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Norwegian Canning Museum

Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
+47 407 28 470
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I've seen the museum a few times while walking around Stavanger and finally decided today was the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Linda M
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Surprisingly, this museum is a must see!

I never thought the social and economic history of sardines would be so fascinating - No, really... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robin H
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Durham, United Kingdom
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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.
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  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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+47 407 28 470
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've seen the museum a few times while walking around Stavanger and finally decided today was the day to visit. It's only small but people are on hand to explain things to you. There are also things you can do for yourself like trying to...More

Thank Linda M
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Linda M, You sound like a museums' person (take it as a compliment - after all, I am one too!) We also do complete guided tours on request - sorry if you were not asked, especially as it must have been in season if...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I never thought the social and economic history of sardines would be so fascinating - No, really! Tucked away in the centre of Stavanger old town (picturesque but frequently crowded with tourists), this small museum adapted from one of Stavangers 80 odd sardine smoking and...More

Thank Robin H
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Robin H, Thank you for being so nice about us - I have been the Curator for upwards of 18 years and the history of the industry never (so far) ceases to fascinate me, whether it is the social transformation, union activity, advertising and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best part about this museum is that your admission is good at other museums. We toured a number of small local museums while in Norway and found this one so be one we wished we had skipped. Maybe because neither of us were big...More

Thank jmk_girl
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear jmk_girl, We sincerely apologise to you and your companion(s) for your lacklustre experience of the Canning Museum, at the same time as we thank you for softening the blow (as it were) by mentioning your appreciation of our waffle café. I am assuming that...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is perfectly situated in the heard of the old town and well worth a visit. We all enjoyed the tour by the knowledgeable and friendly guide. It gave a real flavour of the industry on which the town was founded.More

Thank JoanneGMC
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Joanne GMC, Well, not quite your run of the mill museum, one would have to agree, being one of perhaps 6 canning museums in the world! Thank you for taking the time to write (and so positively) a review for us on Trip Advisor....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is well worth visiting. Situated in the "Old Stavanger" giving an interesting history of the past and once an important industry in Stavanger. There also a small cafe with coffee and "Waffles". Sardines were exported in large quantities up to about 1960.More

Thank Magnar J
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Magnar J, Thank you very much for giving us a five-star review! It's a great start for a crisp Monday morning. We at the museum like to think that the canning industry had more significance for Stavanger than the oil industry, in that it...More

Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Now this might not sound like the most thrilling place to visit, but I absolutely loved it! The canning museum is in the old part of Stavanger, close to the harbour, and is housed in some gorgeous old factory buildings. There is a ton of...More

1  Thank JaquelineLF
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear JaquelineLF, My apologies for taking so long to reply to your heart-warming review/comments. Thank you so much! Yes, we love it too - can be a bit cold in the winter months, but we wrap up and keep moving. In the old days the...More

Reviewed 29 August 2017

This museum showcases the fascinating history of the Norwegian sardine canning industry with well signed exhibits, machinery and old photographs depicting how the machinery was used. This is very much a 'must see' museum and all credit to the people who run it. It is...More

Thank Rob W
Reviewed 28 August 2017

We found this museum fascinating. It shows how the fish (sardine) were canned and has all the manufacturing equipment in the museum to demonstrate. We had a excellent guide who walked us through the complete process. Upstairs there are some excellent photographs and video of...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

We hardly ever visit museums when we travel with kids, but this museum is just great for adults and kids alike. From watching an old movie about the history of canning industry to browsing the albums with thousands of can labels, to tasting the fish...More

Thank Jurga-FullSuitcase
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear Jurga-FullSuitcase, Hallo again! Yes, we remember you and the family well! Thank you for telling us of your positive experience. Browsing the albums is as a rule only under supervision of the Curator, but one can always ask. Tasting is also only on Tuesdays...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

Tiny museum explaining the canning industry in Norway. When entering I thought, this is going to be boring. I could not have been more wrong. Amazing tour, extremely knowledgeable guide who knew everything and had loads of great anecdotes. Got some drinks and smoked fish....More

Thank benedikt84
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2017

Dear Benedikt84, I'm glad you entered, despite your initial thoughts of being bored! Thank you for overcoming your doubts/(fears?!). I will pass on your comments to our guides. Thank you for your feedback to him/her. See you when you come back with the family -...More

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