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The Western Norway Emigration Centre


Opening hours from June 15 - August with registration, mon, tue and thursday. Mor info will follow

Group bookings by arrangement throughout the year.


The Western Norway Emigration Centre is located at Sletta, Radøy in Alver municipality. A small church and a Prairie Village 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. 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, a small Prairie Village. 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. There are also guided tours around the centre, and every year there is an Emigration Festival, whitch takes place the weekend closest to 4th of July.

Through the year, it will be arranged several events, like conserts, outdoor movies, exibitions and themedays etc.

The Western Norway Emigration Centre is a 1 hour drive north of Bergen city.  Two sundays in July the fjordboat steemer “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
  • Hellandvegen 541
  • 5939 Sletta Norway


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

Opening hours

changed due to coranavirus

  • From 15th. june, opening hours: monday, tuesday and thursday 11-16. Visitors have to be registrated.
  • Group bookings by arrangement throughout the year. Because of the coronasituation, the center will be closed in the weekends this summer, but you are welcome to book your groupvisits in the weekdays.


Office Hours


  • Adults: NOK  80
  • Students: NOK 50
  • Children: Free
  • Groups: NOK 70,-/pers (minimum 10 pers.)
  • When booking guided tours for groups outside of the museum opening hours, there is an additional fee of 700 NOK.