Hanseatisk Museum & Schøtstuene

Hanseatisk Museum & Schøtstuene information

Bergen , Norway
Address
Street Finnegårdsgaten 1a & Øvregaten 50
More information
www.museumvest.no
Prices
adult/child Nkr60/free
Opening hours
9am-5pm mid-May–mid-Sep, shorter hours rest of year
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Lonely Planet review

The terrific Hanseatic Museum provides a window into the world of Hanseatic traders. Housed in a rough-timber building from 1704, it starkly reveals the contrast between the austere living and working conditions of Hanseatic merchant sailors and apprentices, and the lifestyle of the management. Highlights include the manager's office, quarters, private liquor cabinet and summer bedroom; the apprentices' quarters, where beds were shared by two men; the fish storage room, which pressed and processed over a million pounds (450,000kg) of fish a month; and the fiskeskrue (fish press), which pressed the fish into barrels. The nearby Schøtstuene is a reconstruction of one of the original assembly halls where the fraternity of Hanseatic merchants once met for their business meetings and beer guzzling. The Schøtstuene is closed in January and February.