Norwegian Canning Museum, Stavanger

(4.2/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Walk through the 12-step production process of canning sardines and fish balls at Norwegian Canning Museum. This trade was the leading source of income for locals between 1890 and 1960. One of the seven departments of the Stavanger Museum, this charming attraction was established in 1975. The machinery and tools are consistent with those that would have been used in the 1920s, and are still in working order. Upstairs you'll find a collection of can label designs. As exhibits are not labeled, be sure to grab a brochure at the entrance or take a guided tour. Stop by the gift shop on the way out for some canned sardines for the road. Our Stavanger trip builder makes visiting Norwegian Canning Museum and other Stavanger attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Museum Canning is a small but very interesting museum about the history of fishing and of the sardine. Worth the visit.
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  • The Museum shows very clearly how European sprat is being prepared and will be added in the box. Then canning. Also smoking. During the summer the plant starts and it is demonstrated how this was done, two days a week. Good exhibits that are self explanatory. A see also how fish bowls were made.
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  • A canned food museum may not sound so exciting after all we talk about tin cans of different sizes with different content. It was not so easy to find rather then not only I was able to go right past it without seeing it. So a little selection from the sidelines can be out of place for quite a few come up the same steps and the street I came up and then is the page of the factory on one's right side. But enough about that. The visit started with a nice man took me for boat travellers and wanted me to welcome in English. Well in I was asked if I wanted a tour not to mention how good the time I had. Here, it was clearly a person with a passion for his work one had encountered. I was then only visitors so you can call it an exclusive guided tour. I learned more about canned food at the time I was there than what I've learned about canned food in my entire over fifty years of life so far. I don't know if you have audio guides at the Museum but if they don't have it should guide which showed me around very clear record such in both Norwegian and English so everyone can experience this historic factory. For it is true that much of the experience is in how things are presented. Rarely have I experienced so good presentation. But even without a guide is this historic mark visiting. It is a story about a country that managed to not only produce the raw materials but magnify them also and not least export them to almost every nook and cranny of this planet. It's almost strange that today we only manage to haul the fish out of the sea and then send it around the world to refine it or put it in cans. So are one in Stavanger and it just is a museum to watch then this is sites.
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  • A nice and historical important museum with loads of things to see inside. Things could have been a bit more explained.
  • I think this is the most original museum in Stavanger and I think that it worth a visit. It is centrally located, in the Old Stavanger, near the main port. It tells the story of the norwegian canning manufacturing, which was the main industry in Stavanger, before of the oil discovery in the North Sea. It is part of the "Museum Stavanger" network, which means that a ticket bought at any of those museums, gives you free access to the other museums if you visit them in the same day. The price is 90 NOK (10 EUR) which is very convenient if you visit a few different museums. Furthermore, with the same ticket you can get a 50% discount at the Norwegian Petroleum Museum.
  • A hidden gem for Stavanger visitors. Fascinating story of the local canning industry, along with functional equipment.
  • Interesting for all the family
  • Worthwhile attraction when in Stavanger, allow about 1 hour.