The west end of the main building’s ground floor and basement and the focal areas for transformation. The work will be completed by summer 2017.
‘After receiving government funding, we are eager to start renewing the old museum building which was constructed in 1893. Stavanger Museum will be transformed into a unique meeting place with activities and exhibitions that the public find engaging and relevant. It will have good public facilities suited to visitors of all ages and levels of mobility’, says Siri Aavitsland, Stavanger Museum’s CEO.
New and exciting café
The new café area will be divided into three parts: the section closest to the Norwegian Children’s Museum will have seating for the youngest visitors. Here there will be old archival furniture with drawers that can be opened and closed, such that visitors of all ages can peek inside. In this room there will also be small cases with objects related to the exhibitions in the rest of the museum. In addition, there will be taxidermic animals the children can touch.
The Bird Room
At the café’s opposite end, visitors will find ‘The Bird Room’. Here it will be possible to enjoy food and drinks in the ambience of vitrines containing the museum’s oldest bird exhibition. The glass cases will be filled with exotic birds. This room will have a quieter atmosphere. If needs be, ‘The Bird Room’ can be transformed into a lecture hall, or used for seminars and conferences.
The museum’s basement will have a new entrance for school classes and kindergartens. The cloak room will be enlarged and contain lockable lockers and additional toilets. The basement will also have an all-purpose room. In the remaining part there will be a new natural history exhibition that tells the story behind the specimens the museum has collected since 1877.
The Norwegian Children’s Museum will remain open
The civic history exhibitions on the museum’s upper level will be closed during the renovation period and will eventually give way to new exhibitions. Nevertheless, during the renovation period, we still offer programmes for school classes. Many will be glad to learn that the exhibitions in the Norwegian Children’s Museum will be open on the weekends throughout the entire renovation period. School classes and kindergartens will also be able to take guided tours in the Children’s Museum on weekdays during the given period.
‘It means a great deal to us to be able to keep these exhibitions open on the weekends. They are very popular for adults as well as children, and of course it was only recently that we opened the completely new exhibition ‘900 Years of Childhood’, says Hege Stormark, acting director of the museum’s cultural history section.