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Norwegian Canning Museum

Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
+47 407 28 470
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Little gem of a museum

As a lover of sardines, I was determined to visit the Canning Museum and dragged my husband and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ge0rginab80
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Fun for all

We have visited the Norvegian Canning Museum on a sunny Sunday, a digestable amount of information... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Marta D
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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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Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As a lover of sardines, I was determined to visit the Canning Museum and dragged my husband and 6year old daughter along with me. So glad I did, perfect for a rainy afternoon!!! My daughter loved packing tins of pretend sardines and we had to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have visited the Norvegian Canning Museum on a sunny Sunday, a digestable amount of information, activity that was fun for all of us (I visited with two 17 yrs olds. Tried placing fake sardines in metal boxes: one can appreciate these things better after...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was there at a tuesday morning and there were only a few other visitors so one of the employers asked if he could do a tour with us and how long the tour should be. he explained all the machines and knew a lot...More

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

Dear Vanessa K, thank you so much for your appreciative feedback. It gives me a good start to the day - and I can always go back and read it again in the cold and grey winter months! Thank you too for your recommendation to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a cruise ship in June. We don’t do organised trips and found this small museum very close to where the ship tied up. It’s a real gem. It was quiet the day we visited and we joined a party of 6 for a...More

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear JPF50, Thank you for your detailed (and positive!) review of the Canning Museum. I will pass on your comments to the guide concerned. He is brilliant! Not quite all the machines are in working order, but that gives us something to aim for -...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Learn all about Stavanger’s history with canned fish production, in this case sardines. It’s much better to get the museum curator to explain the process and work the machines for you, rather than wander round on your own. Really interactive for kids (and adults!) with...More

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear GoLiveYoung, Glad you came to see us. Thank you for making the uphill trip, and then five pips at the end of it all: so kind! :-) Yes, everyone who comes for a second visit remembers the rubber/plastic fish, whether they were schoolchildren, on...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great place to visit. The place was brought alive by the elderly gent who demonstrated the equipment and described the importance of sardines/piltchards etc to the history of Norway and Stavanger. You simply must do his guided tour. The film after the tour...More

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

Dear John B, Wow, so kind of you to put in such a good word for us - just what the doctor ordered for my second day back from being on holiday (and thereby sorry for delay in replying). Can't promise to be available every...More

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Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

Something very different and truly authentic. Congratulations to all those who were (and still are) concerned with the preservation. Even authentic smells! The town is very lucky in that it happened and is still there now for all to see. To see indeed. We were...More

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

Dear Tony36, First of all, many many apologies, I am so sorry that your wish for a guided tour was not fulfilled. Thank you that you gave us four points even so. That was gracious indeed. I don't know whether you were there on a...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

This museum can be just a regular one with some old stuff etc. - but ask for the guide at the reception and enjoy an interesting tour which is free of charge! The guide was really enthusiastic and knowledgeable, and eager to show us everything...More

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Dear Juno_USA, Well who am I to argue with your heading?! Thank you, thank you - and it was great to get to know you (a little) on the tour. Yes, more than an hour can be a bit too much, but we can cut...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

We loved this Museum but I think because we ran into the tour guide (not a very crowded museum) and he offered us a tour it made Sardines so much more interesting. These little smoked fish have been the backbone of the area since the...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

Despite my total lack of interest in sardines I found this a fascinating museum (next week I am off to visit a shoe museum in Zlin so maybe my standards need revision). There was lots of interesting stuff about how the sardines (sprats actually) were...More

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Cannerman, Daglig leder at Norwegian Canning Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 July 2018

Dear TangramUK, Thank you so much for giving us a four-star rating! That was kind of you. :-) Just let me know if you would like further suggestions for out-of-the-ordinary (or just plain wacky) museums. Norway certainly has its fair share! You don't say whether...More

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