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