rock - "Hedlaren" - forms a natural roof and shelter that has been used by people for thousands of years.The slab is large - the drop measures 10 meters at its deepest. The two houses are protected by Helleren - and that is also the reason why these houses and this Helleren provide a unique and distinctive experience.

Both houses are from the 19th century, but parts of the buildings may be considerably older. Presumably there has been a permanent settlement (year-round settlement) below Helleren since the 17th century. Dalane Folkemuseum took over ownership and responsibility for the houses in 2002, when Titania AS transferred them to the museum.

Egersund Faience Museum Egersund Faiance Museum is a museum linked to the production of A/S Egersunds Fayancefabriks Co. (1847 – 1979). For more than 132 years, the factory in Egersund supplied the Norwegian people with stoneware both for everyday use and for parties. A/S Egersunds Fayancefabriks Co. had an exceptionally extensive production with a wealth of different models and decorations. Through the extensive production, currents within the world of art and fashion are reflected for a long period. The factory was founded in 1847 under the name Egersunds Potteri. The founder Johan Feyer had himself learned pottery through studies in Newcastle upon Tyne. Within a short time, the factory developed into Norway's largest stoneware producer.


Dalane Folkemuseum was founded in 1910, and held its first years at Årstad in Egersund. In 1935, the museum moved to Slettebø, 3 kilometers from the center of Egersund. Here you will find the museum's administration building today. The core of the original facility at Slettebø is Magistrate Feyer's old country house with main building, farm manager's residence and carriage shed from the 1850s. In the museum garden stands a gazebo from the 1830s. The gazebo was refurbished and painted in the original colors in connection with the 200th anniversary of Norway's constitution in 2014.

Jøssingfjord Science Museum

Jøssingfjord Science Museum is to be established in Helleren in Jøssingfjord.The Science Museum wants to make visible the connection between the place's nature, people and technology, as well as arouse interest in science among children and young people.


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