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Seal hunting vessel museum - Visit this historical vessel and make some Arctic discoveries
The Vesterålen Museum was founded on the basis of a private initiative in the 1920’s. At that time it was located in Rødgården House in Melbu town centre, a building dating back to the 1700’s that was moved there for that purpose. Today, the Vesterålen Museum has been re-established in the venerable, old Melbu Hovedgård mansion.
The old Trading Post at Jennestad (8 km from Sortland): An old trading post, located by the sea, easily accessible by boat – as it should be in the old days. Time has stood still after the closing of the shop in 1982. The shelves offers authentic products of all kinds, and you may also visit the old post office and ship expedition office.
Free entrance. Visitors may buy locally produced arts and crafts (husflid), postcards, sweets, literature and more. Nearby art gallery (100 m) also well worth a visit.
Gallery "Lalla" is located in the centre of Vrådal, in the same building as the tourist information. The gallery displays work of the danish artist Louis Moe, famous for his fairytale inspired drawings.
The Basic Exhibition: Developments in the fishing village – a journey through time
The Øksnes of today emerges as a high-tech fishing village, based on several thousand years of experience. Fishing has been going on in Øksnes since the Stone Age. With the help of archaeogical finds and sites, together with written sources, we can follow developments in the fishing villages from the Stone Age to the present.
BØ I VESTERÅLEN
The Museum in Bø is beautifully located by the sea, in a landscape where fairytale characters still are alive. The female "hulder" and the "draugen", a creature living in the sea are to be seen by those who have patience and a vivid imagination.
The national fishing industry museum was established in the spring of 1991 as a public institution, and was named Norsk Fiskeindustrimuseum. The University of Tromsø, University of Bergen, NHH Bergen, Norges sildesalgslag, Sildemelfabrikkenes landsforening, LO, SND, Vesterålen regionråd, Hadsel kommune, Melbu Fiskeindustri, Vesterålsmuseet and NAKV are members of the institution.
In the "Kulturfabrikken" Cultural house in Sortland, the museum shows various exhibitions. Different themes, expressions and perspectives are welcoming the visitors.
At Kunstbanken, Norwegian as well as international art of high quality are exhibited in both new and old surroundings full of character. The art centre...