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Norwegian Canning Museum

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Address: Oevre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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+47 407 28 470
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The Canning Museum is located in the premises of the former canning factory...

The Canning Museum is located in the premises of the former canning factory in ovre 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. Guided tours in English available.

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Small like Sardines but a lot inside

This is a shared ticket museum so if you visit it first you can go on to the Maritime Museum. Alternatively Maritime Museum first then Canning Musem. Lots to see and if you want... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
tom g
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a shared ticket museum so if you visit it first you can go on to the Maritime Museum. Alternatively Maritime Museum first then Canning Musem. Lots to see and if you want to you can try to pack a sardine tin (plastic sardines). This was a working place so at the rear you can still smell the sardines!... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear tom g, Thank you for braving cold and wind and rain to visit us - and giving us a positive review not least. Angus Watson was also the man behind the "Skippers" trademark, still going strong 110 years later! Hope you will be too - the secret is to eat sardines, or more especially, Norwegian sprats! Best wishes for... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Great, interactive little museum in the heart of Gamle Stavanger. Definitely worth a trip if visiting Stavanger!

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Faye W, Thank you for beating a path to our door, and then encouraging others to do the same! Sorry I wasn't at the museum to greet you when you came - my loss! You would not be the first to be surprised at the (usually) hidden depths of canning history. It's been my passion since taking over as... More 

Gold Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

What a fabulous and interesting insight to the old way of fishing .I love Sardines and Herrings even more !

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear JulieK, Sorry I was not present to meet and greet you. Thank you for visiting us in cold, dank November! Glad to know that you had a good time and that your appreciation of the noble sardine (sprat) and herring has been enhanced. Have a great weekend! Best regards, Piers Crocker Curator More 

Stavanger, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I took my parents to the canning museum and we loved it! Its very small and cute, but has a lot of fun history. Its right in the old city. The gift shop is also great, you can buy flavors of sardines and mackerel that you don't find in the grocery store as well as all sorts of fun souvenirs.... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Lalalani, How very kind of you to take the trouble to submit a review of the Canning Museum to Trip Advisor. We much appreciate your encouraging comments! Have a great day/weekend! Best regards, Piers Crocker. Curator. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The museum is quite small and you need to read out the information of a paper you are provided with. But what is pretty awesome is the fish you get to taste! I got to try three different flavours so that was really good. Also, on the top level you can see a really old movie that is quite nice.... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Sarah O, Thank you for taking time to visit us, and review us too - and 4 dots. A good start to the day (and the weekend too, since I write this on Friday). I've been eating the fish for years - 18 years in fact, and I still enjoy them. (We do mail order by the way, if... More 

Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

While walking around Stavanger we came to the Canning Museum so popped in for a look to learn a little more about the humble sardine which by the way I eat quite a few . Found it all very interesting, no canning done here now . Apparently all the cans were filled by woman and the best could fill a... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Hi roy v, Thank you for popping in. It sounds as though you might be a life member of the Society for the Appreciation of the Lowly Tinned Sardine (http://www.sardinesociety.com/) if you don't already know it. (No connection, apart from interest). No, alas, demise of canning in Stavanger in 1982, but I doubt whether many visitors would have appreciated the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The funny thing is that we decided to visit the museum but were thinking "canning = fruit", LOL! In this case, "canning = fish"! It was a very interesting little museum, and my husband really enjoyed wandering around and seeing all the old machinery and etc.. Glad we visited, probably wouldn't visit again.

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear mgm530, "Mgm" sounds Transatlantic (from a Norwegian perspective - films and that...), and "canning = fruit" sounds like California (which is also "canning = fish"). I may be completely wrong. It wouldn't be the first time... Anyway, thank you for visiting us, and saying nice things about us. Did you have a guided tour (no extra charge)? Sorry we... More 

High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

"The Canning Museum," I was told, "is a gem." And so it is. The only thing I knew about sardines before yesterday morning was that I didn't like them very much. I now consider myself a minor expert on sardine salting, threading, smoking, decapitation, cleaning and canning. And also that they should, more correctly, be called sprats - following the... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Gail, Thank you so much for your kind and friendly comments. It was a delight to meet you. Such conversations are one of the (many) bonuses of working at the museum - a dream job for me, as mentioned. The High Wycombe and South African connections were also rather special! Have a great life - you deserve it -... More 

Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Douglas Adams quote aside, when my 13 year old son suggested a trip to a "Canning" museum I didn't know what to expect. I imagined shelves and shelves of printed tins, each with its own description and a lot of photos. As usual my son's decision turned up trumps. Obviously you can't ignore the fact that like many places in... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Paul_Mark_Thomas, Thank you for giving us your feedback - not least that it was a positive experience, indeed "educational" (we have a local population of schoolchildren who need to know about their past too!). Well done (and thank you to) your son for suggesting us - hope he got as much out of it as you did! Sorry about... More 

Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is not only a Museum but also a time-frozen factory. All equipment is still there. It feels that the workers are on a short break and will return soon. We loved it. The entrance price includes free entrance to a bunch of other museums in Stavanger too. We visited the Maritime Museum afterwards. Dont forget to buy some tins... More 

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this review

Dear Eilandgast, Not quite time frozen - sorry I was away when you visited (even Museum curators have to have holidays - or short breaks to... visit museums). Some of the machines are still able to be run, and we smoke sprats in one of the old ovens on Tuesdays and Thursdays... until mid-September. Glad you loved it - that's... More 

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