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  • Welcome to Vigsnes Mine Museum.
  • The Oscar’s Gate – the entrance to the old mine that extended 730 metres underground.
  • Welcome to the Museum in Mælandsgården, Skudeneshavn. For rich servings of town history in authentic surroundings.
  • The Museum in Mælandsgården, Skudeneshavn.
  • Karmøy Fishery Museum’s unusual shape is the work of internationally famed architects Snøhetta, who also did the new Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo.
  • The Fishery Museum shows developments in fisheries since the advent of motorised boats until the present and features a saltwater aquarium and cafe.
  • The Nora Wharf is one of the very few herring salteries still intact.
  • Åkrehamn Coastal Museum, situated on the waterfront, displays a large collection of artefacts and photographs of Karmøy as a key fishery centre, and contact point for the trade that the island enjoyed with America.

Museums

Karmøy has four museums telling the island’s history over the past several hundred years. Skudeneshavn’s Museum in Mælandsgården tells the story of the town that grew on the back of the herring fisheries. Åkrehamn Coastal Museum and Karmøy Fishery Museum display the cultural heritage of the coast and the fishing community that was so vital to the people of Karmøy. At Visnes Norway’s largest copper mine once stood, which supplied the cladding for the Statue of Liberty in New York. The Nordvegen History Centre reflects on Norway’s history over the past 3500 years.

Visnes Mine Museum

In its day Visnes Copper Mine was the largest and most modern in Northern Europe. Operating in two periods between 1865–1972 the mine produced 4.2 million tonnes of unrefined copper, zinc and sulphur. In 1882 we are told that Visnes was “Norway’s largest workplace”, with almost 1000 workers at the peak. In just a few years the hamlet at Visnes was transformed to become a thriving mining town, with almost 3000 inhabitants, school, hospital, dairy and shops. Open in summer.

The Museum in Mælandsgården

The Mæland Museum inhabits an old, listed timber building in Skudeneshavn. The town itself grew up in the 19th Century on the back of the bountiful herring fisheries. Visitors will get an idea of how the town expanded, see how a prosperous family of merchants lived 150 years ago, and examine the craftsmanship that formed the streets. Open in summer.

Åkrehamn Coastal Museum

This interesting collection, situated in the fishing harbour, has displays of many artefacts and photographs of bygone days, when Karmøy was a leading fishing hub, and links with America were close. The Nora Wharf is one of just a few salted herring factories still intact. Open in summer.

Karmøy Fishery Museum

Exhibits show how the fisheries have developed from the first days of motor-powered boats to the present. The Saltwater Aquarium and Café are both worth a visit. The striking visual appearance of the building is the work of the Snøhetta architectural team, who also did the new National Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the Great Library of Alexandria, in Egypt. Open in summer.

Nordvegen History Centre

Here you can meet Harald Fairhair who united Norway, making Avaldsnes Norway’s oldest royal seat. Harald stands ready to guide visitors through 3500 years of historical time, when Avaldsnes was the place where Norway and continental Europe met and interacted. Harald tells of his realm and introduces some of the barons who ruled over Avaldsnes and controlled shipping up and down the North Way coast.