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Bergen Maritime Museum

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Address: Haakon Sheteligs Plass 15, Bergen 5007, Norway
Phone Number:
+47 55 54 96 00
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11:00 - 15:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Bergen Maritime Museum (Bergens Sjofartsmuseum) was founded in 1921 and...

The Bergen Maritime Museum (Bergens Sjofartsmuseum) was founded in 1921 and moved into award-winning museum in 1962. The museum building is situated 100 metres from the red church (Johanneskirken) up the steps from Torgallmenningen at Nygardshoyden (nearest bus stop: Mohlenpris) and among the University campus. The museum presents the history of shipping, its development and importance to Bergen and Norway from prehistoric times to the present day. Our exhibitions offer a vast collection of ship models - including viking ships - paintings, marine archeological findings and various items related to seamanship and life on board, providing a good insight into Norway's rich maritime heritage. Coffee, tea, snacks, cold drinks and ice cream. Limited museum shop. FREE WIFI. Research library. Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 17 May, Whit Sunday, Christmas eve, Christmas day and New Year's Eve. The research library is also closed weekends. Welcome! NEW FROM 2016: guided tours of the museum between 20 June and 18 AUgust, weekdays 1pm (English).

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The use of models made this small museum very effective

The museum is a mixture of Viking artefacts and modern models which tell the story of Bergen's maritime history. some of the highlights were a real Viking anchor, a rare Viking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The museum is a mixture of Viking artefacts and modern models which tell the story of Bergen's maritime history. some of the highlights were a real Viking anchor, a rare Viking long boat, the Kvalsund ship dating from 690 and models of the Osberg C 820 AD and Gokstad C 900 AD, both of which arein Oslo's Viking Ship Museum.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is worth visiting if you are really keen on maritime history in general, and more specifically on Viking-/ northern side of it. The place provides a good enough overall experience, however I found the whole offering a bit average, as the number of exhibits is by no means generous.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

This place is definitely worth visiting, the model ships are great and the walk on one really cool. There's loads of interesting information to go with the objects in the museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Kinda kook place with a great view. A little bit far to walk from the city centre of the fish market. Only real modern building museum to visit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

The display is relatively small, but good quality and is provided with English translations in just over 50% of the storyboards. There is no audio tour option and the vast majority of the displays are 1:6 models. It appears that the actual target audience of the museum is Norwegian school students. It does add some interest for committed marine people,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a two level museum and we saw a very good video on a reenactment of a Viking ship traveling from Bergen to Greenland.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Interesting history of Bergen's merchant fleets over time, going from Viking days to present, including the oil industry. Lots of scale models of merchant ships over the ages. Some ship's interiors displayed. Engine rooms delineated. Lots of memorabilia. Some models of harbors, oil rigs on display as well.

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Per Kristian S, Museum Director at Bergen Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Bergen Maritime Museum and hope to see you again. Best regards, Per Sebak Museum Director More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

Very interesting museum on the history of seafaring and sailors. Lots of model ships and boats and an historical overview from the Hanseatic era to the present. Very interesting section on the training of seamen and on the Battle of the Atlantic during the World War II.

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Per Kristian S, Museum Director at Bergen Maritime Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and that you found it very interesting. We hope to see you again. Best regards, Per Sebak More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Liked all the model ships - from viking to modern. Nice collection of maritime art. Dont know why Rick Steves did not include this.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

very interesting exponates, not as large as Karlskrona museum, but worth seeing. Walk distance from centrum

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