The Maritime Museum of Bergen, Norway

 

The Maritime Museum of Bergen, Norway

 

The Bergen Maritime Museum (Bergens Sjøfahrtsmuseum) is a major tourist attraction in the city and definitely worth a visit. Seafaring, fishing, maritime trade and warfare has always been crucial to the town's development and is focused on by the museum's exhibition. There are original parts and models of the oldest Scandinavian boats and ships, of medieval traders, traditional nordic boats and modern steamships.

 

We visited the museum in June 2017. Some objects were behind glass with high reflection, it was somewhat difficult to get a clear view. I show photos of some objects that are rarely shown in other museums.

 

The Kvalsund boat dates from ca. 600 A.D. The boat was excavated in 1920. Some of the original parts are displayed, but there is also a model in 1 : 6 scale.
Photo gallery of the Kvalsund boat model

  

The Oseberg ship is a Viking ship of early 9th century. The original ship is exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, but the Bergen Museum has a model in 1 : 6 scale.

Photo gallery of the Oseberg ship model

  

The Gokstad ship is a Viking ship of late 9th century. The original ship is exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, but the Bergen Museum has a model in 1 : 6 scale.

Photo gallery of the Gokstad ship model

  

The Kalmar ship was probably an ordinary trading vessel of the 1400s and 1500s. The model is based on parts of the ship found during excavation in Kalmar, Sweden. The Swedish built a full scale replica named Aluett that can be used for boat trips.

Photo gallery of the Kalmar ship model

 

The steam ship Britannia was built in 1890 for the newly established England route Trondheim - Bergen - Newcastle. There is a very fine model of the ship in 1 : 48 scale.
Photo gallery of the Britannia model

  

If you click on a photo you will get that photo in high resolution.  Press F11 to minimize navigation bars and have a larger screen with the photos.

 

There is more information on the museum website and on a leaflet we got on our visit.