Ivar Aasen-tunet is situated on the farm where Ivar Aasen (1813-1896) was born and raised. The buildings make up a museum dedicated to honour Aasen's life, and his work in creating the Norwegian written language Nynorsk ("New Norwegian").
The museum is also a national centre for the documentation and experience of Nynorsk and it's culture. The museums' yard holds five buildings from three centuries, and an outdoor area used for gatherings since the 1880s. The old building, from 1898, is the oldest museum in Norway commemorating a person, and the area outside is an excellent starting point for easy walks and hikes along marked paths.
Inside the new museum you will find exhibitions on Ivar Aasen, languages and literature, and they display new elements every day. Here you can also watch an interesting 20 minutes documentary about Aasen, in English or Norwegian, and try the fascinating computer game "Dialektspelet". The museum has got a large library and archive, with more than 30,000 books and works, a café and a souvenir shop.
Every year in the last week of June, the culture festival "Dei Nynorske Festspela" is held at Ivar Aasen-tunet. This is a celebration of the Nynorsk written language, and includes literary works, music and unexpected pictures. The newest house in Ivar Aasen-tunet was opened in 2000, and is designed by one of Norway's foremost architects, Sverre Fehn. The building is therefore an exciting attraction in itself.