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Gamle Bergen Museum - Bymuseet i Bergen
Ranked #17 of 146 things to do in Bergen
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: In the 19th century, Bergen was Europe's largest wooden city, and its busy, steep and densely built-up streets, squares and alleyways gave it a unique character. There are also few large towns and cities that have experienced as many major fires as Bergen has. The appearance of the city has changed on many occasions, sometimes amidst great drama at other times old houses have been replaced by new buildings and major redevelopments. But Bergen has also taken care of its historic past. Old Bergen is a reconstructed town with approx. 50 Wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Here you will find private homes from various periods, as well as a number of shops and workshops. Countless rooms and objects bring the city's history over the generations to life. A visit to old Bergen provides some answers as well as a breath of nostalgia. Actors make the stories come to life. How could life in Bergen have been 150 years ago? What did it look like? What did the people talk about? In beautiful surroundings you may meet both landlords and servants from times past. We have outdoor playground for children, and in the pound you will find ducks and goose. From mid June until mid August our a la carte restaurant Old Bergen Traceteursted is open daily (closed on Mondays). In the museum shop you will find traditional cinnamon buns, soft drinks, ice cream, coffee, candy, postcards, books and souvenirs. The museum is open every day from the middle of May until the end of August.
Reviewed April 25, 2013

This is one of my favourite places in Bergen! It's like going back to the past, to a 200 years old village. Between May and September you can pay for a guided tour, getting inside some of the houses, like the old bakery - you get to know many nice stories and it's fun even for the kids. Even when the museum is closed it's worth a visit, you can walk around, take pictures, feed the birds... If the weather is good a picnic can be a very good idea! They could improve the museum, having more houses opened, horses and actors dressed in old style every weekend during the high season, but even without all this it's a top attraction! Check their website, they have many special events during the year, what can make your visit even nicer.

4  Thank LaBGO
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

Gamle Bergen in my hometown Bergen is one of my favorite photo locations. In the 19th century, Bergen was Europe’s largest city consisting of wooden houses, and its busy, steep and densely built-up streets, squares and alleyways gave it a unique character. Old Bergen is a reconstructed town with approx. 50 wooden houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. There are a lot of great photographic spots also at winter time – take a look at my attached photos.

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Svein-Magne Tunli
tunliweb.no

5  Thank Svein-Magne_Tunli
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Gamle Bergen is a wonderful open air museum with quite a number of houses open to vistitors. You get a real feel for how people lived in the early 1900s. There is a phamacy, a dentist, peoples home a lovely duck pond all with a view over the fjord of Bergen.

We live near Bergen and this is one of our favorites for a Sunday afternoon with our kids. In style it is a bit similar to the Hanseatic Museum but many times larger.

It is not as heavily advertised as for exampel the aquarium but much, much better and much cheaper.

It is north of the city centre but really to far to walk - catch one of the frequent busses to get there.

1  Thank Fanafjord
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Beautifully restored old houses with furnishings, costumed actors, and scenes from various periods of Bergen's history in a scenic setting. The lit candles and fires in the fireplaces on a typically damp day were particularly pleasant.

2  Thank SLSB63
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

After paying 70nok pp, you enter a steep road with some typical houses. There's only one you can really enter, the bakery After that there's a colonial house with a nice shop with probably imported goods, which is CLOSED! There's an old school, which is CLOSED! There were no workshops ore anything of that sort. Then you think you can finish at the terras at the restaurant, which is only open for GROUPS!! No this was a BIG disappointment.

4  Thank Yuri73
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