Museums and Galleries in Bergen (Self Guided), Bergen

Throughout history, Bergen has been an important city for Norwegian economy. The history of the city spans over a millennium with Bergen being a capital city and an important trading center. Some truly amazing artifacts are proudly displayed in the museums and galleries of Bergen. This tour will take you through the most impressive of them.
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Museums and Galleries in Bergen Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries in Bergen
Guide Location: Norway » Bergen (See other walking tours in Bergen)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: greghasleft
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Maritime Museum
  • Bergen Museum - The Cultural History Collections
  • Bergen Kunstmuseum
  • Kunsthall
  • Buekorps Museum
  • Hanseatic Museum
  • Bryggens Museum
Maritime Museum

1) Maritime Museum (must see)

The Maritime Museum presents the history of fishing, ship building and marine trading in Bergen. It is located on the campus of Bergen University. The museum has a large collection of ship models, photographs, archaeological findings, films and more.

Operation hours: June - August: Monday - Friday: 10 - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; September - May: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 3 pm
Bergen Museum - The Cultural History Collections

2) Bergen Museum - The Cultural History Collections (must see)

This part of the Bergen Museum covers the cultural history, art history, archaeological and anthropological findings related to the city of Bergen. The museum was founded in the first half of the 19th century when it displayed a large collection of valuable paintings and artifacts. Over a century later, the cultural history department moved to the current building.

Operation hours: September 1 - May 31: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 3 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm; June 1 - October 31: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm
Bergen Kunstmuseum

3) Bergen Kunstmuseum (must see)

The Kunstmuseum is a large art museum in Bergen. It displays great paintings, some of them by very famous artists, like Picasso, Paul Klee and many others. The museum has a collection of handicrafts and designs from the last five hundred years. Besides its permanent collection the museum also houses various temporary exhibitions.

Operation hours: September 1 - May 14: Tuesday - Friday: 11 am - 4 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; May 15 - October 31: Monday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

4) Kunsthall (must see)

Kunsthall is a center for contemporary art and probably the largest of its kind in Norway. It consists of a few large areas presenting different types of art, from paintings and drawings to photo, video and musical compositions. Many of the items exhibited in the center are for sale.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm; Thursday 11 am – 8 pm.
Buekorps Museum

5) Buekorps Museum

The Buekorps Museum recounts the history of the Buekorps, a youth organization found only in Bergen. They march through the city, mostly during spring and summer, carrying wooden rifles and crossbows and wearing traditional uniforms. The museum is housed inside a 16th century building, one of the very few that survived the many fires that Bergen suffered.

Operation hours: Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 3 pm
Hanseatic Museum

6) Hanseatic Museum (must see)

The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene is dedicated to the Hanseatic period. The main part of the museum it located in one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen. This building was constructed after a fire in 1702 when most of the centre of Bergen burned down. The museum was started in a building owned by merchant J.W. Olsen in 1872. As the collection grew, another building, "Murtasken", was constructed from a drawing by architect V.D. Lippes. There is an authentic trading room in the museum including a merchant's office, sleeping places for the boys and a guest-room.

Operation hours: May 1 – September 30: Monday - Sunday: 9 am – 6 pm; October 1– April 30: Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 2 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bryggens Museum

7) Bryggens Museum (must see)

The Bryggens Museum was built in 1976 on the site of a great fire that had occurred in the city over twenty years before. The many remains found on the site are now displayed in the museum. It also houses several temporary exhibitions.

Operation hours: September 1 - May 14: Monday - Friday: 11 am - 3 pm; Saturday: 12 pm - 3 pm; Sunday: 12 pm - 4 pm; May 15 - October 31: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm

Walking Tours in Bergen, Norway

Create Your Own Walk in Bergen

Create Your Own Walk in Bergen

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bergen is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Bergen's Historical Churches

Bergen's Historical Churches

Over the centuries of Bergen's existence, many places of worship have been built here to meet the requirements of the continuously growing religious population. Some of the churches are as old as the city itself, and date back to the 11th century, thus representing true architectural and spiritual heritage.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 Km or 2.4 Miles
Bergen's Architectural Jewels

Bergen's Architectural Jewels

Bergen is an astounding city in Norway, well-known for its beautiful cityscape and architectural masterpieces which can be seen on each corner of every street. The following walking tour will guide you to the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Bergen.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Bergen Shopping Tour

Bergen Shopping Tour

Bergen is probably one of the oldest shopping destinations in the world. For centuries, since its formation, the city has been a very important commercial hub. Today Bergen features a variety of shops and markets scattered around the city. However, it should be noted that Norway is an expensive country and Bergen is not an exception.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 Km or 0.9 Miles
Bergen's Cultural Venues

Bergen's Cultural Venues

Bergen is a city with an old rich culture. It has plenty of venues like theatres, cinemas, museums, galleries, concert halls and others. Music and art are popular here and the city has a vivid cultural scene. Take this walking tour to learn more about Bergen'a culture.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Bergen Introduction Walk

Bergen Introduction Walk

Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and a popular tourist destination. The town features numerous structures and buildings of a great value, as well as beautiful pedestrian streets lined with shops and restaurants. Don't miss the chance to visit some of its most popular tourist attractions listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 Km or 1.9 Miles