Museum

The King Håkon's Hall

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Museum

The King Håkon's Hall

SKJUL KART

A stone hall worthy of a king

Håkonshallen is more than seven hundred and fifty years old, and was built by King Håkon Håkonsson between 1247 and 1261 as a royal residence and feasting hall. When the king’s son Magnus Håkonsson Lagabøte married the Danish Princess Ingeborg in 1261, 2000 guests were hosted in three buildings. "Kings held court in the stone hall", as the sagas say.

At that time Bergen was Norway’s largest and most important city, and Håkonshallen was the site of major national events, including the promulgation of Norway's first complete set of laws. Within the thick stone walls you can still hear the echoes of the medieval court’s solemn ceremonies and riotous feasts. As a site of national heritage, Håkonshallen is still in use for royal dinners and other official occasions.

It was not a given that Håkonshallen should remain an impressive building and the largest standing building from the Middle Ages in Norway until today. The hall lost its role as the king’s seat when the royal family moved out of the country in the late Middle Ages. It served later as storeroom, and was eventually turned into an ammunition store for the Bergenhus fortress. For a time it was even without a roof. In 1916 Håkonshallen was restored for the first time, and its interior was decorated. In 1944 the building was, however, dangerously close to a second collapse, when the Dutch ammunition ship the Voorbode exploded while at anchor in the harbour directly below. Only the walls where left standing. In the 1950s the Hall was again restored, resulting in what we see today both concerning interior and exterior. The hall has three floors, with the large festive room located on the top floor. Originally the middle floor was for administration and the King’s council and the first floor, or basement, most likely was used as storage room.

Håkonshallen is open most days of the year, even in the winter. On Sundays and all through the summer season one can take part in tours which include both Håkonshallen and the Rosenkrantz Tower.

Håkonshallen and the Bergenhus fortress (where the hall is located) have a long and rich history. In the late summer we invite you to attend the Festningsdagene, where the public can learn about the fortress’s history right back to the Middle Ages.

 


Museums
The King Håkon's Hall
The King Håkon's Hall
Opening hours

16.09 - 14.05: Daily 12.00 - 15.00

15.05 - 15.09: Daily 10.00 - 16.00

The King Håkon's Hall is closed on special occations:

23. September, 21. and 22. October

1. November and 4. December

21. December 2017 - 1. January 2018

When closed The Rosenkrantz Tower will be open.

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 577/55 30 80 30

E-mail: post@bymuseet.no

Address: Bergenhus Fortress

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The Rosenkrantz Tower
The Rosenkrantz Tower
Opening hours

16.09 - 14.05: Sunday 12.00 - 15.00

15.05 - 15.09: Daily 09.00 - 16.00

The Rosenkrantz Tower is closed:

9. - 17. April (Easter), 1 and 17. May

21. December 2017 - 1. January 2018

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 578/55 30 80 30

E-mail: post@bymuseet.no

Address: Bergenhus Fortress

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Bryggens Museum
Bryggens Museum
Opening hours

01.09 - 14.05:

Monday - Friday: 11.00 - 15.00

Saturday - Sunday: 12.00 - 16.00

15.05 - 31.08:

Daily: 10.00 - 16.00

Bryggens Museum is closed:

14. - 16. April, 1. and 17. May,

22. - 26. December, 31. December 2017 and 1. January 2018

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 55 30 80 30

E-mail: post@bymuseet.no

Address: Dreggsalmening 3

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Hordamuseet
Hordamuseet
Opening hours

Tuesday - Thursday:

12.00 - 15.00

Sunday:

12.00 - 16.00

The Hordamuseum is closed:

8. - 17. April (Easter)

1., 17., and 25 May, 3. - 5. June

22. December 2017 - 2. January 2018

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 580/479 79 591

E-mail: hordamuseet@bymuseet.no

Address: Hordnesvegen 24, 5244 Fana

Light rail to Lagunen, bus nos 60, 61 and 62 to Stend

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Old Bergen Museum
Old Bergen Museum
Opening hours

15.05 - 31.08:

Daily 09.00 - 16.00 Living Museum

02.05 - 14.05: Daily 10.00 - 15.00

01.09 - 15.09: Daily 10.00 - 15.00

Closed: 1. & 17. May

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 576/55 30 80 30

E-mail: gamlebergen@bymuseet.no

Address: Nyhavnsveien 4, Elsero

Bus nos.: 3, 4, 5, 6 & 83, Station: Gamle Bergen

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Bergen School Museum/Holberg Museum
Bergen School Museum/Holberg Museum
Opening hours

The Museum will be closed in 2017 due to rehabilitation work.

Groups on request.

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 582/55 30 80 30

E-mail: skolemuseet@bymuseet.no

Address: Lille Øvregate 38

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Damsgård Country Mansion
Damsgård Country Mansion
Opening hours

01.06 - 31.08:

Daily 12.00 - 16.00

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 47 97 95 84/55 30 80 30

E-mail: damsgard.hovedgard@bymuseet.no

Address: Alleén 29

Bus nos: 16 og 17

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Alvøen Manor
Alvøen Manor
Opening hours

27.05 - 27.08:

Saturday and Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

The museum is closed 10. and 11. June

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 479 79 581/55 30 80 30

E-mail: alvoen.hovedbygning@bymuseet.no

Alvøveien 150

Bus nos: 5, 6 and 42 to Alvøen

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The Leprosy Museum - St. Jørgen Hospital
The Leprosy Museum - St. Jørgen Hospital
Opening hours

15.05 - 31.08:

Daily 11.00 - 15.00

The museum is closed: 17. May

Contact

Telephone: (+47) 481 62 678/55 30 80 30

E-mail: lepramuseet@bymuseet.no

Address: Kong Oscarsgate 59

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The Historic Fire Departement
The Historic Fire Departement
Opening hours
Contact
Bryggen Guiding - on foot
Bryggen Guiding - on foot
Opening hours

01.06 - 31.08:

German 10:00

English 11:00/12:00

Norwegian 13:00

Contact

Bryggens Museum

Dreggsallm. 3

Telephone: (+47) 55 30 80 30

E-mail: post@bymuseet.no

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Bergen in the Middle Ages - on foot
Bergen in the Middle Ages - on foot
Opening hours

01.06 - 31.08:

Monday - Friday: 14.00 English

Contact

Bryggens Museum

Dreggsallm. 3

Telephone: (+47) 55 30 80 30

E-mail: post@bymuseet.no

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