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Bergen Maritime Museum

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Address: Haakon Sheteligs Plass 15, Bergen 5007, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 55 54 96 00
11:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Bergen Maritime Museum (Bergens Sjofartsmuseum) was founded in 1921 and...

The Bergen Maritime Museum (Bergens Sjofartsmuseum) was founded in 1921 and moved into award-winning museum in 1962. The museum building is situated 100 metres from the red church (Johanneskirken) up the steps from Torgallmenningen at Nygardshoyden (nearest bus stop: Mohlenpris) and among the University campus. The museum presents the history of shipping, its development and importance to Bergen and Norway from prehistoric times to the present day. Our exhibitions offer a vast collection of ship models - including viking ships - paintings, marine archeological findings and various items related to seamanship and life on board, providing a good insight into Norway's rich maritime heritage. Coffee, tea, snacks, cold drinks and ice cream. Limited museum shop. FREE WIFI. Research library. Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 17 May, Whit Sunday, Christmas eve, Christmas day and New Year's Eve. The research library is also closed weekends. Welcome! NEW FROM 2016: guided tours of the museum between 20 June and 18 AUgust, weekdays 1pm (English).

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This museum is not huge and can be visited easily in 1-2 hours. It is a bit off the beaten track and we found it after a long walk, but the way back to the city center was more... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having worked for the Baltic Shipping Exchange in London & my husband with the Chamber of Shipping we couldn't leave Bergen without visiting the Maritime Museum and we weren't disappointed. Free admission with our 72 hours Bergen Card meant it was an excellent place to spend a wet Sunday morning.

Thank Karen B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great way to spend a rainy few hours. It's only small, 2 floors, but very interesting and the displays are very well done. Could have had a bit more in English as we couldn't figure out some things, but very worth it even if your not into ships we had a ball

Thank handbagtraveller
Alimos, Greece
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a really interesting museum about the marital history of Bergen. Nice place and nearby the city center.

Thank myrtoudi
Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This museum is not huge and can be visited easily in 1-2 hours. It is a bit off the beaten track and we found it after a long walk, but the way back to the city center was more direct when we knew how to do it. Lots to see, from ancient boats to modern oil rig models.

Thank Lipadad
Hamburg, Germany
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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I have been to this nice museum on a rainy day in Bergen and had a pretty good time. It was very quite and the student ticket is pretty cheap with 40NOK. Adult prices account for 80NOK and we had a nice afternoon. The museum has two levels and has a lot of models on display.

1 Thank superlumidee
Per Kristian S, Museum Director at Bergen Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you very much for your kind review. I am glad you appreciated the student discount en enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again at the Bergen Maritime Museum. Best regards, Per Sebak More 

Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

The museum is a mixture of Viking artefacts and modern models which tell the story of Bergen's maritime history. some of the highlights were a real Viking anchor, a rare Viking long boat, the Kvalsund ship dating from 690 and models of the Osberg C 820 AD and Gokstad C 900 AD, both of which arein Oslo's Viking Ship Museum.... More 

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Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

This museum is worth visiting if you are really keen on maritime history in general, and more specifically on Viking-/ northern side of it. The place provides a good enough overall experience, however I found the whole offering a bit average, as the number of exhibits is by no means generous.

Thank Lumi M
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Reviewed 13 November 2016

This place is definitely worth visiting, the model ships are great and the walk on one really cool. There's loads of interesting information to go with the objects in the museum.

Thank Mr Joshua T
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Kinda kook place with a great view. A little bit far to walk from the city centre of the fish market. Only real modern building museum to visit.

1 Thank Theresachiew
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The display is relatively small, but good quality and is provided with English translations in just over 50% of the storyboards. There is no audio tour option and the vast majority of the displays are 1:6 models. It appears that the actual target audience of the museum is Norwegian school students. It does add some interest for committed marine people,... More 

1 Thank Graeme B

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