Our museum building

Get inspired in our historical museum building.

The Norwegian Fisheries Museum occupies 18th century wharf side warehouses joined by covered bridges, that were previously used to store stockfish. The museum has, therefore, a multitude of rooms, galleries and staircases, timber walls and sloping floors. The warehouse stands on piles driven into the sea, and the original canals between the buildings have been restored. These warehouses were common in Sandviken area in the 19th century and gave rise to the nickname "The Venice of the North".

The Norwegian Fisheries Museum lies at the water´s edge by the Byfjorden and is surrounded by Norway´s largest veteran boat harbour. Rent a rowboat for the whole family or let the children paddle a kayak in the canals around the museum. We have two beaches where the curious can look for life in the tidal pools: you can borrow an info sheet, buckets and nets from reception. You can go swimming or try your luck fishing.