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Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen

Nyhavnsveien 4 | Sandviken, Bergen 5042, Norway
+47 479 79 576
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We hopped on the #3 bus and set off. The stop was easy to find and we found the museum easily... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Griswold, Connecticut
Go with a guide or when the actors are there?

There were no actors on the museum grounds when I visited. I did not have a guide too. Given that... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2017
Singapore, Singapore
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In the 19th century, Bergen was Europe's largest wooden city, and its busy, steep and densely built-up streets, squares and alleyways gave it a unique character. There are also few large towns and cities that have experienced as many major fires as Bergen has. The appearance of the city has changed on many occasions, sometimes amidst great drama at other times old houses have been replaced by new buildings and major redevelopments. But Bergen has also taken care of its historic past. Old Bergen is a reconstructed town with approx. 50 Wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find private homes from various periods, as well as a number of shops and workshops. Countless rooms and objects bring the city's history over the generations to life. A visit to old Bergen provides some answers as well as a breath of nostalgia. Actors make the stories come to life. How could life in Bergen have been 150 years ago? What did it look like? What did the people talk about? In beautiful surroundings you may meet both landlords and servants from times past. We have outdoor playground for children, and in the pound you will find ducks and goose. From mid June until mid August our a la carte restaurant Old Bergen Traceteursted is open daily (closed on Mondays). In the museum shop you will find traditional cinnamon buns, soft drinks, ice cream, coffee, candy, postcards, books and souvenirs. The museum is open every day from the middle of May until the end of August.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“role playing” (3 reviews)
“worth a visit” (9 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nyhavnsveien 4 | Sandviken, Bergen 5042, Norway
+47 479 79 576
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We hopped on the #3 bus and set off. The stop was easy to find and we found the museum easily also, unlike when we set off to find the Edvard Grieg Museum and the Stave Church. There were no other visitors while we were...More

Thank cjyap
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

There were no actors on the museum grounds when I visited. I did not have a guide too. Given that there are so many four and five stars reviews, these two factors must have played a part. Without them, the museum was a cluster of...More

1  Thank Vthc4
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We learned about this historical village from one of our tour books. it was a great experience, fascinating, and we especially liked how there were actors in the various buildings role-playing. The furnishings, tools and instruments were authentic and gave us a glimpse of life...More

Thank ChristineH155004
Reviewed 21 August 2017

We visited Gamle Bergen Museum during our holiday in Bergen and thought it was the most wonderful place. All the staff( actors) were brilliant, getting into their various roles as members of the household/shopkeeper/ etc. We loved looking inside the different buildings which had been...More

Thank marcward81
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Wery well reconstructed village with a lot of houses, shopts and laboratories of several ages. Live activities of "Actors" play the ordinary life of that time.

Thank MilanoFlavio
Reviewed 16 August 2017

The set up of this museum is excellent with 3 actors not only giving performances but also acting in the locations as we went along. It evokes the old days. It was fascinating. There is no need for a guided tour.

Thank john582015
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Good to walk around and see inside traditional buildings. Not busy when we went, interesting staff who act out local trades - we saw one on maids. A good taste of old Bergen

Thank Windyhair
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum today. It is situated just a short walk from bus stop. The museum is extremely well presented and really brings to life the past of Bergen. The actors in the buildings transport you back to the era they are depicting and...More

1  Thank JennyBedfordshire
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Gamle Bergen was one of the highlights of my visit to Bergen; it's a delightful site that gives one a really good sense of life in 19th c. Bergen. But it's not easy to get to: you have to catch a bus from the Brygge...More

1  Thank savvyworldtraveler
Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

For any fans of the Roald Dahl witches movie from the 1990s this is a must. We realised it was a filming location used after deciding it might be worth visiting. You can see the house where the witch lived and the one where Erica...More

1  Thank plivingstone84
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22 April 2016|
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Response from Mela_Lopez | Reviewed this property |
I took line 3 from Bryggen B bus stop There is an office where you can buy a card DagSkyss or KontantSkyss. to have full access to public transportation (if you're going to use much while you stay there ) You can check the... More
Juuli V
27 October 2015|
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Response from BymuseetiBergen | Property representative |
Hi Thank you for Your enquiry. I am sorry to inform you that Old Bergen Museum is open from the 15th of May until the 31st of August. There are actors in some of the house that makes history come alive, and you can also... More
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