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Join us on a tour of the former knitwear factory Salhus Tricotagefabrik (1859–1989), and learn about how clothes were produced here. Feel the carded wool between your fingers, hear the noise from the machines, take in the smell of oil and wool, and see the machines in action. Explore the factory town of Salhus, see contemporary Norwegian textile art in the gallery or enjoy the sea views from the café. The museum shop has a good selection of locally produced and unique items, and is well worth a visit.

  • Bygda Salhus utanfor Bergen, med den tidlegare tekstilfabrikken Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. (Foto/Photo)
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    Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. Helge Sunde (Bilde 1 av 7)
  • familie ser på måleri i utstillingslokale (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 2 av 7)
  • rykande kaffikopp i vindaugskarm med vindusblad (Monstera) (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 3 av 7)
  • familie med barn i kafélokale (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 4 av 7)
  • Bygda Salhus utanfor Bergen, med den tidlegare tekstilfabrikken Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. (Foto/Photo)
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    Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. Helge Sunde (Bilde 5 av 7)
  • butikklokale, hylle med fargerike ullskjerf og gåvepapir (Foto/Photo)
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    Hanne Dale /Tekstilindustrimuseet (Bilde 6 av 7)
  • kvinne ser på produkt i butikklokale (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 7 av 7)

The museum offers tailor-made educational programmes for groups, and arranges events about textiles, industrial history, and culture for young and old throughout the year. Hear relevant knitting lectures at our monthly knitting café, or witness the historic premises being transformed into a hand-knitting hygge haven during the annual Bergen Strikkefestival (Bergen Knit Fest), every year in the last weekend of September. The Textile Industry Museum is a nice place for families with children, with its separate guided tours for children, a playing corner in the café, and textile activities for children.

A Crowning Achievement

The textile industry was among the first industries to be established in Norway. The region around Bergen was central to the development, with major companies such as Arne Fabrikker, Janus, and Dale Fabrikker (or the export-oriented Dale of Norway). Many of the factories produced knitwear. Salhus Tricotagefabrik was known
for making durable everyday garments, and their Krone Maco cotton underwear became a staple in the Norwegian wardrobe. The factory produced woollen sweaters, underwear, socks, and sportswear for 130 years. Today, The Textile Industry Museum is located at the factory premises, and tells the story of the Norwegian textile industry based on the factory town of Salhus.

  • Salhus Tricotagefabrikk sett frå sjøen, mellom ca. 1880-1895. Salhus Tricotagefabrik i Salhus omkring 1880. Heilt til høgre er kolhuset der kolskutene la til. Kolet blei heist opp i tønner til 2.etasje, der det blei tømt over i trillebårer og køyrt til kolbingen. 

Til høgre bak fabrikkbygningen ligg skulehuset frå 1878. Det ligg arbeidarbustadar framfor og til venstre for skulehuset. I "1860-boligen" til venstre budde jenter på loftet og familiar i leilegheitene i etasjane under. Nede ved sjøen til venstre i biletet ligg smia og huset til Johannes Vedå, som til seinare vart smed i Salhus Væverier. Deretter ser vi huset der "Hilda-butikken" kom seinare. Dei fire husa bak desse var av dei eldste i Salhus.. Foto/Photo.
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    Bildet er hentet fra DigitaltMuseum. For info om lisens, eier, fotograf etc. se digitaltmuseum.no/021017877287 (Bilde 1 av 7)
  • Gruppeportrett av arbeidarane ved Salhus Tricotagefabrik utanfor Bergen, i 1893. Disponent Phillip Christian Clausen og son hans Emil Clausen i midten av biletet.. Foto/Photo.
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    Bildet er hentet fra DigitaltMuseum. For info om lisens, eier, fotograf etc. se digitaltmuseum.no/021017100468 (Bilde 2 av 7)
  • Den tidlegare tekstilfabrikken Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. (Foto/Photo)
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    Salhus Tricotagefabrik sett frå sjøen. Trond Isaksen (Bilde 3 av 7)
  • Mann og barn går opp trapp i fabrikklokale (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 4 av 7)
  • mann og barn i fabrikklokale med maskiner (Foto/Photo)
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    Tove Lise Mossestad (Bilde 5 av 7)
  • Strikkemaskiner i gammalt fabrikklokale (Foto/Photo)
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    Trond Isaksen /Riksantikvaren (Bilde 6 av 7)
  • Detalj på tvinnemaskin med garn (Foto/Photo)
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    Trond Isaksen /Riksantikvaren (Bilde 7 av 7)

A Hidden Gem

The factory has an idyllic location by the seaside just north of Bergen city centre. Uphill behind the factory you will find a densely built environment with houses for the workers as well as the director, a schoolhouse and an old people's home. Salhus Tricotagefabrik was one of the first fully mechanised knitwear factories in Norway, and part of the first wave of industrialization. The town illustrates the cultural and economic changes that have taken place in Norway from 1850 until today: the development from an agricultural society to a modern industrial nation.

A Compact Industrial Society

Salhus grew from a small town with an inn, a stopover on the way from Bergen, to a busy industrial society with three textile factories: Salhus Tricotagefabrik, Salhus
Væverier and Birkelund Trikotasjefabrikk. It was a small society where town and factory were two sides of the same coin, and at most around 700 people worked in the textile industry here.

When the smoke from the factory chimney stopped, the industrial site was preserved as an example of the Norwegian textile industry. The facility became part of The Directorate for Cultural Heritage conservation programme for technical and industrial heritage sites in 1997, and today it is the only national industrial monument in Bergen. The museum opened to the public in 2001, after several years of restoration work on the buildings and machinery. In 2020, the site was protected by The Directorate for
Cultural Heritage.