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Norwegian Canning Museum

Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
+47 407 28 470
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An interesting visit to this relatively small old canning factory

A very interesting insight into the workings of an original canning factory. A very enthusiastic... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ian M
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London, United Kingdom
Entertaining museum

I thought my partner was joking when she said she wanted to visit this museum but I’m glad she... read more

Reviewed 22 October 2017
fmck49
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Glasgow
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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%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“sardines” (80 reviews)
“canning museum” (40 reviews)
“old town” (17 reviews)
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Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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Reviewed 6 days ago

A very interesting insight into the workings of an original canning factory. A very enthusiastic guide gave an interesting overview of how the process would have worked. Although it states it is closed on Wednesdays they do sometimes open if a cruise ship is in,...More

Thank Ian M
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Dear Ian M, Usually closed on Mondays, during the winter season, but we are usually physically present at the museum, even if behind closed doors! Very kind of you to comment so favourably on us. Thank you, and Happy Christmas! Best regards Piers Crocker, Curator

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

I thought my partner was joking when she said she wanted to visit this museum but I’m glad she wasn’t. We had a great time. It’s very entertaining and we learned all we needed to know about the herring industry and canning. It’s a bit...More

Thank fmck49
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Dear fmck49, and (specially) your partner, Thank you for your comments and your 5 pips! My apologies if you visited on a day when our guide was unavailable. The fact that you found it a bit of a muddle also gives us something to work...More

Reviewed 17 October 2017

Interesting and unique, but this facility needs better lighting and more thought given to the order of presentation and how the flow of items and information should be handled. In my opinion, Stavanger should consider combining several of their museums into one large facility. This...More

Thank King D
Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Dear King D, We appreciate your honest feedback about the Canning Museum. Thank you. Much of what you suggest is in fact already in the planning pipeline. Good to know we are on the right track. If you would like to give me your email...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

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 4 October 2017

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 24 September 2017

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 25 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 22 September 2017

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 17 September 2017

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 19 September 2017

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 15 September 2017

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 18 September 2017

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 6 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 18 September 2017

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 30 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
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