|Season (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)|
* Open by appointment between 4 - 31 January 2021. Daily open from February 2021.
The Hanseatic merchants are long gone, and no longer part of the hustle and bustle of Bryggen, but you can still experience this unique place, which has contributed so much to making Bergen the city it is today.
Hanseatic merchants from Northern Germany sailed into Bergen in the 13th century to exchange grain for stockfish from Northern Norway. Their trading activities made Bryggen and Bergen one of Northern Europe’s most important trading hubs for centuries. Today, the Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene belong to the World Heritage Site Bryggen, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979.
The museum illustrates how the Hanseatic merchants lived, worked and made their mark on Bergen over the course of 400 years. If you wander through Bryggen and explore the beautiful Schøtstuene today, you will get a sense of what Bergen was like during the Hanseatic era. Walking through the narrow alleyways is like travelling back in time. If you listen carefully, maybe you’ll hear young men speaking Low German, rolling barrels and creaking cart wheels carrying stockfish.
Our exhibitions at the Schøtstuene museum and the guided tours enable you to explore all aspects of the Hanseatic merchants’ lives – from their unique trading network to everyday life at Bryggen. Today, Bryggen is Bergen’s greatest cultural gem, and a symbol of the Hanseatic era’s cultural and economic significance. A whole block of wooden buildings dating back to the Hanseatic era, comprising no less than 62 buildings, has been preserved.
Experience Schøtstuene – the last Hanseatic assembly rooms in the world.
The beautiful Schøtstuene are unique in a global context and a reminder of a bygone age. The Hanseatic merchants met in these premises to share meals and hold meetings and important discussions. You can visit the new exhibitions, impressive buildings and admire the up to 300-year-old paintings of vines. Sound installations and smell boxes take you back to the Bergen of the Middle Ages and give you a sense of the atmosphere of the Hanseatic era.
The historical surroundings provide an insight into the everyday life of the merchants at Schøtstuene, their impressive trading network and the history of the buildings themselves. You will also find Bergen’s perhaps best kept secret under a glass floor – a Medieval ruin dating from around 1280, which was discovered when the museum was founded 148 years ago.
The Schøtstuene assembly rooms are situated right beside the Hanseatic merchants’ main church, St. Mary’s Church, and are set in a charming garden. The museum has a universal design.
Guided tours of Schøtstuene
You can learn more about Bergen as a trading city by taking the museum’s guided tour. Why did the Hanseatic merchants set up an office here? What was everyday life like at Bryggen? What was their significance for Bergen as a European trading hub? A historical walk in the footsteps of the Hanseatic merchants together with our guides will make your visit to the museum even more memorable.
Restoration of the museum’s largest object – the Finnegården museum building
After almost 150 years’ operation as a museum, Finnegården 1a is now undergoing extensive renovation to preserve the building for the future. Finnegården is one of Bryggen’s oldest and best preserved buildings, and the exhibition ‘Bevar meg vel’ at Schøtstuene provides an insight into the extensive work that takes place during the restoration of a museum on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. You will find information about the Hanseatic era and the extensive restoration process on the fence in front of Finnegården.
ONLINE BOOKING: For online booking click here
Your email conﬁrmation is your ticket and must be shown at the entrance. You can bring a printed copy or show the e-mail conﬁrmation on your mobile device.
No refund in case of cancellation, but we can change the date on your ticket if necessary. Your email confirmation is your ticket. Bring a printed copy or show it on your mobile device.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Groups min. 10 pers.||NOK85.00 tickets|
Prices may be subject to change.
St Mary`s church is the oldest existing building in Bergen. To judge by its architectural style, it was probably built between 1130 and 1170.
Bryggens Museum display findings of the archaeological excavations of Bryggen from 1955 and contains the foundations of the oldest buildings in…
Bryggen is one of Bergen's and Norway's main attractions. Bryggen was built after the great fire in 1702 and is included on UNESCO's World Heritage…
The silverfactory Arven lets you experience some of the city's best gold - and silversmiths at work, creating precious metal into true pieces of art.
Exhibitions: Women's Contribution to the Armed Forces and The Resistance Struggle 1940-1945.
The tower was built in the 1560s by the governor of Bergen Castle (Bergenhus), Erik Rosenkrantz, and served as a combined residence and fortified…
Håkon’s Hall was built between 1247 and 1261 by Håkon Håkonsson. It was the largest and most imposing building of the royal residency in the…
Bergenhus Fortress is one of Norway’s oldest and best preserved fortifications. The Fortress has a long history as a royal seat, episcopal see and…
Take the Floibanen funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen! Check out the spectacular view of the city, play in the Troll Forest or walk exciting nature…
At Mount Fløyen you will find a large variety of play opportunities and an exciting Troll forrest.
The picturesque Fish Market in Bergen is one of Norway's most visited outdoors markets. The Fish Market sells seafood, fruit and vegetables.
From catechism to flannel boards - Norways oldest school building.
Bergen Cathedral is nearly 900 years old. It started as a church dedicated to Olav the Holy, Norway’s patron saint, around year 1150.
At Storeblå Aquaculture Visitor Centre you can explore a living exhibition that provides knowledge about one of our largest industries - aquaculture
Founded in the 15th c., St. George’s was a hospital for lepers until the middle of the 20th c. The present day buildings date back to the 18th c.
Extensive collection of art and design. Masterpieces by Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, J. C. Dahl and “the Silver Treasure”.