Bergen Museum

Bergen, Norway

Bergen Museum or officially The University Museum of Bergen was founded in 1825. It is divided into two departments, the Natural History Collections and the Cultural History Collections and Public Outreach and exhibitions. It is also the caretaker of the museum garden, formerly the botanical garden, surrounding the natural history building, and the city's arboretum. The cultural history museum exhibits the history of region from the Stone Age to Viking Age and modern history.

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Muséplassen 3, Bergen, Norway
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Founded: 1825
Category: Museums in Norway

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en.wikipedia.org
www.uib.no

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User Reviews

Pieter Jouwsma (3 years ago)
An interesting museum, however the descriptions are mostly in Norwegian without any translation.
Vitor Gomes Gomes (3 years ago)
Nice place with Norwegian history and much more.
Robert (3 years ago)
This museum has probably the most fantastic exhibit on churches in Norway I've ever seen. Not to mention the other exhibits. The first floor didn't have a lot of English translations, but the exhibits were still easy to understand and absolutely fantastically put together. The rest of the museum had full translations for everything in English and Norwegian. Lastly, the staff was super helpful and friendly.
Yoga Chick (3 years ago)
I was blown away by the collection of medieval art & artifacts from the 1200s-1600s in the religious section
Tam Char (3 years ago)
I was surprised to find a big collection of Russian icons 17 and 18 centuries at the museum.
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