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The Western Norway Emigration Centre

Opening hours May 10 – June 14: Saturday and Sunday 12pm–15pm.

Opening hours June 16 - August 23: Tuesday to Friday 12pm-17pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-15pm. Monday closed.

Group bookings by arrangement throughout the year.

0047-55251809 vestnorsk.utvandringssenter@muho.no

The Western Norway Emigration Centre is located at Sletta in Radøy municipality. A small church and several houses have been transported from the USA and reassembled in a rural environment in Western Norway similar to that which many Norwegian emigrants to North America left behind. The Emigration Centre is the result of local volunteer work and collaborative efforts, and the centre’s main field has been extended to cover both past and present migration and cultural encounters in a broader sense. The centre also aims to reflect the fact that immigration to Norway has increased significantly in later years.

 

The Emigrant Church came to Sletta from Brampton, North Dakota. On the 22nd of june, 1996, the church was donated to the Emigration Centre, and marked the start of the centre. The church was built by Norwegian immigrants who settled in North Dakota before and after the turn of the 20th century. It was reconstructed during the autumn of 1996 and the spring of 1997, before the consecration by bishop Ole Danbolt Hagesæther on 6th of july 1997. The church is still in use for weddings, baptisms, and funerals.

 

There are five other houses at the Emigration Centre. The Underwood Pioneer House, Marboe Township School and the Brampton School Teacher´s Home had their official opening on 8th of July, 2000. A year later, on the 7th of July, Dr. J. C. Serkland´s Medical Office had its official opening, while Elizabeth´s Jail and Town Hall was opened on 6th of July 2002. All five houses were either built by Norwegian immigrants or in townships where Norwegians were present.

 

The centre has a small gift shop and exhibitions in the basement of the church. New this year is the exhibition “Between Coasts”, which shows modern emigration to America from Norway. There are also guided tours around the centre, and every year there is an Emigration Festival. This takes place the weekend closest to 4th of July with a barbecue and concerts.

 

The Western Norway Emigration Centre is a 50 minute drive north of Bergen city. Sundays from 21st of June to 12th of July, the fjordboat “Oster” takes the trip from Bergen city to the Emigration Centre and The Heathland Centre.

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Visiting address

  • Western Norway Emigration Centre
  • N- 5939 Sletta Norway

Administration

  • The Museum Centre in Hordaland
  • Western Norway Emigration Centre
  • Salhusvegen 201
  • N - 5107 Salhus
  • Norway

Hours

  • 27.05-14.06: Saturday and Sunday 12–15
  • 19.06-19.08: Tuesday – Friday 12-17
  • Saturday and Sunday 12–15. Monday closed.
  • Group bookings by arrangement throughout the year.

Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 15.30
  • Department manager: Lena Eikeland Kutschera (deputy) / Ida Dyrkorn Heierland (on leave)
  • vestnorsk.utvandringssenter@muho.no
  • Phone: +47 55 25 18 09 / +47 917 12 961

Admission

  • Adults: NOK  60
  • Students: NOK 40
  • Children: Gratis
  • Groups: NOK 50,-/pers (minimum 10 pers.)
  • When booking guided tours for groups outside of the museum opening hours, there is an additional fee of 700 NOK.