Bryggens Museum is closed due to construction October 4 - May 22, 2019
During the winter of 2018/2019 Bryggens Museum will be going through an interior and exterior rehabilitation. This includes renewing the archeological exhibition that forms the base of the museum. The work is a collaboration between Bergen City Museum, UIB (University of Bergen), AHKR (Institute of archeology, history, culture and religion sciences), NIKU (Norwegian Institute of Cultural Heritage) and the Directorate for Cultural Heritage. The project is made possible by fundings from the Department of Culture, Bergen Kommune and the Savings Bank Foundation DNB.
Bryggen in Bergen has been a busy part of the city since the Middle Ages. Both the oldest wooden buildings and the thick cultural layers located below ground appear on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 1955 parts of Bryggen burnt down, and the 13 year archaeological excavation which subsequently took place uncovered hundreds of thousands of objects which give an insight into everyday life in the city in the Middle Ages. After the fire there was a heated discussion over the future of Bryggen, and many of the city’s inhabitants wanted to demolish the remaining wooden buildings.
Fortunately public opinion changed, helped by the new and till then unknown stories of the city that was being unearthed. As a result - and with chief curator Asbjørn Herteig as the driving force – Bryggens Museum was established in 1976.
The museum houses archaeological material from Bergen and Vestlandet in the Middle Ages, where the rich finds from the Bryggen excavations and later archaeological research in the city take centre stage. Bryggens Museum is built over the remains of Bergen’s oldest buildings from the first half of the 1100s. These architectural remains are still an important part of the museum’s permanent exhibition, and give visitors the experience of life in Bergen in the Middle Ages.
Welcome to exhibitions, lectures and guided tours at the «new» Bryggens Museum in 2019.
Bryggen Guiding starting point at Bryggens Museum, see link.
Bergen in the Middle Ages starting point at Bryggens Museum, see link.