Discover the rich history and culture of Bergen through the Bryggen Museum, built over the remains of the first medieval settlement at Bryggen (the dock). Displaying various archaeological findings in the ground, the museum also hosts temporary art and themed exhibitions.
Experience life in medieval Bergen
Marvel at an exceptional example of a medieval urban area (the oldest buildings are from the 12th century), designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979. The city of Bergen was founded around 1070 within the original boundaries of Bryggen, also called Tyskebryggen. Around 1350, a Kontor of the Hanseatic League was established there, and Tyskebryggen became the center of the Hanseatic commercial activities in Norway. A series of Hanseatic commercial buildings then started lining the eastern side of the Vågen harbor. In 1955, parts of Bryggen were ravaged by a fire. A thirteen-year archaeological excavation followed, revealing the day-to-day runic inscriptions known as the Bryggen inscriptions during the excavations a huge number of artifacts and ceramics were found, providing a vivid insight into commerce, shipping, handicrafts and everyday life in medieval times.
History of the museum
Throughout history, Bergen has experienced many fires, since, traditionally, most houses were made from wood. The Bryggen museum was built on part of the site cleared by the 1955 fire. Bergen-born architect Øivind Maurseth, who also designed the nearby Radisson SAS Hotel, took care of the construction of the museum during 1976, primarily to host and feature the artifacts found during the archaeological excavation. Archeologist Asbjørn Herteig was the first curator at the Bryggen Museum. Admire the rough-cast concrete and glass building that exemplifies brutalist civic architecture in Norway. Once inside, feel the Scandinavian coziness and grab a coffee at Gullskoen museum café or find the perfect Viking souvenir at the museum shop.
Keep exploring Bergen's history
Bryggens Museum has been part of Bergen City Museum since 2005. So, if you buy a full-price ticket at the first museum, you get a 50% discount on the admission fee to the 9 Bergen city museums throughout the year. Get deeper into Bergen's history with Bryggen Guided Tour, which is a historic walk through Bryggen's past, the meeting for pointing is at Bryggen museum located at Dreggsalmenningen 3. The museum offers several lectures throughout the year and holds popular Monday-lectures. Located in the very center, the museum is close to Bergen best attractions like the Hanseatic museum or the famous Fish Market.