The Kittelsen Museum
With a view that looks out over all of Modum, Tyrifjorden and Ringerike, the Kittelsen Museum is majestically located on Skuterud Ridge (350 masl) at the Cobalt Mines. This is the place to enjoy one of Norway’s largest collections of originals by Kittelsen, an illustrator of fairy tales.
Theodor Kittelsen (1857-1914) is an artist with whom many people are familiar. Goblins and trolls, drawings and wood carvings, paintings and curiosities. Kittelsen was a multi-talented artist, as you can see from the huge range of his works exhibited here in the Kittelsen Museum.
You may like fairytales, gnomes and trolls, or perhaps you prefer the darker characters like the water spirit, Plague or Black Death. Whichever is your favourite, the Kittelsen Museum is worth a visit. There is also a small shop selling a range of books about Kittelsen and Kittelsen souvenirs, specially produced for the Cobalt Works and Mines.
The history of the Kittelsen Museum at the Cobalt Mines started in 1987, when Kittelsen’s surviving children, Nanna and Helge Theodor asked us if we would consider building a permanent museum for Kittelsen’s works. In return, they would donate a number of artefacts still in the family’s possession. This coincided with our work of restoring the technical monuments at the Cobalt Mines and making them available to the public. Residential accommodation for mine workers on Skuterud Ridge was transformed into a national Kittelsen Museum.
On 21 May 1993, the museum was ceremoniously opened by King Harald V. People were now able to admire some of Kittelsen’s wood carvings, including a bookcase, work table, chess set, wastepaper bin, two log chairs and a number of friezes. These were artefacts which had been on display in Kittelsen’s own lifetime, but which had also been used in the family’s home. The donation also included personal items which had belonged to the artist, including painting equipment.
We have since systematically built up the museum’s collection by buying some paintings and drawings every year. Here you can see masterpieces like Nøkken på hvit hest (1909), Nyttårsny (1905), Husmand (1913) and Bergtrold (1905). Kittelsen’s humour can be seen in works such as Nisser og dverg bygger i berget (1907) and Å hutte tu! (1903). Several works which are owned by the Sparebank Foundation DNB are also kept at the museum and can be viewed here.