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Welcome to Salhus: discover a miniature industrial society, less than 17 minutes from the city centre of Bergen!

Join us on a tour of the former knitwear factory Salhus Tricotagefabrik (1859–1989), and learn more about clothing production in the factory. 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.

Book a guided tour

Join us on a guided tour of the factory. Time: approx. 40 min. + film (24 min.)

Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the museum. Buy tickets and see times for guided tours of the factory via the link below:

Public transport

You can travel to the museum by bus. From Bergen city center you can take bus nr. 3 or nr. 4 to Åsane Terminal. From Åsane Terminal you can take bus nr. 35 to Salhus kai. 

  • man and boy looks at painting in exhibition space
    Tove Lise Mossestad
  • Salhus Tricotagefabrik as seen from the seaside.
    Trond Isaksen
  • The town Salhus outside Bergen, with the former textile mill Salhus Tricotagefabrik and worker's housing.
    Trond Isaksen/Riksantikvaren
  • boy in knitted sweater operates knitting machine at The Textile Industry Museum
    Tove Lise Mossestad

Galleri Salhus

Stop by our exhibition space for the latest Norwegian textile art, and exhibitions on themes such as textiles, industry, work and sustainability throughout the year. For more information about our current exhibition, see our Facebook page.

  • Tove Lise Mossestad

Café Krone

Sample homemade rolls and delicious cakes, local ice cream and other baked goods in the café. There is outdoor seating in front of the factory and on a terrace facing the sea, and plenty of space indoors, with a separate corner in the café where the children can play while you enjoy your coffee.

  • Tove Lise Mossestad

The museum shop

Stop by the museum shop for a pair of woollen socks produced on our sock knitting machines. Or what about a Salhus sweater?

Woolly gifts

Salhus Tricotagefabrik was known for making  durable everyday clothes. We still knit woollen sweaters, socks, and t-shirts on the old machines, and make new versions of the classic garments. The finished fabric is transported from the knitting department, and goes through washing, cutting, sewing, pressing, and labelling before the products ends up on the shelf in our museum shop. They are knitted at the museum and sewn locally, either by us or in collaboration with other local businesses. Our hand knitting kits contain patterns and yarn plied at the museum. Stop by for unique fibre-based gifts, and a memento of your visit.

We also carry a selection of local crafts and design, including clothes
and textiles, gifts that you will not find everywhere. And of course, we sell books on knitting, textiles and local history, and some smart toys. The shop has the same opening hours as the museum.

Enter the oldest part of the factory and follow the production from carding, spinning, and winding, to knitted fabric and finished garments. Feel carded wool between your fingers, hear the sounds of the machines, take in the smell of wool and engine oil, and see the machines in operation.

Time: approx. 40 minutes + film 24 minutes.

Join us in the search for Bændik the sheep! What happens to his wool, and how can it become a sweater? Hear and watch machines in operation while we try to find Bændik, who has hidden in many strange places in the factory. And maybe you can try your hand at knitting? Time: approx. 30 minutes. Suitable for children between 3 and 8 years old.

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