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Bringeklede for kvinne. Fot: Åge Hojem, NTNU Vitenskapsmuseet.

Samiske bålplasse ved Aursjøen i Lesja kommune. Foto: KHM, UiO.

Who owns the story?

Who owns the story?

Last day of opening: Sunday 24th of May

The museum will exhibit unique Southern Sami objects that have never before been on display in Trøndelag. Recent archaeological discoveries and new research methods have shown that the Sami people were present in southern Norway much earlier than was previously believed.

Recent research methods using DNA analysis and 14C dating of archaeological discoveries continue to give us new, exciting knowledge about the past. The NTNU University Museum will present some of the freshest research results regarding Southern Sami settlements. Exerting control of meaningful cultural objects as well as their interpretation can be an important force in society.

In the summer of 2006, archaeologists made a sensational discovery at Aursjøen, a lake in the municipality of Lesja. The find consisted of four flagstone fireplaces, oriented in a row and equidistant from each other. These finds indicate that there has been a Sami settlement in the Dovrefjell area as early as the Viking Age. We have been allowed to borrow one of the fireplaces and present the research related to it.

Sami ceremonial drums played an important role in Sami culture. Unfortunately, many were seized by the Norwegian authorities and destroyed in the 1700s. We will present the exciting stories related to some of the drums that have been preserved. Different interpretations and analyses provide different versions of their history.

Welcome to the Sami anniversary exhibition in Suhmhuset at the NTNU University Museum, held in collaboration with Saemien Sijte, the Røros Museum and the Lesja division of Gudbrandsdalslågen Musca.

The exhibition has texts in Southern Sami, Norwegian and English.

Photo: Åge Hojem, NTNU University Museum. Photo of bonfire: Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo.

The exhibition was a part of the program for Tråante 2017, a celebration marking the 100 years that have passed since the Sami people’s first congress. This meeting was held in Trondheim on February 6-9, 1917.

Ticket prices

Ticket prices


  • Adults - NOK 100
  • Children (6-16), students, seniors - NOK 60
  • Children under 6 - Free
  • Family, group with children and adults, max. 5 people - NOK 300
  • Groups with 10 people or more, when tickets purchased together - NOK 90/50
  • School classes /preschools with teacher, student groups with teacher - Free
  • Individuals providing assistance to those with disabilities - Free
  • ICOM, Ecsite, Norwegian Museum Association members - Free