We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ibsen-museet i Grimstad

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Henrik Ibsens gate 14, Grimstad 4878, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 37 04 04 90

Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with...

Henrik Ibsen came to Grimstad in 1843/44 to start his apprenticeship with apothecary Reimann. He stayed for 6 years, and when he left in spring 1850 it was as the author of the play "Catilina". The museum focus on the period before he achieved success and world fame. Topics such as how Ibsen made a living when his apprenticeship ended, his dire financial situation, the people who inspired him, the love stories and the son born out of wedlock all form part of the exhibition. The very pharmacy in which Ibsen worked is still intact. A museum shop is available.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 9 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 2
  • 3
    Very good
  • 0
  • 1
  • 0
The place to visit to see where Ibsen lived in his young years and got inspiration for elements in several of his plays

People in Grimstad understood the importance of taking care of the place where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked a few, but important years. The pharmacy and several rooms are as they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2016
Grimstad, Norway
Add Photo Write a Review

9 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 6: English reviews
Grimstad, Norway
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

People in Grimstad understood the importance of taking care of the place where Henrik Ibsen lived and worked a few, but important years. The pharmacy and several rooms are as they were then, and many artifacts tell important details from Ibsens time in Grimstad.

Thank GeAnd080946
Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This is a little museum with an interesting guide. It gives you a sense of how Ibsen lived and what inspired his work. The town is small but lovely and both together give an insight into his plays.

Thank Caroline K
Seminyak, Indonesia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

The trip to Ibsenhuset was very interesting. The guide, Cedrik, made the trip highly interesting and we learned many new things about Ibsen:)

Thank fernie2014
Berkeley, California
Level Contributor
35 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014

It is a simple little part of Henrik Ibsen's life, but it is the foundation of the man. It is in this environment that he matured. It is not just the museum that is important, but the place. You are able to walk the same little streets and see how life was in another time. You are able to collect... More 

Thank sdkimbrough
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2012

As Ibsen lived and worked here for many years, and also is the place where he wrote "Catilina", his first novel, it's a fine place for a museum. The entrance costs 80 NOKs with guide included (if available). A guide shouldn't even be necessary, as plaques and posters are placed on every place possible, in both Norwegian and English (though... More 

3 Thank armandgunerio
Anita E, Guest Relations Manager at Ibsen-museet i Grimstad, responded to this review

Hi! Thank you so much for your positive review! We are glad that you enjoyed your stay at the museum. Welcome back to us. More 

South Coast
Level Contributor
29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

The whole thing is just terribly boring.... The guide is good tho, but it seems more like a bad excuse for a museum

1 Thank Eivor Mathilde R
Management response:

Hi! Thanks for your review. I'm sorry the museum didn't meet your expectations. We are constantly developing our interpretation and the exhibition in the museum, and are therefore interested in your opinion in what would have made the museum more exciting for you. Glad to hear that your found the guide good. It's a priority for us to have good... More 

Travellers who viewed Ibsen-museet i Grimstad also viewed


Been to Ibsen-museet i Grimstad? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Ibsen-museet i Grimstad staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?