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Guided tours at Schøtstuene and Bryggen

Our tours give you a unique insight into the hanseatic merchant’s everyday life and work at Bryggen. Learn about the story of Bryggen and hanseatic merchants who made Bergen a European trading hub! The guided tour is included in the museum ticket, NOK 120.

 

The Hanseatic Bryggen

Visiting The Hanseatic Museum, Schøtstuene gives you an idea of the life and work of Hanseatic merchants on Bryggen from 1360 to 1761!

We offer guided tours, treasure hunts and activities for all ages. In our garden you may enjoy a packed lunch in a historically significant environment. Schøtstuene lets you explore the life of the Hanseatic merchants, and the assembly rooms they inhabited as a part of the Hanseatic history.

Guided tours start at Schøtstuene and continue through the narrow passageways of the World Heritage Site Bryggen. Tours end outside Bredsgården, where our museum gift shop is located. Here you will find items, books and historical images connected to Bergen and the Hanseatic history.

Explore Bryggen and discover its secrets with us!

We offer guided tours as follows:
15 August - 15 September 2022:
12:00 German
13:00 English
14:00 Norwegian
15:00 English

 

16 September 2022 - 14 May 2023
12:00 Norwegian
13:00 English
14:00 Norwegian- for families with children

Duration: Approx. 40 minutes

Meeting point: Schøtstuene, Øvregaten 50

Price: NOK 120 for adults, NOK 60 for students and children up to 18 years are free.
The ticket includes a guided tour. 

Buy your ticket here!

 

The Hanseatic museum - Finnegården is being restored

 

 Restoration of the museum’s largest object – the Finnegården museum building

Why is the museum being restored?
The museum's main building, Finnegården, was built in 1704 and has been a museum since 1872. It is on UNESCO's world heritage list, and after nearly 150 years, extensive restoration will be underway from October 1st 2018 until spring 2024.
Due to major injuries, the wooden foundation must be replaced and the historic building must be raised to prevent future damage.This is a lengthy process, as the restoration work and the result will reflect the time period it was created. The new building will be a true copy of today's facade. The restoration project has a budget of NOK 337.9 million.
Where can you visit The Hanseatic Museum during the restoration?
As The Hanseatic Museum in Finnegården can not be visited during the restoration process, we have moved our offer to Schøtstuene (Øvregaten 50). These were the assembly halls of the Hanseatic merchants at Bryggen, and have been part of the Hanseatic Museum since 1938. Schøtstuene consists of four living rooms and two cook houses.
In the new exhibitions at Schøtstuene, the audience will gain new insights into the Hanseatic's life and history at Bryggen, as well as an opportunity to follow the restoration process. A unique medieval ruin, sheltered under Schøtstuene, has been made available to the public through its own exhibition through a glass floor. There is also a temporary ticket office and introductory exhibition at Bryggen, where the museum shop is open.
What will the “new” Finnegården be like after the restoration?
The museum will offer new facilities better adapted to wheelchair users.The purpose is to give all our visitors the opportunity to experience one of Bryggens oldest and best preserved houses with original interior from the Hanseatic era. The museum building will have a new reception and shop on the first floor. On the second and third floor, the Hanseatic's life and history will continue to be communicated through new Exhibitions.

Guided tour: a historical walk through Bryggen's past

Bryggens Museum is the starting point for "Bryggen Guiding - on foot", a historical walk through Bryggen's past, from Bryggens Museum to Schøtstuene, the assembly rooms of the Hanseatic merchants. 
Join the Bryggen Guiding Walking Tour and learn about Bergen’s earliest history.

 

The walking tour start inside Bryggens Museum, in the medieval exhibition. Here you can see the remains of the oldest secular buildings and archaeological finds from Bryggen, and hundreds of artifacts that give insight to the life of people in medieval Bergen. Ceramic shards which bear witness to the international trade that took place in the city’s infancy. Gaming pieces and dices that tells us about board games being played as a social activity. Runic inscriptions that show us trading letters, receipts, sexual allusions, and name tags. These are just some of the artifacts you will see and hear about at the museum.

The walking tour then goes outside where we make a quick stop next to St. Mary’s Church to look at the nearby medieval ruins, before we continue in between the old wooden houses at Bryggen. These buildings date back to the 18th century, when Bryggen was rebuilt after the great city fire in 1702. This part of Bryggen is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We continue to the ruin of the medieval Wine Cellar and Town Hall which today lays hidden below a parking house. The Town Hall housed the counsel that governed Bergen, and in its cellar, they sold alcohol, which the counsel had a monopoly on In the Middle Ages.

The tour ends in Schøtstuene, the assembly rooms of the Hanseatic Office, where you will hear more about the Hanseatic merchants and their way of life. During the Hanseatic period open flames were not allowed in the tenements at the front, only in the assembly halls and connected cook houses at the back of Bryggen. Schøtstuene therefore became a natural meeting place, especially during the winter months. Here the German traders met to share meals and gather for court sessions and parties. Schøtstuene also functioned as school rooms for the young apprentices.

The tour goes partly outside so make sure to have suitable clothing. Due to the cobblestone at Bryggen, and the staircases at Schøtstuene, the tour is not recommended for wheelchairs and strollers. Dogs are not allowed on the tour.

Duration 90 minutes. Meeting point Bryggens Museum.

The ticket includes entry to Bryggens Museum and Schøtstuene the same day.

Buy your ticket here.