Vitengarden is a combined museum and science centre, telling the rural history of the region of Jæren. Through interactive exhibitions, children and adults have hours of fun exploring together.
– I hear and forget, I see and I remember, I do and understand (Chinese proverb). And this is how our philosophy can be summarized. How long intestine has a human? Maybe you have heard it once but have forgotten the answer. But at Vitengarden you get to DO it. Pull out the intestine – see how long it is!
In the exhibition “Technology and landscape”, you explore how the landscape of Jæren have changed, and you get to test technology that has been useful for altering the landscape. Pull yourself using technology that has cleared rocks at Jæren since year 1800. Why was it so easy?
And are you as heavy as your father? Let the bydraulics decide!
The exhibition “But we need to eat…” opened in 2005. You can glance through the glas and look at a real beehive. Or join the factory and make your own plow. You can also discover what the cow looks like on the inside, and you can work as a farmer. Cut the gras, load it into the silo and feed it back to the cows.
Vitengarden consits of exhibition indoors and outdoors. There is a farm, Kvia 4H- and museumfarm next to the main building. The farm is from 1878, but the environment is from the 1850. Meet the animals that were common on a farm in Jæren in the period such as cows, hens, horses, geese, pigs and sheep. The children also enjoy to jump in the high at the farm. Throughout the year, themed activity days are held at Vitengarden. These days, the farm often offer the guests traditional food.
Vitengarden is approximately 4000m2, and the architecture shows a compromise between Jæren identity and building tradition with a modern form of expression. The building follows the lines of the landscape and is experiences as part of the landscape surrounding it.