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“Hidden gem in Stavanger”

Norwegian Canning Museum
Ranked #5 of 101 things to do in Stavanger
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is one museum worth visiting on a trip to Stavanger. The guide gave an amazing history of the sardine industry over the decades. Lots of hands on exhibits. The building still has the fishy smell about it!! Well recommended.

Thank HEATHER W
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

All the guides I read say this is a must do ,but when you look at the title "a canning museum" you may be forgiven for thinking , No Thanks

Well trust me don't, this is a most fascinating little place tucked away in the old town of Stavanger and I would say the best part of our week in Norway !

A great tour given by a knowledgeable guide with lots of interesting facts and figures, really not to be missed.

2  Thank OxfordArnold
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

Stavanger is not a big town, and this is not a big museum. However, by covering such a specific topic, and with a helpful guide talking you through the whole canning process, you find yourself with a surprisingly deep insight into this industry.

When we went, the ticket price also included the entry into the nearly as interesting Maritime Musuem, giving us a really great view of the development and history of Stavanger.

Thank P-God G
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

To see how people in Stavanger lived and what they lived of in old times, fish and more fish. A very well organized museum excellent guide

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

Had an excellent guide who was very knowledgeable as well as very amusing about the history of canning sardines and all the machines. Also told stories of locals who worked in the plant. There was also a good video on all of this as well. Lots of old canning labels on view. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Ronald G
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