Ole Bull’s Villa and Lysoen Island

Norway Bergen - Lysoen Island and Ole Bull Villa
Norway Bergen - Lysoen Island and Ole Bull Villa

The beautiful and extraordinary villa on Lysoen (the Island of Light) was built as a summer residence for the Norwegian violin-virtuoso Ole Bull in 1873. Ole Bull’s charismatic personality and musical excellence had a great influence on contemporary artists.

He spent his summers relaxing on the isle of Lysoen, and often invited fellow artists and musicians. Ole Bull also transformed his 175 acre island property into a fairy-tale kingdom by having romantic paths (approx. 13 km.), ponds and gazebos made by planting exotic trees and bushes in the native pine forest. Ole Bull died on his island in 1880.

In 1973 his granddaughter Mrs. Sylvea Bull Curtis of Conneticut donated the villa and all it’s contents to the Society for the Preservation of Norwegian Ancient Monuments. Secluded swimming and picnic spots. Café for light refreshments.

The ferryboat Ole Bull leaves Buena quay, Lysekloster on the hour during the museum’s opening hours. Groups must pre-book during or outside schedule/season on tel. +4756309077. Crossing takes about 7 minutes.

It is highly recommended to join the guided tour at the museum as you’ll get more insightful information on Ole Bull and the history of the house.

Bergen International Festival concerts at Lysoen

Concerts in the villa’s music hall during the Bergen International Festival and during the summer. Tickets: Post offices or «Billett Service AS», tel: +47 815 33 133. Ask for separate programme. For private recitals, contact the museum.

Text written by the Ole Bull Museum

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Norwegian name: Lysøen og Ole Bull´s villa.
Location: Approx. 50 minutes by car from the center of Bergen
Address: Isle Lysoen in Os Municipal
Telephone: +47 56 30 90 77.