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Norwegian Canning Museum

Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
+47 407 28 470
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Best museum in Stavanger

We hardly ever visit museums when we travel with kids, but this museum is just great for adults and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Jurga-FullSuitcase
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Antwerp, Belgium
via mobile
that was just... interesting (in a good way)

Tiny museum explaining the canning industry in Norway. When entering I thought, this is going to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
benedikt84
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Lillestrom, Norway
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The Canning Museum is located in the premises of the former canning factory in Øvre Strandgate 88, which is a part of the city known as 'Gamle Stavanger' (Old Stavanger). In this authentic factory environment, the production of canned brisling and fish balls can still be seen. From the 1890s to approximately 1960, the canning industry was Stavanger's most significant trade. The exhibition provides insight into the environment and the working conditions of the canning factories. The complete process, from the arrival of the fresh fish until the cans leave the factory, can be seen in detail. The machinery is still in good technical condition, and on every first Sunday of the month, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer season, the smoking ovens are lit. On these days visitors can taste freshly smoked brisling right from the oven. Free guided tours in English available. Explanatory leaflets available in a variety of other languages.
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“sardines” (74 reviews)
“canned fish” (3 reviews)
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Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We hardly ever visit museums when we travel with kids, but this museum is just great for adults and kids alike. From watching an old movie about the history of canning industry to browsing the albums with thousands of can labels, to tasting the fish...More

Thank Jurga-FullSuitcase
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Dear Jurga-FullSuitcase, Hallo again! Yes, we remember you and the family well! Thank you for telling us of your positive experience. Browsing the albums is as a rule only under supervision of the Curator, but one can always ask. Tasting is also only on Tuesdays...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Tiny museum explaining the canning industry in Norway. When entering I thought, this is going to be boring. I could not have been more wrong. Amazing tour, extremely knowledgeable guide who knew everything and had loads of great anecdotes. Got some drinks and smoked fish....More

Thank benedikt84
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Benedikt84, I'm glad you entered, despite your initial thoughts of being bored! Thank you for overcoming your doubts/(fears?!). I will pass on your comments to our guides. Thank you for your feedback to him/her. See you when you come back with the family -...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Small museum tucked away in the old part of Stavanger. It provides good insight into the canning industry that once flourished in Norway. And the harsh conditions under which people sometimes had to work. Provides information in English with exhibits and leaflets in a few...More

Thank TinekevB
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear TinekevB, Thank you for your review and comments about the Canning Museum. We try not to be too "tucked away", although I admit some people have had trouble finding us. The smell when we smoke fish should give us away! Currently we have information...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

To be honest I wasn't expecting much. But it's part of Stavanger history so why not. After a very friendly welcom I went to the first floor where an old movie shows all about the canning and the fish. Worth seeing before you explore the...More

Thank trdnl
Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a great time and I was happy to learn about the history of fishing and canning in Norway! Good place to go with family and a warm place to exit for a little while the Norway weather ;)

Thank Memrix
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only my father and I eat sardines. We landed in Stavanger for the day on a cruise. After wandering around we went to this Canning Museum. Well worth the trip. We caught a tour and learned so much. Even got to taste a smoked sardine...More

Thank summitkaren
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sardine-canning is not really my thing...but this museum was cracking. Really interesting, well-presented information, with a fascinating vintage film as an introduction. On-hand staff were really helpful. Don't miss it.More

1  Thank Colin1421
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Colin 1421, A very good start to my week, reading your review! Thank you. Hmmm, not many who would say that sardine canning is their thing - it wasn't mine either until I became Curator of the museum a good many years ago. But...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our two teenage boys here and we all loved it. We took a very engaging, educational tour in English. Just ask for it. We spent 1 hour, 15 minutes there.More

Thank ChristineExtraD
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear ChristineExtraD, Thank you so much for reviewing us so positively at the Canning Museum. Yes, we are fairly used to teenage boys, although usually Norwegian ones, but our guides all have very fluent English! Sounds like you had the full tour and all the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So interesting and well worth a visit! We visited the museum while in port. It is an easy walk from the pier and has very interesting exhibits!More

Thank Sarah A
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Sarah A, Thank you for giving us five pips and two enthusiastic exclamation marks in your review! I have been working at the museum for eighteen years and still find the exhibits interesting too. It's fun to guide visitors and share the passion with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is not a big museum, but you get all the necessary information about the topic. And the staff is very helpful. Thanks a lot!More

Thank RolRie
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks a lot to you too, RolRie - for giving us five pips. If you want any more information, just drop us an email and we'll do our best to answer any obscure (or other!) query you may have. I have passed on your comments...More

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