Bryggens Museum will be closed due to interior rehabilitation until 23rd May 2019. Welcome to a new main exhibition and facilities!
During the winter of 2018/2019 Bryggens Museum will be going through an interior 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.
In addition to the permanent exhibition, Bryggens Museum hosts a variety of temporary historical and art-exhibitions.
Lectures and tours
The museum offers several lectures throughout the year. Our popular monday-lectures will be held as usual during the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019. We will also continue our cooperation with the commander of Bergenhus Fortress on the series of "Stories from the fortress", as well as sunday-lectures.
Bryggens Museum is the starting point for "Bryggen Guiding - on foot", a historical walk through Bryggen's past, from Bryggens Museum through the antiquarian wooden buildings at Bryggen to the Hanseatic Museum. We also offer "Bergen in the Middle Ages - on foot", a walk from Bryggens Museum to St. Mary's Church and the Rosenkrantztower (only in English).
Welcome to exhibitions, lectures and guided tours at the «new» Bryggens Museum in 2019.