Lofoten Museum

Lofoten Museum, Kabelvag: Address, Phone Number, Lofoten Museum Reviews: 4/5

Lofoten Museum
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
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Experience the history of the Lofoten Fishery at one of the best preserved squires in Lofoten. On the site of the medieval town of Vågar (now called Storvågan / SKREI Experience Center) you'll find the stately 1815 main building, authentic fishermen's cabins, and boathouses featuring Nordland boats. The museum also offers picture-games and exhibitions on the Lofoten fisheries, ports and coastal lighthouses, traditional crafts and a beautiful garden with historic perennials.
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leffex
Pietarsaari, Finland2,263 contributions
A rorbu museum
Jul 2018 • Friends
A was on a guided tour to the interesting Lofoten Museum, which tells about the history of the Lofoten Fishery at one of the best preserved squires in Lofoten. On the site of the medieval town of Vågar (now called Storvågan / SKREI Experience Center) you’ll find the stately 1815 main building, authentic rorbu (the fishermen’s cabins) and boathouses featuring Nordland boats. Well worth visiting.
Written July 2, 2018
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Jonathan H
North Yorkshire, UK117 contributions
Small, well presented and charmingly informal
Jun 2018 • Couples
Very close to the town of Kabelvag, this rural museum has reconstructed buildings along the line of Beamish open air museum, but obviously much smaller. It is walkable from Kabelvag, but also from the campsite at Solbakken. The wooden buildings are happily not overloaded with artefacts and most of the labelling has an English translation. We arrived not long after opening time and no one was in the office so we went off to look round. Later we returned and had to rouse the manager from a phone call to serve us with a ticket each. Not good security.
Written June 14, 2018
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Henning E
Gothenburg Sweden79 contributions
Lots of Lofoten background in one place
Jun 2018 • Friends
This museum is located in the buildings of an old original home of a powerful tradesman. It is complete with boat houses with old traditional fishing boats, there are some of the houses which seasonal fishermen used to live. There are good legends and displays of fishing techniques and tools, and of life of the time (1600-1900 mainly). There is also a continuous film about the Norwegian lighthouse organization and its history, about harbours in Lofoten and their history. In addition there is helpful and knowledgeable personnel in the museum’s shop, which also sells some real and local handicraft including knittings.
Written June 4, 2018
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Fredmuenchen
Munich, Germany23 contributions
Interesting for a rainy day
Jul 2017 • Family
Lots of small houses in which you can discover different aspects of the local history. Unfortunately a lot of explanations are only in Norwegian and it lacks a red thread. Still an interesting museum for a rainy day.
Written July 30, 2017
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Andrea W
Milan, Italy87 contributions
Daily life of yesteryear
Aug 2016 • Couples
Very well mantained museum. Lovely bay. The main building in particular gives evidence of the kind of sober bourgeoisie living at this latitude, compared with average middle class in cities of Europe. The genuine supply store furniture requires more ancient style souvenirs
Written January 29, 2017
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Kristin M
Dallas197 contributions
Definitely worth the visit
Aug 2016 • Couples
The Lofoten Museum is a part of the larger Skrei Experience which includes the museum, an aquarium, and an art museum featuring a famous Lofoten artist. I highly recommend getting the ticket that includes all three venues. It's super worth it. Ere are a lot of complaints here about the lack of English signage, and I think they are trying to improve. The main museum house has several English signs, including an English language video. The building with the fishing equipment now has a table when you first walk in with some English and German explanations. And also has a leaflet in English on the wall when you first enter. However, it is true that not everything has English. The fishing huts do have a small English sign explaining the dates and how the huts were used. But the blacksmith does not. And the gentleman working the blacksmith today didn't really speak English, but it was still great to watch the smithing. I will agree that the engine house and both boat houses we completely lacking in any English explanations. We used Google translate app to help us a bit, but it's not the greatest. All in all, though, I found this museum visit, together with the aquarium and art museum hugely enjoyable and definitely worth a visit.
Written August 2, 2016
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Fletch W
Seattle, WA320 contributions
What Cod Have Meant to Norway . . .
Jun 2016 • Couples
. . . and the dreadful toll it took. See how the fishery owner lived on the labor of the indentured fishermen.
Written July 24, 2016
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LUchicago
Chicago441 contributions
A Good Stop
Jun 2016 • Friends
We only visited the museum that once was a Manor House and then was converted into a Senior Housing Center. It now displays information about the people of the Lofoton Islands. Of particular interest was the film about life on the lighthouses with actual testimonies from past residents. Incredible stories include how families lived on these small patches of land year around. Those lighthouses without harbors were accessible only by being passengers on boats hoisted up onto the land with chains. The winter storms were at times so fierce that one resident recalled the winds moving items inside the lighthouse. The most incredible story of grit was how families imported soil from the mainland to grow produce. This precious commodity of soil was then carefully moved indoors during the winter so it wouldn't be blown away during storms. The interviews were fascinating, as residents recalled not realizing the isolation as a hardship. Eventually families were moved to the mainland, and men only manned the lonely lighthouses, until technology took over the job, ending and era of a truly amazing lifestyle.
HINT: If you have limited time, this would be my first choice among the three museums.
Written July 7, 2016
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raphaela_egli
Bern, Switzerland4 contributions
Historical important
Aug 2015 • Couples
A must do if you want to know more about history and life on the Lofoten isles. There is a lot to see like old fishing huts, boats and pictures of the fishing tradition. There are major translations in German or English, but a lot of the information are only in the norwegian language.
Written September 16, 2015
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Thank you so much for your kind review! Some of our information is unfortunately still only available in Norwegian, but we will continue our work to make all information available in English and German as well. Best regards, Lena
Written November 11, 2015
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Steffen1950
48 contributions
Hands on history
Jul 2015 • Friends
This little museum is a real piece of history of the area and of Lofoten. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed walking around buildings and looking at the exhibits. We allocated only an hour, but could have spent more time here. Did not visit the aquarium, which is walking distance away.
Written August 26, 2015
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Thank you so much for your kind review! We are very happy that you enjoyed visiting our museum and exploring the history of Lofoten. Best regards, Lena
Written November 11, 2015
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