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Norwegian Canning Museum

Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
+47 407 28 470
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Highlight of our Norwegian cruise

What a great place to visit. The place was brought alive by the elderly gent who demonstrated the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
John B
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Derbyshire, United Kingdom
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Something very different and truly authentic. Congratulations to all those who were (and still are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Tony36
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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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  • Average9%
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  • Terrible1%
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Ovre Strandgate 88, Stavanger 4005, Norway
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Reviewed 1 week 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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited whilst on a cruise excursion and was not sure what to expect but it was charming Guide was very knowledgeable and we were given the opportunity to sample some traditional foods which was a nice touchMore

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

Dear DizzyChickKimmy, Thank you for coming to visit us at our quaint little museum - all that is left (almost) of the once mighty canning industry in Stavanger. Not quite sure what you were expecting, but I hope we fulfilled your expectations somehow anyway! Glad...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You walk into the entrance shop and see cans of sardines for sale at around £20 a tin - yes £20! You examine them to understand how they fit into the local culture. They don't - they are imported from Poland. What a swizz.More

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

Dear Simplesouls, Congratulations and thank you! You are the first visitors who have been gracious enough to point out to us that there could be a misunderstanding about our prices. At first I could not understand how you had seen price labels for £20 for...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were suggested to visit this museum by the information tourist bureau which we don’t regret it. It is situated in the old town area, not far from where the dock of our cruise ship was. We were greeted by friendly staff , they offered...More

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

Dear Lakecomo15, Thank you for taking time to write a review of the Canning Museum, and a very positive one at that! I will thank the tourist bureau for their recommendation! Just a quick word on why we don't have explanatory texts in the exhibition:...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We crused through the city with electro bikes and our first stop was this museum because of trip advisor. It was stunning! You need to start at the top with the silent film then it is way better. It‘s unbelievable how the sardine cans were...More

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

Dear Matt H, Thank you (and your friend(s)) very much for your enthusiastic review of the Canning Museum - amongst the many (positive) descriptions we have been given, "stunning" is possibly a new high! A great start to my day. Did you not have a...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Opens your eyes to how hard the people worked. When we tried to get 12 sardines in a tin our fingers were not nimble enough. Watching the old black and white movies was GREAT!!! You saw step by step how the canning process. Now I...More

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

Dear Grampa1951, well I can certainly relate to your codename! Actually 1952 in my case... Thank you so much for taking time and trouble to say nice things about the Canning Museum, and give us five pips as well - how good can it get?!...More

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