Primary and secondary school

Planning school visit? Please contact Therese Hagen on telephone +47 45002644 or e-mail: therese [at] gbm.no.

The Maritime Museum

School visits to the Maritime Museum are free of charge for all children in primary and secondary education.

Year 1-5

The Maritime Museum tells the story of when ships were built in wood and powered by sails and wind as they braved the seven seas. Building of sailing ships in the shipyard and the everyday life of the crew are in focus. Pupils will learn a shanty song, are given their own unique captain's name and get to be "captain for a day" and are photographed in the captain's chair at the museum.

Duration: 1 - 1,5 hours depending on number of pupils.

Year 6-10

The visit starts with a walk at Biodden with focus on Grimstad as a maritime town. Pupils are told the story of the battle of Grimstad harbour, and will learn about street names, ballast plants and 1800s architecture. At the end is a visit to the Maritime Museum in Hasseldalen. Building of sailing ships in the shipyard and the everyday life of the crew are in focus.

Duration: 1,5 - 2 hours depending on number of pupils.

The Ibsen Museum

School visits to the Ibsen Museum are free of charge for all children in primary and secondary education.

Year 1-10

Henrik Ibsen spent six important years of his youth in Grimstad, working as an apothecary's apprentice at Grimstad Apotek.  When he left, he was a playwright and had written Catilina. The Ibsen Museum focuses on the period prior his success and world fame. A school visit to the Ibsen Museum provides pupils with an insight into what may have inspired Henrik Ibsen to write during his stay in this small town. They will also learn what Grimstad was like in Ibsen's time, with focus on the class society, infrastructure and industries.
A visit to the original pharmacy where Ibsen worked is included, and pupils have the opportunity to smell and taste various herbs used in the production of medication in the 1840s.
The program is adapted to suit the various age groups.

Duration: 45 minutes

The Norwegian Museum of Horticulture

School visits to the Norwegian Museum of Horticulture are free of charge for all children in primary and secondary education.

Year 1-10

A visit to the Norwegian Museum of Horticulture provides an insight into exciting topics relating to the history of horticulture. After an introduction to the museum and the Dømmesmoen area, pupils have the opportunity to explore the museum's three exhibitions "A redcurrant and rhubarb story", "Bees and Flowers - the ecological interplay" and "In jar, glass, can and bottle" on their own.
The program is adapted to suit the various age groups.

Duration: 45 minutes

Year 5-10

From grain to flour

Grain has been an important as a staple food as well as an industry for centuries. In "From grain to flour", pupils learn about the history of grain. All types currently grown are on display - both the modern and the very old, such as spelt.

Using a table-top mill, pupils will get a demonstration of how grain is milled to flour and then sieved, and can see, feel and smell all the flour types available today. The characteristics of our various flour types and their use are in focus.

Duration: approx. 1 hour

Year 5-7

Edible flowers and greenery

Plants have always been used as food, but also for skin treatment, in medicine and poison and as clothing material. In times of hardship, people were incredibly inventive in their use of various plants as replacement for foodstuffs.

Pupils are shown pictures of plants to look for, and together with the museum guide they will collect edible varieties in the park at Dømmesmoen. The plants are then used to cook food.

Pupils will also visit Ibsen's herb garden; a collection of plants commonly used for medicine in Grimstad in the 1800s. The reference is Latin plant names marked on pots and drawers at the Ibsen Museum in Grimstad, where Henrik Ibsen was an apothecary's apprentice from 1847-1850.

Duration: 2 hours

Apples

The "Apple Hunt" is a program aimed at schools, and has been developed by the Norwegian Genetic Resource Centre.  It is available online, and schools are strongly recommended to try the program. We would welcome your feedback, and please use the museum as a resource. www.skogoglandskap.no/temaer/eplejakten

Hamsun

The walk along Hamsun’s Footpaths is free of charge for all children in primary and secondary education.

Year 8-10

Walk along Hamsun’s Footpaths

Knut Hamsun purchased the farm Nørholm outside Grimstad in 1918, and this was where he lived with his family until his death in 1952. In 1920, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for his novel Growth of the Soil. During the Second World War, it became known that Hamsun supported the occupation forces. After the war he was thus detained at the old hospital in Grimstad whilst awaiting trial.  The court in Grimstad imposed on him a fine so large that in effect he was ruined for ever. His last book On Overgrown Paths was published in 1949, and is about the period from his arrest to the Supreme Court ruling.

On this walk, pupils will explore Hamsun's Footpaths and his descriptions in the book On Overgrown Paths. Reading of Hamsun's portrayals in the book is a key aspect of the walk.
With the old hospital in Grimstad as starting point, we walk across Fløyheia to "Hamsun's" postbox in Storgaten.

The terrain is hilly, and is not suitable for the disabled. Sturdy footwear is recommended. The walk can be adapted to suit pupils with disabilities. We will then start by the old hospital in Grimstad, walk down Storgaten and stop by the library and "Hamsun's" postbox.

Duration: 1 - 1,5 hours