Dalane Folk Museum and Egersund Museum of Pottery

Dalane Folk Museum and Egersund Museum of Pottery

The Dalane Folkemuseum (Dalane Folk Museum) is divided into two parts.

The more interesting main section features eight historic timber homes at Slettebø, 3.5 km north of the town just off the Rv42. A typical farmer's home and a senior civil servant's home from the 18th and 19th centuries, and agricultural and craft exhibitions, are displayed.

The other section is the Egersund Fayance museum (Egersund Museum of Pottery) [same hours], a walkable 1.5km northeast of the town. The museum displays the production of Egersund Fayancefabrik (1847-1979), wares of Egersund Pottery. Norway's best known ceramic and porcelain factory produced both china for every day use and art objects.

Egersund Fayance museum (Egersund Museum of Pottery)

Egersund has a prestigious porcelain and ceramics museum called the Fayance museum. The museum was formerly a pottery plant known as the Egersunds Pottery. This plant was opened in 1847 and its owner was Johann Feyer, a ceramist that did some studies in Newcastle, England. At some point, pottery and Feyer’s plant was the most desired place to work in Egersund. Egersund’s local pottery industry was of great importance for the town and district, and the Egersund Fayancefabrik (1847-1979) played a major role in its development. When it closed down the historical collection of pottery and the factory archives became the property of Dalane Regional Museum and the Pottery Museum in its current shape was opened in 1986. Today, the Egersund Fayance museum (Egersund Museum of Pottery) is a place that gathers all sorts of pottery products, from mugs to figurines.

The exhibition displays a wide selection of productions from the factory's 132-year history, from grand items to dolls and everyday household pottery in a variety of design and patterns. There is also a special exhibition of cups. It displays an extensive selection of ceramics made in the Fayance factory from the time it was founded until production stopped in 1979. Also utilitarian stoneware in innumerable models and patterns. Here you can rediscover three generations of stoneware as used by your mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. There is also a large collection of copper plates here, which were used to print the patterns on the original products. You can buy souvenirs of your visit. Guided tours are available.

Dalane Folk Museum, Slettebø

The Dalane Folk Museum exhibits old handicraft traditions. Dalane Folk Museum complex is the grand main building in the late Empire style, constructed in the 1850s as a typical farmer's home and senior civil servant's country house. The garden pavilion, carriage house and farm manager's lodge date from the same period. Log cabin from the 17th century and schoolhouse ca. 1895, with extensive collection of educational materials and artefacts. Comprehensive crafts section with tools from a number of trades including cooperage, comb-making, wood turning, watch making and shoemaking, together with an extensive agricultural section of old, pre-mechanization farming implements: one of the country's best such collections. Extensive collection of 17th and 18th-century cast iron heating stoves and oven plates. The museum was established 1910, and has since then grown considerably.

The museum is open June 16 - Aug. 13, Sun: 12 pm-4 pm, Mon-Fri: 11 am-5 pm. The rest of the year: Sundays 1pm - 5pm. Includes several departments. The main collection and Faience museum is located Egersund.

Dalane Folk Museum and Egersund Museum of Pottery
Postbox: 338
4379 Egersund
Slettebø (Rogaland), 3 kilometres from Egersund by Route 42. The address of the Egersund Fayancemuseum is Elganeveien 1, Egersund.
Tel: 51 46 14 10
Fax: 51 46 14 11
E-mail: post@dalanefolke.museum.no
Internet: www.museumsnett.no/dalmus
The Dalane Folkemuseum (Dalane Folk Museum) is divided into two parts - Dalane Folk Museum and Egersund Museum of Pottery

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