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IDDIS opens May 8th

Norwegian Canning Museum and Norwegian Printing Museum are colocating

The colocation of the Norwegian Canning Museum and the Norwegian Printing Museum will give a boost to the whole city. In IDDIS you’ll find new exhibitions about Stavanger’s important industry and the people who ‘put Stavanger on the map’. On the new building’s ground floor, you’ll find exhibitions about the printing industry in Stavanger and the significance of written language and the art of printing for society. The print shop on the upper floor has the actual machines used in printing. Here you can discover how pre-digital printed matter came into being in the typesetting room and print shop, and how it was finished in the book bindery. With the new museum café, this will be a natural meeting place in Old Stavanger.

Why the name IDDIS?
Iddis is the Stavanger term for labels, particularly tin cans. The Norwegian word for label, etikett, became in local dialect "iddikett", which was later simplified to iddis.

The two museums Norwegian Canning Museum and Norwegian Printing Museum share a common industrial history, as it was precisely the need for colorful labels and packaging for the growing canning industry that laid the foundation for the strong graphic industry in Stavanger.

Iddiser fra Dreyers Grafiske Anstalt
Iddiser (labels) from Dreyers Grafiske Anstalt / Norwegian Printing Museum