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Eidsvollsbygningen at Eidsvollsparken
General information
Town or cityEidsvoll
Construction started1770
Owner1794-1823: Carsten Anker,
1823-1851: British creditors,
1851-present: The Norwegian Government

Eidsvollsbygningen (Literally: The Eidsvoll building) is a historic manor house located at Eidsvoll in Akershus, Norway. The building is where the Constitution of Norway was signed on 17 May 1814.[1] The estate is now owned by The State of Norway and is an official national monument, as well as a museum.


Eidsvollbygningen Winter 2014

The building was first constructed in 1770[2] with a total floor area of over 2000 square metres. Around 1800 Carsten Anker bought the building. He renovated the manor house and he and his family were living there when the Constitution was signed. Carsten Anker went bankrupt in 1822 and the ownership of the estate was transferred to various British creditors in 1823. A group of private citizens led by Henrik Wergeland organized a fundraiser that allowed them to buy the building with the pavilion and surrounding garden (Eidsvollsparken).[3] After the purchase was finalized in 1851, the group donated the property to the Norwegian State.


The manor has been renovated since Carsten Anker and his family lived there and now has become a museum.[4][5] In 1895, there was a major effort with repairs and maintenance for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the constitution (100 års-jubileet for Grunnloven). In 1964, plans were made for a new restoration for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Constitution (150-årsjubileet for Grunnloven). Both renovations had the objective of furnishing Eidsvollbygningen in the style of its appearance in 1814.[6]

A new renovation and restoration was started in 2011 by Statsbygg on behalf of the Ministry of Culture.[7] The aim of the renovation was to have the building laid out and redesigned to make it look as close as possible to what it looked like in 1814 to further immerse the audience in a more authentic experience. The project was completed for the 200th Jubilee of the Constitution (Grunnlovsjubileet) in 2014.[8][9][10][11]



  1. ^ Stephan Tschudi-Madsen: Eidsvollsbygningen (Store norske leksikon)
  2. ^ "Eidsvollsbygningen Building". Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  3. ^ Carsten Anker var forretningsmann og politiker, født i Halden i 1747 (Eidsvoll. 1814)
  4. ^ "Eidsvoll building as a museum". Eidsvoll1814.no. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  5. ^ Eidsvollsbygningen (Eidsvoll. 1814)
  6. ^ Eidsvollsbygningen fredet (Lovdata)
  7. ^ Eidsvollsbygningen tilbake til 1814 Archived 2013-04-11 at the Wayback Machine Statsbygg (In Norwegian). Retrieved 28 January 2013
  8. ^ "Eidsvollsbygningen Restoration". Eidsvoll 1814. Retrieved 5 May 2011.
  9. ^ Eidsvollsbygningen, Statsbygg[permanent dead link] Retrieved 28 January 2013
  10. ^ Grunnlovsjubileet 1814–2014 (Nasjonalbiblioteket )
  11. ^ Museum History (Eidsvoll. 1814)

Other sources[edit]

  • Risåsen, Geir Thomas (2005) Eidsvollsbygningen: Carsten Anker og Grunnlovens hus (Oslo: Damm forlag) ISBN 82-04-09489-2
  • Holme, Jørn (2014) De kom fra alle kanter - Eidsvollsmennene og deres hus (Oslo: Cappelen Damm) ISBN 978-82-02-44564-5

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Coordinates: 60°18′04″N 11°10′18″E / 60.30111°N 11.17167°E / 60.30111; 11.17167