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“Gem of a museum with helpful staff”

Stavanger Maritime Museum
Ranked #12 of 93 things to do in Stavanger
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Depicts the development of shipping, commerce and shipbuilding over the last 200 years. Sail loft, shipping company office, general store and merchant's apartment. Playshop for children. Stavanger Sjofartsmusem owns also Anna af Sand and Wyvern, both being used in the summer time.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Milton Keynes
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253 reviews
147 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Gem of a museum with helpful staff”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Within an appropriate merchant's quayside warehouse, this museum makes a good job of displaying Stavanger's maritime history and contemporary oil industry activities. Quality display centres on large and appropriate ship models with some other props and genuine relics, plus authentic room settings and simple, large visual images. The display lighting is first class and adds to the atmosphere in the old buildings. Most information is displayed in Norwegian and English.

There is a small modern cafe on the front (to attract custom of the quay?). Staff loaned me a guide book even though I offered to buy it first.

Visited August 2014
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Thank Stephen J
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Dorset
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent Museum”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We enjoyed the well- presented displays of the maritime past of Stavanger. There are lots of model ships and even a sail loft with all the old equipment.

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank GreenfingersDorset
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Pinckney, Michigan, United States
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143 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Lots to see here!”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

Multi story museum has a ton of exhibits and displays and is a must for anyone who has a love of the sea and boats. It traces the history of the ship building industry in this part of the world. Plan on spending a few hours to really see it all. A good value. $14 US gets you in here and the Canning Museum. That's a bargain for Norway.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Elisabeth G
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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very interesting”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

We visited the Maritime Museum in June 2014. It is very interesting and if you visited the Canning Museum your ticket from that museum will allow you entrance to this one. Be sure you ask to use the audio guide for which there is not extra charge. It is in depth and is really the only way you can truly understand all the parts of the museum. A complete visit will take longer than you might think so be sure to allow enough time to see it all. The museum is located right along the waterfront very close to the port where the cruise ships dock.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank SLPlady
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Centreville, Maryland, Usa
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46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“So much information”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

The museum is right on the wharf and consists of 3 old buildings that have been joined. Do get the (free) audio guide. It is VERY well done. I might quibble with how much information there is and you really can't scan thru it like you would a brochure.
The section on the early days of Stavanger and also on WWII were most interesting.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank profjt
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