The Canning Museum is located in the premises of the former canning factory in Øvre Strandgate 88, which is a part of the city known as 'Gamle Stavanger' (Old Stavanger). In this authentic factory environment, the production of canned brisling and fish balls can still be seen.
From the 1890s to approximately 1960, the canning industry was Stavanger's most significant trade. The exhibition provides insight into the environment and the working conditions of the canning factories. The complete process, from the arrival of the fresh fish until the cans leave the factory, can be seen in detail. The machinery is still in good technical condition, and on every first Sunday of the month, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer season, the smoking ovens are lit. On these days visitors can taste freshly smoked brisling right from the oven.
Next to the museum is the Worker's cottage, an authentic 1800s house built in regency style architecture. Make sure to pay a visit when you come to the museum.
The aim of the restoration work has been to illustrate how a house of this kind may have been decorated in two different time periods. On the first floor the interior dates back to c.1920, and on the second floor to c.1960. The house was officially made over to Stavanger Museum in 1997 and was opened for the public in 2000.
In addition to renovating and decorating the house, the museum has acquired household products and objects from the 1920s and 1960s in order to create the right atmosphere.