The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene tells the story of how the Hanseatic merchants lived and traded in Bergen for 400 years.
In the heart of Bryggen in Bergen you find the iconic Midthuset, the perfect place to start your Hanseatic experience. Join our guided tours through narrow passages at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bryggen. The tour ends at Schøtstuene, the last Hanseatic assembly rooms in the world.
The Hanseatic Museum and Schøtstuene assembly rooms tell the story of how the Hanseatic merchants lived and traded in Bergen for 400 years. Daily guided tours and new exhibitions let you explore all aspects of the Hanseatic life, from the unique trade collaboration to daily life in Bergen. Here you really get the feeling of how it was living in Bergen during this era. A unique ruin from approx. 1280,
hidden underneath the building, has been made visible through a glass floor and has its own exhibition.
The assembly rooms (Schøtstuene)
Due to the risk of fire, heating and lighting were not allowed in the tenements. Each tenement on Bryggen therefore had a communal assembly room (schøtstue) with a cookhouse. The schøtstue was a place for the people from the tenement to gather in winter. After a long day’s work in cold, dark surroundings, people would gather in warm, well-lit assembly rooms in the evening.
The exhibitions at Schøtstuene will give you new insights into the UNESCO world heritage site Bryggen and The Hanseatic League. You get the opportunity to follow the extensive restoration process of the museum's largest object - the 315-year-old museum building in Finnegården 1A - once the Hanseatic trade hall. The restoration will last for approx. six years.
The German merchants came sailing into Vågen, the harbour of Bergen, in the 13th century, and their presence would have a massive impact on the city. The Hanseats’ comprehensive network extended across many countries and made Bergen one of Northern Europe’s largest cities during the Hanseatic period. With their trading activities the Hanseats made their mark on economic, political and cultural developments in the Nordic countries and large parts of Europe for several hundred years.
The once so powerful Hanseats had their last outpost in Bergen. Bryggen was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979 and represents the memory of a lost trading culture.
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