Our exhibitions

The Norwegian Fisheries Museum is located at Sandviksboder 20, 23, and 24 in Sandviksboder Kystkultursenter, only 5 minutes from Bryggen!

Learn about the mysteries of the sea, our marine recourses and how norwegian fishermen have lived in the past, and now. Dive into our exciting, modern exhibitions in authentic 18th century wharfside warehouses as old as Bryggen.


Common resources

Through common resources

A thrilling tale of research, ocean management, and the fight for ocean resources! Follow the fish and the fishermen past obstacles, and to the discovery of new possibilities. Just as the fisherman, researchers  need to work together, the family can cooperate through different activities. Connect stories, go fishing, or help the fish past a labyrinth of hooks and nets. 

In the attic at the Norwegian Fisheries Museum you can now meet marine researchers, see how the technology of the fisheries has evolved, and discover how everyone in the world must work together to preserve the ocean.

Explore the history of the sea by immersing yourself in interesting artifacts and stories, or engage the whole family in a multitude of new activities. Find the school of herring under the boat, help the fish escape the hooks and nets, or dive into the depths of the sea with the ROV! If you build up an appetite whilst reading about how Norwegian seafood has changed, or after a peek in the cookbook-nook, you can try to catch something in the fish tank!

Down into a world under water

In this exhibition we will bring you under the ocean surface. Here you can gain an insight into the mystical and exciting underwater environment!

71% of the world is covered by sea! Get to know the ocean, the coast, and the fish, and find out why there are so many fish along the Norwegian coast.

With atmospheric scenography, the visitor will get the feeling of moving under water, from the large ocean currents to our local coast. On this trip you will become familiar with the diversity of lifeforms under the water, and the fine balance between them. The exhibition is primarily aimed at children, but is also suitable for the whole family. 

Here you can try on a diving helmet, work out a puzzle of the world's oceans, or take a “selfish”, a picture of yourself as a fish, an octopus, or a shark.

Discover the ultimate catch

How did the fishermen live in the past, and how has that changed? 

The rich fisheries along the Norwegian coast have always been a condition upon which people have been able to live here. Norway has always exported the majority of the seafood that is taken from the sea (9 out of 10 fish!), and competition in the industry continues to become more globalized.

We tell the story of the relation between the people and the continual, often unforeseeable, restructuring that the fishing industry undergoes. Through this we will awaken an interest and wonder that generates discussion regarding ownership, responsibility, and administration of resources today and in the future.



The rich resources of the ocean have been the basis for many types of fisheries, and therefore form the basis for providing food and income to the population. The fishing profession has gone from being labour and time intensive to a profession with many devices to make life easier. The season-based fishing of herring and other pelagic species have, similar to cod, been instrumental in the formation of many of the towns and cities along the coast. Sprat and pilchards were fished for the canning industry, and a large herring oil industry was built up. But this is just a part of the broader Norwegian fishing industry: Drift net fishing for salmon along the coast, wedge-shaped seines in the fjords, and the rich tradition of lobster fishing in Vestlandet and Sørlandet to name a few, have all been important sources of income. Small whales were caught with nets in the bays or from whaling boats, for delivery to whaling stations on land. Industrial whaling has over time had an expansive development, both along the Norwegian coast and in the Antarctic Ocean. For a long time, sealing was also long an important activity.

Modernisation and streamlining has contributed to the possibility of fishing within a wider radius, and catching larger amounts. From fishing in small row boats with nets and shore seines to larger motor-powered boats with heavy equipment such as trawls, purse seines, ring nets and pelagic trawls. Herring and mackerel were fished in the North Sea, and fishermen travelled to the Barents Sea to fish for capelin and to the west of Ireland to fish for blue whiting. The hunt for fish has also become more advanced. The master seiner previously used hand held weights to find herring shoals, but now there is advanced technology on board fishing vessels where one can measure all details down to the single fish in the ocean. In the same way, fishing itself is carefully regulated and controlled. The fishing fleet in Norway consists of sea-faring fishing vessels and a coastal fishing boats. Whilst the total number of wild fish caught has remained relatively stable the last decades, the amount of farmed fish has increased considerably.

Through nooks, crannies and secret rooms

Simply walking through the museum is an experience. There are a multitude of rooms, galleries and staircases, with log timber walls and sloping floors.

Sandviksboder 23 is a seaside warehouse from 1730, which has been used as a store for stockfish, cod liver oil, and much more. 

Here one can experience a Bergen stockfish warehouse in its original form, with many fine details. The exhibitions in warehouse no. 23 tells the story of the wharf around Sandvikstorget. The various rooms contain temporary exhibitions about notching and building handwork, wall paintings from the 1700s, and the goods that once were stored in the warehouse – stockfish and herring. Here you will also find an exhibition about the motor brand Sabb from Laksevåg in Bergen, the all-time bestseller in Norway.


Warehouse no. 23 will in the future be used for temporary exhibitions.