Henrik Ibsen’s childhood home, Venstøp, is just a few kilometres north of Skien city.
Henrik Ibsen was born in Skien on 20 March 1828. At first the family lived at Stockmanngården on the market square, later moving to Altenburggården a little way up the hill. In 1834, when Henrik was seven, the family moved to the country. They continued to live at Venstøp until he was 15.
Exhibitions at The Henrik Ibsen Museum
Take a break in the museum café with a piece of honey cake, Ibsen’s favourite. Our well-stocked gift shop carries many books about Ibsen alongside the dramatist’s own works. Children can have fun dressing up and playing theatre in the barn.
A beautiful farm
Venstøp consists of the preserved farmhouse (dating from 1815), the wash house, the farm labourers’ quarters, the barn and the storehouse. The farm is set amid a beautiful agricultural landscape. In the large orchard, we have recreated an 1830s bowling alley, which you are welcome to use when you visit Venstøp – just as Ibsen’s parents, Knud and Marichen Ibsen’s guests did almost 200 years ago