Ole Bull villa closing for two years

Ole Bull

Photo: Svein Hammerstad / NTB scanpix Lysøen, the home of virtuoso violinist and composer Ole Bull.

Composer home outside of Bergen to undergo major renovations


The home of composer Ole Bull on Lysøen, an island outside of  Bergen, will be restored, and parts of the island on which the house is located will be closed for the next two years.

In June 2020, it became known that Bull’s summer villa on Lysøen was in need of  major repairs. The KODE museum organization, which has  responsibility for opertaions on the island, has now decided to close the villa for two years. During this time, other parts of the island will remain open.

“We will offer things in the outdoors. The island will be  kept open, but it is not possible to refurbish the villa with people there,” said Petter Snare, director of KODE.

At least NOK 40 million are needed to restore the villa. A goal has been set to start work during the second quarter of this year.

This article originally appeared in the March 26, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American.

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