Visit the archeological remains of Bergen's first settlements from the1000s.
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 exavation 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 building 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.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, Bryggens Museum hosts many temporary art and themed exhibitions. From where do you Hail? This exhibition tells the stories of three migrants in the Middle Ages (until the 13th of August 2017), Forward March! Bergen is well known for its archery brigades, but did you also know that there used to be brigades in cities and towns all over Norway? (until the 6th of August 2017), Journeys to Tadmor. History and cultural heritage in Palmyra and the Middle East (until the 17th September 2017)
The museum offers many lectures and the popular Monday lecture series will also take place both in the Spring and Autumn semesters.
Additionally, Bryggens Museum is the starting point for Bryggen Guiding – a historic walking tour through Bryggen’s past, from Bryggens Museum through the old wooden buildings of the area through to the Hanseatic Museum. Bryggens Museum is also the starting point for another historic walk which takes you through Bergen in the Middle Ages.
Bryggen Guding starting point at Bryggens Museum, see link.
Bergen in the Middle Ages starting point at Bryggens Museum, see link.