I loved this museum! It was my favorite of everything we saw in Bergen. But make sure you go when they are offering a guided tour, or you won’t really know/understand what you are looking at!
It’s in two connected original buildings, where Hanseatic traders used to live and work in the dark and without heat because of the fear of fire (since the entire area had burned down a few times already in the past). The guide described the hierarchy and the process by which apprentices worked up the ranks to become merchants, all the while being required to remain celibate and not being able to return to Germany until they had made it to the top. You wouldn’t really find out things like this without the guided tour (which was free, included in the price of entry), you’d just see the furnishings and marvel at how small and cramped the beds were etc. but not get much more out of it.
Warning: it’s not included in the Bergen Card. But the price of admission does include also a visit to the Schøtstuene, which unfortunately they didn’t tell us and we found out only after the latter had already closed, so we didn’t get to see it – I think it would have been interesting, after hearing from our guide of the contrast between houses like the one we visited and the halls such as the Schøtstuene at the end of each row of buildings.
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