Homeport Stavanger

New exhibition at Stavanger maritime museum

On Saturday 14 May, the Stavanger Maritime Museum opens its doors after having been closed for two years. During the time the museum has been closed, employees at the Department of cultural, maritime and industrial history have planned and built up the exhibition ‘Homeport Stavanger’ which tells about the city's harbor history through 500 years.

The harbor has always been an important place in Stavanger. Here, people, goods and vessels have been gathered together through good times and bad times and times of transition. It has provided shelter from the weather, been a workplace for many, a trading place filled with goods from all over the world, a meeting place and a stop on the journey out into the world.

Through selected people, the exhibition tells about the period from the Middle Ages to today. In a meeting with pirate Elise, the couple Hans and Henrica, the boy Thomas and the telegraph operator Frida, you get to know both their stories, but also the city's history.

Stavanger's identity has been closely linked to the city's fleet. The various vessels have transported people and goods all over the world and connected us more closely. What goods have been transported to and from the city?

In the exhibition you will find a media table where you can explore maps of the city from the 18th century to the present day. How has the city developed, and what activities have taken place here? Here you can dive into layers upon layers with pictures of the city, people, boats and companies.