The Norwegian Fisheries Museum
Discover our hidden treasures at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum in Bergen! 18th century wharfside warehouses with log timber walls hide an exciting and dynamic museum, with high-tech exhibitions and activities for both children and adults.
Dive deep into the fascinating history of the Norwegian coast and its fisheries, which have shaped modern Norway. The museum, two warehouses joined by covered bridges, are built out into the sea on wooden foundations, and the original canals between them have been recreated. All of the warehouses in Sandviken were like this in the 19th century, when the area was referred to as the "Venice of the North".
Down into a world under water
One of the museum’s exhibitions recreates life under water in a spectacular way by combining the latest technology with fascinating objects. Projections with light and sound effects make you feel like you’re walking around on the sea bottom. Follow Silja the herring and her school and discover the amazing world of fishing, interactive games, secret rooms and outdoor activities.
Discover the ultimate catch
How did fishermen live in the past, and how do they live now? Learn about the events that have shaped Norway as a fishing nation – the incredible growth of the herring fisheries and cod fishing in Lofoten. Rebellions, conflicts and shipwrecks. The dried fish trade and the sardine industry. Last but not least: how fish farming has developed from its humble beginning in the 1970s into Norway’s second largest export industry. The children can play the fish farming game or create a new sea creature.
Through nooks, crannies and secret rooms
Simply walking through the museum is an experience. There are a multitude of rooms, galleries and staircases, with log timber walls and sloping floors. Several rooms contain temporary exhibitions based on the museum’s rich collections of fishing boat engines, display of old building techniques, herring processing and the stock fish trade. In the two original merchant’s offices you can see some of the best preserved warehouse wall paintings in Bergen, and learn more about the story behind them.
Head out for kayaks, rowing boats and other activities
The museum enjoys a beautiful waterside location, and offers different outdoor activities. Rent a rowing boat for the whole family or let the children paddle a kayak in the canals around the museum. You can try your fishing rod or go for a swim.
Come in for a taste of coastal delights
With so much to take in, you’ll be hungry for a short break. The von Tangen waterfront restaurant offers a nice mixture of traditional, local dishes and modern, international cuisine inspired by the sea. Cakes from our own pastry shop – a good selection of local drinks – light lunch dishes – tasty dinners. Whatever you choose off the menu, you can enjoy a unique atmosphere and one of Bergen’s best sea views.
Good to know
In the shop on the ground floor you will find inspiring toys and maritime-themed gifts for children and adults. The Norwegian Fisheries Museum is situated at Sandviksboder 23. 20 minutes’ walk from Bryggen. Buses nr: 3, 4, 5, 6, 36, 39 and 83. Free admittance for children!