Bryggens Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen

Bryggens Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen

Bryggens Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Main exhibit: Below Ground Bryggens Museum's main exhibit uses thousands of artifacts and modern historical and archaeological research to let you come closer to the everyday lives of the medieval people of Bergen and Western Norway. Runic inscriptions with gossip, poems and spells tells us about faith and love, while ceramics from Europe and the Middle-East shows an extensive and international trade network. The new exhibit also displays the unique Guddal-garment - a nearly thousand year old find, which is one of extremely few relatively intact pieces of Norwegian medieval clothing. Temporary exhibition: The city and the team . As the song goes: ‘Byen er Bergen og laget er Brann’ (The city is Bergen, and the team is Brann). But what is the story with Brann, and what are the people of Bergen really like? And what have they meant to one another? Meeting point for Bryggen Guiding.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Doug
    Arizona17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour brings the museum and sites to life
    We did the 90 minute English tour from the museum which includes admission here and the meeting hall museum too. Our guide, Erik, dressed in period dress gave an excellent tour. It was engaging, witty and in-depth. We also gained unique access to the wine storage vaults and meeting room under a local street. I would highly recommend the museum and tour for anyone looking to get additions context to the sites along the waterfront and the museums.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • Carolynnell
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational experience at the Bryggens Museum
    Our visit to the Bryggens Museum in early June 2023 was significantly enhanced by the tour given by the highly educated and well spoken museum tour guide. Having read a bit about the area and wandered a bit before we went to the museum, I was able to absorb the information more fully and enjoy the tour. Within the museum, our guide was able to focus our attention well on the high points. Her explanations gave us a lot more perspective regarding the various exhibits. Suddenly I am all interested in runes! The tour was about an hour and we walked all around the Bryggen area ending up back at the museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 July 2023
  • DLee13
    177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underrated Museum
    Really likes this small museum, which features fascinating relics from Ancient-Middle Age inhabitants of the Bryggan. My favorite exhibit included translations of Old Norse/Runic phrases recovered from the Viking era. We’ll worth a 45-minute visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • samjr_7
    95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the tour! Bergen history comes to life.
    This museum houses fascinating artefacts unearthed following yet another fire in Bergen. We had a look around and then had a runes tour with Dane, which was fantastic. The museum houses the largest collection of runes, all found in the area. It was fascinating to hear and see the messages documented declarations of love, faith, bragging and other every day communications by folks in medieval Bergen. We learned that medieval illiteracy is a myth. Dane showed us and explained the runes, then some of the other museum pieces that interested us. We loved this museum and recommend the runes tour!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Russ855
    Palm Springs, California469 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you see one museum in Bergen it should be this one
    I wish we had found this museum earlier in our stay. We saw it right before we were leaving and only had 90 minutes. While small, it has an excellent interpretation of the history and archaeology of old Bergen. It is presented in a clever way with the actual unearthed remnants of the city integrated in to the exhibits. It is very densely packed with objects and displays. Unfortunately, the necessary low light levels made the written interpretations difficult to read at times due to the dim pin-spot lighting and small typeface. The staff seemed excited to tell you about the museum. It has a lovely small gift shop as well.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Melanie N
    Alabama464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant concept!
    The Bryggen Museum is built over the remains of Bergen’s oldest buildings. I loved the concept of being emerged into an archeological site. You descend through time as you walk down each level. Once you reach the basement level, you are treated with artifacts from the Middle Ages. They also have a digital timeline map showing the fires that have burned Bergen over the centuries. Their cases hold marvelous relics but I would mention that a few of the descriptions were hard to follow or missing. The space could also use better lighting. Their gift shop is very nice and they offer locker storage. They are located next to St Mary’s Church in the historic Bryggen area. My family and I enjoyed our visit to this museum which was included with our Bergen Pass.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 August 2023
  • JammaGammer
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Put it at the top of your list
    Stunning building and wonderful staff walk you through the interesting exhibits. It helped me understand life of Vikings and ancient Norwegians so much deeper. And the best part was that we just happened onto the museum. A surprise all around for us. Please put it on your list of must sees.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Cj S
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow, this was a hidden gem!
    We originally were not planning on coming to the Bryggens Museum, but one of our guides on an unrelated tour recommended coming here, and we ended up having an amazing time! The museum consisted of hundreds of artifacts from Bryggen's past and some incredible interactive elements depicting the history of the city. This is a smaller museum so if you have a couple of hours to fill while in Bergen you should really consider checking it out!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Georgie W
    London, United Kingdom119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience in Bergen for all ages
    Great museum with some fab archaeological finds, and loads of interactive areas as well (the "smells" section for kids was quite funny!). The highlight was definitely the rune table where there is a huge collection of inscriptions which have been interpreted, some are hilarious and others just incredibly interesting. The other section I found really thoughtful was the explanation behind how we can see different ages through the layers of land that have been built over time, next to a section on what people might see from us should they excavate our history. Really well thought out exhibits.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Depont
    148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasant experience
    Excellent museum about the Middle-Ages period in Bergen. Technically not Vikings but right after them (starting from 12th century), but probably still similar in terms of ways of life, and common folks were sending runic tablets to each other. This museum has many interesting examples of these inscriptions. The lady at the reception was very friendly. The museum is relatively small, probably for about 1-1.5 hour.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
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Anon8815
Trenton, NJ767 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A small but enjoyable museum. It was fun to see the "rubbish" of medieval time and think about what things we find inconsequential that others will find fascinating about us.
Written 10 April 2024
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Poosan D
Leeds, UK23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our local guide book recommended the museum as a must. I can't say I agree, at £12.50 each it's not worth the money. There's a shop and cafe and then the exhibition is one floor. There's a few interesting exhibits, but honestly nothing amazing
Written 30 March 2024
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Banffcityboy
Banff, Canada76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This was a great museum! Very nicely designed and easy to learn about the archaeological finds from medieval times. There are rune sticks with poems, messages and personal belonging tags. Really interesting.
Written 22 February 2024
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LancashireFamily590
Lancashire, UK260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Excellent place to visit, open daily 11-3, especially on a Monday & Tuesday when other attractions in the city are closed. About 2 hours needed, all text in English & Norwegian. Very informative. Fascinating look into Norwegian Middle Ages. Free Lockers provided for coats & bags.
Written 20 February 2024
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Hannah G
Portsmouth, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Really fascinating insight to the archaeological excavations of the Bryggen UNESCO site, really well curated. Lots of different exhibits including the dig set up, the remnants of floors and houses insitu, a whole variety of artefacts that had been found on site from several different centuries, and interactive maps.
Written 12 February 2024
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MWeisensel
Cincinnati, OH191 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I think I saw a previous reviewer state that if you love archeology you will really like this .... And I think that's the best description. Very small but well done and can be completely viewed in an hour or so.
Written 21 December 2023
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AMJ
116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
An archeological museum featuring medieval artifacts of the area, including one of the largest collections of runic inscriptions in the world. Nice gift shop, friendly staff.
Written 18 December 2023
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Depont
Europe148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Excellent museum about the Middle-Ages period in Bergen. Technically not Vikings but right after them (starting from 12th century), but probably still similar in terms of ways of life, and common folks were sending runic tablets to each other. This museum has many interesting examples of these inscriptions. The lady at the reception was very friendly. The museum is relatively small, probably for about 1-1.5 hour.
Written 22 September 2023
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Georgie W
London, UK119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Great museum with some fab archaeological finds, and loads of interactive areas as well (the "smells" section for kids was quite funny!). The highlight was definitely the rune table where there is a huge collection of inscriptions which have been interpreted, some are hilarious and others just incredibly interesting. The other section I found really thoughtful was the explanation behind how we can see different ages through the layers of land that have been built over time, next to a section on what people might see from us should they excavate our history. Really well thought out exhibits.
Written 19 September 2023
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Cj S
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We originally were not planning on coming to the Bryggens Museum, but one of our guides on an unrelated tour recommended coming here, and we ended up having an amazing time! The museum consisted of hundreds of artifacts from Bryggen's past and some incredible interactive elements depicting the history of the city. This is a smaller museum so if you have a couple of hours to fill while in Bergen you should really consider checking it out!
Written 10 September 2023
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