The farmstead that shows how life was in the 11th century
The Viking-Age farm Gunnes gård is an open air museum beautifully located in an area with numerous archaeological remains. The site is a reconstruction of a Viking farmstead in the early years of the 11th century. The original farmstead was discovered during excavations at Pollista, not far from the museum.
The site has a unique historic setting. There are two Iron-Age burial grounds and several runic stones. One of the runic stones is inscribed; "Vibjörn had the stone carved in memory of Gunnes daughter, his wife". Gunnes gård is named after that stone. The remains of the farmstead at the museum site is yet to be found.
At Vikingagarden Gunnes gård
The farm brings to life what it would have been like to live on a Swedish farm in the early 11th century. It is a place where you can experience an authentic setting to learn more easily about the history of the Viking Age, and regardless of your background, can perhaps come closer to your own history.
To date there are eight houses with different usages reconstructed at the farmstead. All of this has been built up over time to correspond with the excavation site placements and usage of the different buildings. These include a:
main living quarters
houses for animals
pit house workshop
As part of being an open air museum the reconstruction is used for educational purposes. Groups and schools can book guided tours that make use of both the reconstruction and the cultural landscape that surrounds the museum.
Season - Months Open
March to November
Opening Hours - Days and Times
March and November (booked groups only)
April – May and September – October (Tuesday – Sunday)
No entrance fee. Activities and booked visits/tours have a fee.