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Hanseatic Museum (Hanseatisk)

Finnegardsgaten 1a | Bryggen, Bergen 5003, Norway (Vågen)
47 55 54 46 90
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Ranked #12 of 61 Attractions in Bergen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Description: This wooden building is furnished in 16th-century style and gives visitors a feel of what Bergen was like in its medieval trading days.
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Annapolis, Maryland
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Good museum, with lots of history about the Hanseatic League. It would have been better with a tour guide, but the English version would not be available for 2 hours and we didn't have time to wait. Best to check the tour guide times, then go on the funicular ride while waiting.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Definitely try to time your visit with availability of English language tour. Not for accessibility challenged, lots of steep narrow stairs. Also pretty dark and close, so not for claustrophobes. Interesting to learn about the lifestyle of a typical Hanseatic trader. While I was aware dimly of their historic role during the transition from the Middle ages, the details were... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

There are so many stories that bring this area to life. Our guide Nina presented a good background to the area by wandering through lanes at the back before we entered the museum. This was worthwhile as it put the museum into context. If you have problems with stairs or dark places this could be a challenge. Amazing history and... More

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College Station, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Great overview of the history of Bergen and the housing in the area. Small museum, but the walking tour of Bryggen was very interesting. The museum housed displays of items used over the years and a recreation of some building foundations. Learning about how the city grew due to trading of stock fish was interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

OK, I do appreciate that some might find this a bit dull, don't go expecting a multi-media song and dance display but we were enthralled by a journey around this building. It gave us a real feel for what it must have been like in the old wooden structures of Bergen. The nice guy on the desk gave us a... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Very informative - I really came away with an understanding of the Hanseatic League and this rather amazing period in European history. The building housing the museum is part of the joy of the museum.

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Deal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We walked from the ship and this was the first place which took our fancy. Fish are the theme here as Bergen was the home of the Hanseatic League. The museum was good value for money with a variety of displays and lots to read about the League and its importance in Europe during the Middle Ages. We all enjoyed... More

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Windsor, CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

A guided or self-guided trip through an old multi-storied wooden structure. It provides a feel for Hanseatic times and prompts many questions. Brief your self on the internet beforehand.

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Agoura Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There were 7 of us. It was dark, dingy, cramped, seemed kind of boring. I supposed if you are a true student of this period, maybe it would be of great interest. To the average tourist, it wasn't that much to see. All 7 of us agreed that it wasn't worth the time or money to see it, since there... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The museum provides a window to what a traders enclave was like for a multinational organisation some 400 to 700 years ago. Those with an interest in medieval history, international trade and preservation should not miss this. Be careful of the steep narrow and slippery stairs .

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