Canning Museum

Canning Museum information

Stavanger , Norway
Øvre Strandgate 88a
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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.