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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 13 August 2014

dont waste your time for the canning museum
you will see and learn almost nothing
You may purchase some sardin cans there

Thank oferta10
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

It was so interesting to see the skill that was required back in the days when they started and the developments that have taken place since.

Thank Jeff H
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Reviewed 1 August 2014

What an atmospheric museum! It is housed in the actual canning factory and all the old equipment is here. Each stage in the process is explained. The staff are enthusiastic and welcoming.
If you are lucky, your ticket might also let you in to the Maritime Museum down the road.

Thank GreenfingersDorset
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

This is a very hands on museum, you get to practice doing the jobs people did 100 years ago. There's a handout that goes over different parts of the facility, but just after we got into the museum we were joined by a guide. He was fantastic and gave us all kinds of info that wasn't on the sheet, he answered all my questions about everything and even turned on the machines to show how they worked and how loud it was in there at the time. Pretty amazing to see the belt system run ALL the machines at one time! We also practiced threading the sardines on poles for smoking and packing the tin cans. It would not have the been the same if we didn't have a guide, I'd ask the guy at the front about that if you don't see one in the museum.

They still sometimes use the factory for demonstrations, so the smokers still smelled smokey, and our guide told us how his attempt to smoke sardines a few weeks earlier didn't go as well as he'd hoped. Upstairs has a short video of workers and boats, and lots of labels! I liked seeing how many amazingly different all the labels were.

It's fun for kids since there's hands sardine threading and packing, and they have a hand out with questions and activities for kids to complete throughout the factory. At the end they can turn in the sheet and get a prize.

Don't miss the workers house in the back, there's also a cafe there if you need a coffee or a cold drink. They sell the little rubber sardines as keychains at the front, after spending so much time with those little guys I had to take one home!

1  Thank Jillyb003
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Very nice exhibits that lead you through the history of the canning industry in this part of Norway. Some interactive exhibits would make it fun for children. Liked the "stuffing sardines in the can" one. Fun! More than one floor but a lift is available. Good value for Scandanavia.

1  Thank Elisabeth G
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