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“A Hanseatic Museum in an original Hanseatic building”

Det Hanseatiske Museum og Schoetstuene
Ranked #6 of 132 things to do in Bergen
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner 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.
Perth, Australia
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“A Hanseatic Museum in an original Hanseatic building”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

If you are interested in the Hanseatic League this is the museum for you as it's situated in two original Hanseatic buildings. The entry fee covers a 45 minutes guided tour round the museum and you are also free to wander on your own. Tours in different languages take place at designated times. The conditions in which the apprentices , journeymen and their managers lived and worked can be seen with lots of original objects in the rooms. There's also a 15 minute video about various aspects of the Hanseatic community in Bergen. The entry fee also covers a visit to the Assembly Hall, used during the winter months, in its original building.

Visited May 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Our guide did an exceptional job explaining the Hanseatic League and all aspects of the museum. This was one of the best museums we experienced in our 14 day trip through Scandinavia. Well done to our tour guide. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Visited May 2013
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San Francisco
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“Norway is NOT a country of museums”
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Yes, the price tag for visiting this building is a bit high. They do not give any discount to seniors and by now I am convinced that Norway does not really understand what should be called a "Museum" and what should be called a "Building". Go to Brygens Museum first and watch the video there for the entire 15 minutes before coming to this place. Otherwise consult your childhood friend Google and read all about Hanseatic League before coming here because there is almost no sign in English. Of course there is no consistent theme of anything either which seems to be the norm for Norwegian "museums". The building is fascinating, objects were displayed in its original form. There is a movie which has no head and tail. It is kind of comical and I really think every Norwegian curators should take a course in museum curating and story telling in some other countries. Even Malaysia does a far superior job than Norway when it comes to putting together an exhibition for public. You get to go to a second building which was their "hot house". Now it is a restaurant. The day we were there, the "ruin" was open. It was the oldest ruin of a building in Norway, I was told by the very nice guide. Yes, we had to go downstairs with a guide. It was nice to see the ruin. If it is a rainy day you should consider going to museums in Norway. Otherwise just enjoy the nature of this amazingly beautiful country.

Visited May 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Great building but.......”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

We were hoping to learn about the Hanseatic League which we initially knew nothing about but the museum did not live up to our expectations. It would have been good to have an overview first of all to explain what the Hanseatic League was but the first exhibition area consisted of various tools. There was a short video upstairs which did not start at the beginning and which went off on a tangent and tried (but failed) to be funny. There was little information in English so we concentrated on looking at the interior of the building itself which was steeped in history; loved all the wood and smooth wooden floor boards and the beds tucked away in various cupboards.
Apparently our entrance fee also included entrance to another building called Schotstuene which was a short walk away. It was supposed to be open until 5.00pm but we got there at 4.20pm and found it had already closed!

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice atmosphere but rooms were closed”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A nice museum to gain an understanding about the Hanseatic League. But there wasn't a lot of information given in each room in English. I was searching for a narrative for the museum until I reached the top floor and watched the film. I think the film should be played at the beginning, not the end. It was a good film which provide useful information about some of the objects displayed in the rest of the museum. Some rooms were closed for renovation when I was there, but in general the museum is a small one. Visit only if you are very interested about the Hanseatic League, otherwise, hop into a restaurant or cafe in the Bryggen area and you wish to see the interiors of the wooden house.

Visited May 2013
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