Gamle (Old) Stavanger, above the western shore of the harbour, is a delight. The Old Town's cobblestone walkways pass between rows of...
Norwegian Emigration Center
This centre has a small exhibition (Nkr20) dealing with, on the 1st floor, Norwegian emigration to the US. On the 2nd floor is a...
Rødne Fjord Cruise
If you're after something a little more sedate, Stavanger Konserthus offers free classical-music concerts in July; the tourist office...
NB Sørensen's Damskibsexpedition
Our pick of waterfront restaurant row, this large maritime-themed place serves everything from confit duck (Nkr310) to roast Atlantic...
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Canning Museum information
Don't miss this museum; housed in an old cannery, it's one of Stavanger's most appealing museums. Before oil, there were sardines, and Stavanger was once home to more than half of Norway's canning factor-ies; by 1922 the city's canneries provided 50% of the town's employment. Here you'll get the lowdown on canning brisling and fish balls. The exhibits take you through the whole 12-stage process from salting, through to threading, smoking, decapitating and packing. There are no labels, but there's a handy brochure available at the entrance and guides are always on hand to answer your questions or crank up some of the old machines. Upstairs, there's a fascinating display of historical sardine-can labels (more than 40,000 designs were used and have become collectors' items). An adjoining building houses a cafe and restored workers cottages furnished in 1920s and 1960s style. On the first Sunday of every month (and Tuesday and Thursday from mid-June to mid-August), the fires are lit and you can sample smoked sardines straight from the ovens.