THE PETTER DASS MUSEUM
- MILLENNIUM SITE OF
THE COUNTY OF NORDLAND
Are you looking for peace and quiet, natural beauty, exciting cultural history, new and old architecture, or a taste of the local food of Helgeland?
- Visit the Petter Dass Museum!
The parson poet Petter Dass (1647-1707) lived and worked at Alstahaug from 1689 until his death. His name is therefore strongly connected with the place.
Petter Dass holds a significant position in our cultural history. Through his distinctive writings, bearing the stamp of North Norway’s natural and human environment, Petter Dass is considered one of the most important poets of the Dano-Norwegian realm of his time.
THE PETTER DASS MUSEUM
A new and modern museum, an 18th century parsonage and a beautiful medieval church: The Petter Dass Museum is a place of contrast.
The Petter Dass Museum was established in 1966 and is today part of Helgeland Museum. The museum primarily tells the story of the parson poet Petter Dass, and of his many-faceted role in Norway’s cultural history.
The museum comprises a yard surrounded by historical buildings, and a new building open the year round, designed by famous architectural practice Snøhetta AS.
THE CHURCH AT ALSTAHAUG
The church at Alstahaug is one of seven Northern Norwegian medieval churches that have been preserved. Archeological digs indicate settlements at Alstahaug from the 1100s, possibly earlier. The site has been a church site since about 1200, when the first section of Alstahaug church was built.
The oldest parts of the church are built with soapstone in the Romanesque style.
In 1803 the Northern Norwegian region was made into a bishopric separate from that of Nidaros (Trondheim). The first bishop of Northern Norway, Mathias Bonsach Krogh (1754-1828), was also parson of Alstahaug for a period. Accordingly, the church at Alstahaug is considered Northern Norway’s first cathedral.
The main exhibition in the new museum building takes as its starting point the social and religious conditions of Petter Dass and his times. The person, the poet and the parson Petter Dass is presented from different angles. Also present in the exhibition are such topics as religion in a multicultural society and questions concerning the way we take care of our natural resources.
In the main exhibition room, you will also find a space for temporary exhibitions.
An exciting pictorial play about Alstahaug, Petter Dass and his times is screened regularly in the museum auditorium.
In the oldest rooms of the parsonage, interiors from the 16-1700s are on display. In the remaining rooms are fixed and changing exhibitions, such as that of Karl Erik Harr’s illustrations for the collected works of Petter Dass. The parsonage is open during the summer season.
LIBRARY AND RESEARCH FACILITIES
The museum also offers an ever growing research library. Its contents span from literature by and about Petter Dass to 1600s history, history of literature, religion and church. Research facilities are available with PC and a wireless network.
CAFÉ AND GIFT SHOP
Margrethe’s kafé serves tasty food, based on fresh, local produce.
Our gift shop has a wide selection of books, gifts and handicraft.
June 16 - August 15:
Daily: 10:00 - 18:00
August 16 - June 15:
Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 15:30
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00
Groups are requested to book in advance.
Adults: NOK 75,-
Children under 16: free
Students/Pensioners: NOK 65,-
Groups of 10 or more: NOK 65,- per person
Winter fee: 50,- per person.
We reserve the right to make changes.
How to get here
Alstahaug is about 20 km south of Sandnessjøen, just off FV 17, the Coastal Route (Kystriksveien). Parking facilities include reserved parking for the disabled.
Petter Dass Museum
NO-8800 Sandnessjøen, Norway
Tel: +47 75 11 01 50