Bogstad Manor is a listed and protected cultural monument and one of the few country estates in Norway. It holds a central position in Norwegian history, both as an industrial estate and as a centre during important periods of our political history.
The history of the estate dates back to 1649, but the site was cleared and cultivated in prehistoric times. While Norway was still Catholic the land was rented out to tenant farmers by Hovedøya Monastery. After the reformatin in 1536 it was confiscated by the Crown. In 1649 the Danish-Norwegian king Fredrik III sold Bogstad and number of other farms to Morten Lauritzen. These forest holdings provided raw material for sawmills and the timber trade, both rapidly expanding enterprised in the 17th century.
The Manor remained in the same family from its establishment in 1649 until it was left to the Bogstad Foundation in 1955, administered under the Norwegian Folk Museum. A unique gift, they left everything as it was so it’s an authentic place with layers of layers of significant history.
The name that most Norwegian associate with Bogstad Manor is Peder Anker, who became the first Norwegian Prime Minister in Stockholm in 1814 during the union with Sweden (1814-1905).
From 1773 to 1780 Peder Anker made some alterations and additions to the main building in the best European tradition. He made his ballroom with inspiration from Versailles, bought a huge collection of paintings in Rome and created the first English landscape park in Norway. He experimented with rare trees and tried different plants to see if they could manage the climate. He created a model farm with several greenhouses and orangeries with exotic plants from all over the world.
1814 is a remarkable year in Norwegian history. We left the union with Denmark after nearly 450 years, we got our own constitution, at that time the most liberal one in the world. And we were forced in to a personal union with Sweden. In November 1814 the Swedish crown prince Karl Johan visited Bogstad and Peder Anker was asked to become prime minister. His son-in-law, the only count in Norway, became the minister of finance.
Bogstad today is open to the public throughout the year. Guided tours of the main buildings are offered in the summer season, while groups are received all year round.
Bogstad can be visited by the public all year round. During the summer months several family activities take place, mostly on sundays.
The museum is open for guided tours from May-September, Tuesday-Sunday at 1 pm and 2 pm. Guided tours are in Norwegian, but foreign guests are provided with an English pamphlet.
The cafe, shop and spesial exhibitons are open year around, Tuesday-Sunday 12 pm-4 pm
The Café Grevinnen
The old bakery has been restored and is now café. A lit fireplace creates the right atmosphere. We serve excellent cakes and specialities as well as soup and open faced sandwiches.
The Museum shop
The artifacts for sale in the museum shop do relate to the history and tradition at Bogstad manor. They may be copies of actual pieces found in the manor itself. The museum shop sells glass, pewter and porcelain. All excellent pieces and nice gifts.
Here we see the remnants of the baroque garden descending directly down from the main house to the lake. It was established in the first part of the 18th century. The romantic English style park was created by Peder Anker around 1780. It has winding canals, ponds for carp and ducks. Peder Anker introduced more than 400 rare trees and plants from abroad. This park became a model for number of parks in Norway.
Today the ponds have been restored with cascade and bridge. After the archeological excavations,
registration and import of correct plantmoderial, it now expresses the feeling and atmosphere of
a true 18th century park.
Farming at Bogstad
The farm at Bogstad is managed by the city of Oslo. Here the public can visit the barn and enjoy watching a number of different live animals.The barn with animals is open Tuesday until Friday from October until May.During the remaining part of the year the livestock are out in the fields grazing