Nature and history lovers will be spoilt for choice in Stavanger, thanks to the impressive array of collections on show at the Stavanger Museum and its constituents. The museum opened its doors in 1877 displaying artefacts in a small wooden house, and has grown to several collections spread across a number of grand buildings in Stavanger.
Explore the natural history and cultural history exhibitions at your own leisure, and get to know Norway even better through the fascinating collections from past and present.
Explore natural history to the canning industry
Stavanger Museum looks at Norwegian history from a broad scope and encompasses a number of individual collections, with each offering something unique, and most are child-friendly.
Natural History Museum
The first ever Stavanger Museum exhibition displayed here in 1893, and was formerly called the Department of Zoology. The natural history collection showcases local fauna and exotic mammals and birds donated to the museum throughout the years by sailors and travellers.
Opened in 1926, this exhibition of the fishing and shipping in Norway offers a glimpse into the last 200 years of the industry.
Get to know what it's like growing up in Norway, with exhibitions detailing the history of childhood in the country. Children will love a visit to the fairy tale castle and getting involved with the activities and play area.
Explore the different crafts and techniques used in the Norwegian Printing Museum. From bookbinding to lithography, aspiring writers will find inspiration here.
Housed in a schoolhouse from the 1920s, at the School Museum you can get dressed up and experience the old Norwegian education system.
Stavanger Art Museum
Set by a lake at Tjensvoll, the art museum showcases over 2,000 artworks from Norwegian and international artists. Highlights include paintings from Norwegian artists Edvard Munch and Lars Hertervig.
Norwegian Canning Museum
Canning was the most important industry in Stavanger from the 1890s to the 1960s, and this museum takes you back in history through exhibitions displaying photographs, machinery and advertisements used in the trade.
If you're interested in the history of industry in the city, a visit to the Oil museum Stavanger is also well worth a trip.
Hotel close to Stavanger attractions
In terms of city centre Stavanger hotels, the Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel offers comfort and some of the city's best attractions right on your doorstep.