Stiftsgården

Stiftsgården is the King’s official residence in Trondheim. It is centrally situated on the city’s most important thoroughfare, Munkegaten, north of the main square. The palace was built in the 18th century and is one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia.

  • The facade of Stiftsgårdens Photo: NKIM (Foto/Photo)
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    The facade of Stiftsgårdens Photo: NKIM (Bilde 1 av 5)
  • Stiftsgården Park Photo: NKIM (Foto/Photo)
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    Stiftsgården Park Photo: NKIM (Bilde 2 av 5)
  • The Dining Room Photo: Jette C. Petersen (Foto/Photo)
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    The Dining Room Photo: Jette C. Petersen (Bilde 3 av 5)
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    The Throne Room Photo: Jette C. Petersen Foto: Jette C. Petersen / Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum (Bilde 4 av 5)
  • Photo: Wil Lee-Wright (Foto/Photo)
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    Photo: Wil Lee-Wright (Bilde 5 av 5)

SUMMERSEASON 2022

1ST OF JUNE - 14TH OF AUGUST

Welcome to Stiftsgården! 

Stiftsgården is open to visitors only during the summer season. To visit The Royal Residence and experience the majestic rooms, one must attend a guided tour. The entrance ticket includes a 45 minute tour. The tours are conducted in both Norwegian and English every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (sundays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Tickets can be purchased by the entrance at Stiftsgården or online.

For tours in German or French, please send an e-mail to: nkim.omvisningsleder@mist.no . 

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH EVERY DAY

  • MONDAYS - SATURDAYS:

    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

  • SUNDAYS:

    12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

TICKETS

You can only visit The Royal Residence by attending a guided tour. The entrance ticket includes a 45 minute guided tour.

Entrance Fee:

  • Adult: 120 NOK
  • Senior: 100 NOK
  • Students and children 6-18 years: 70 NOK
  • Members of icom/icomos and children 0-5 years: 0 NOK

Plan your visit and book your tickets online here. As of now, this is only possible with a norwegian number. If you have a foreign number, please call (+47) 94 78 52 90 (in the opening hours of Stiftsgården) or send an email to book in advance.
NKIM_MIST2021_photo_Wil_Lee-Wright__LW_2019_medium.jpg (Foto/Photo)

USEFUL INFORMATION WHEN VISITING STIFTSGÅRDEN

  • Tickets can be bought online or by the entrance. Please note:if you buy tickets online, please make sure you are on time! The doors will close and be locked when the guided tour starts.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Photography or video recordings are not permitted inside The Royal Residence.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off or put on flight mode during the guided tour.
  • Large bags, backpacks, umbrellas, food and beverages must be left in lockers. These are free of charge.
  • Accessibility: the tour will be held on two floors. Wheelchairs and baby carriages can only be used on the ground floor. There is no elevator situated in the public area. Visitors can use folded chairs available on site.
  • Toilet facilities and lockers are situated in the cloakroom.
  • There is a small museum shop by the entrance where you can buy tickets, postcards, posters and books.
  • As Stiftsgården is a royal residence, opening hours may be subject to change at short notice.

The history of The Royal Residence

Stiftsgården is the official Royal Residence in Trondheim, where the Royal Family lives if they are visiting the city or the region of Trøndelag. The building is a magnificent example of 18th architecture. It was built between 1774 and 1778 for Lady Cecilie Christine Schøller (1720-1786), an ambitious widow of chamberlain Stie Tønsberg Schøller.  Lady Schøller was a representative of the cultural and commercial growth that Trondheim experienced in the late 18th century, and an example of the city’s prominent and enlightened social elite. 

Unfortunately both the architect and the artists who made the interior decorations are unknown. The palace is built in Baroque classicistic style, but has elements of Rococo and Neo-classicism. It has over 100 rooms which constitutes 4000m² (43000 ft²) and is probably the largest wooden palace in Northern Europe.

Lady Schølleroften travelled abroad and never used the palace much herself. After she died in 1786 her family owned the palace until the year 1800, when they sold it to the state due to financial problems. It was then used by the County Governor of the region, and as a Royal residence when the Royal family visited Trondheim. Durring the 19th century the building also housed several other public institutions. From 1906 the palace became the official The Royal Residence in Trondheim, and has ever since been exclusively used by the Royal family. 

The palace has been the setting for the main festivities during the following coronations and benedictions:

  • King Carl 14th Johan (Bernadotte) 1818
  • King Carl 15th and Queen Louise 1860
  • King Oscar 2nd and Queen Sophie 1873
  • King Haakon 7th and Queen Maud 1906
  • King Olav 5th 1958 
  • King Harald 5th and Queen Sonja 1991

Stiftsgården has also been the setting for many other royal visits and events. In recent times King Harald 5th and Queen Sonja's 60th birthdays in 1997, Princess Märtha Louise's wedding in 2002, the state visit from the Emperor and Empress of Japan in 2006, the celebration of the 25th jubilee of King Harald 5th and queen Sonja in 2016, and the crownprince couple's official lunch for international scientists and scholars durring the Starmus festival in 2017.