If you are visiting Bergen and thinking of going to the Maritime Museum, here are 5 things that while make it worth your while!
There are tons of things to see and experience at Bergen Maritime Museum. If you are visiting Bergen and thinking of going to the Maritime Museum, here are 5 things that will make it worth your while!
1. Model of the Oseberg ship
The Oseberg vikingship was found in a burial mound at the Slagen farm in Vestfold and excavted in 1904. The ship was built around 815-820 AD, and was used as a burial ship for a prominent woman who died in 834. Built from oak, the ship was 22 meters long and 5 meters wide. It featured a square sail at about 90 square meters, enableing it to reach speeds of over 10 knots.
Our 1:6 model features intricate details resembling the original, featuring even the tiniest carvings.
2. Queer at Sea - Exhibition
In october of 2022 we opened our latest exhbition - Queer at Sea. Queerness, especially at sea, is a severely overlooked theme in maritime history. Researchers at the museum therefore started this project to find out more about life at sea as queer in the 1960s-1980s, and the Queer at Sea exhibition is the result of it. The exhibition has attracted attention both nationally and internationally and is definitely a must see when visiting Bergen.
3. Viking Burial Cinema
On the ground floor, we have our very own cinema, where we display our Viking Burial movie. It's an exciting and educational documentary about the rituals related to the viking burial phenomenon. The movie is included in your ticket and is a great way to start off your tour!
4. Ship models
If there is one thing we like here at the Maritime Museum it would be ship models, and we think you will too! Whether you are a collector yourself, or if you've never even thought ship models were a thing, you'll definitely find something interesting in ourcollection. From enormous industrial ship models to classy sail ships, they all feature an outstanding amount of attention to detail.
5. Full scale, enterable model of a ships deck
Enter the shoes of a seaman in the 1950s! This deck house is not even a replica, it is actually derived from an actual ship, Statsraad Lehmkul, a school ship. Its interior dates back to the 1950s. By entering the "deck house" you can find both historical pictures and descriptions of its origins, as well as interior and furniture representing the time era.
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