Night at the museum

Finally october. Finally atumn darkness. Finally Museum Night. October 28th at 19-23.

Human and animal bones that are thousands of years old. An osteoarchaeologist tells the stories of the bones. Human and animal bones that are thousands of years old. An osteoarchaeologist tells the stories of the bones.

The museum of Archaeology and Stavanger Museum invite you to go behind the facades and staged settings - to hav expreiences and impressions inall the nooks and crannies of the museums. Use all senses to explore our museums; Touch, feel, see, hear, taste. 

For what actually happend at a museum after darkness falls? In the garden in the basement, and in the attic?

There are many exciting and fun activities at both mueusm this evening. The lectures are in Norwegian, but all other activities ar suited to all language groups. 

Programme at the Museum of Archeaology

At the entrance 
Juggling and fire tricks with the Flaks Juggling Group.  Hot welcome drinks served.

Time Machine: Take a time machine back to the Stone Age and visit a Stone Age settlement. Try the fire bench , go fishing in the log boat and sharpen greenstone.


Stamp leather with your initials in runes.

The café
Evening menu: Pizza, apple cake with cream, cinnamon buns and hot chocolate.

“I found it, I found it.” An archaeologist shows off finds from this year’s excavations.

Using drones on archaeological digs.

What happens to excavation findings?

A conservator explains how they work with the artefacts in the laboratory after they have been excavated. 

Museum courtyard     

Visit the Viking tent, grind your own flour and fry your own pan bread over the fire.

Light up the night. Join us in lighting a fire the Stone Age and Viking way.

 8 p.m:  Sword fighting with the Rygene Hærkamp Viking Re-enactment Cub.

Afterwards, you will have a chance to meet the warriors and even try your hand at Viking fighting techniques.


New exhibitions: “Meet the Human” and “The Chosen Ones”.

Human and animal bones that are thousands of years old. An osteoarchaeologist tells the stories of the bones.

Meet a rune archaeologist and learn more about runic inscriptions.

Goodies from the archive. Original field drawings and notes from the first archaeological surveys at Vistehola in 1907 and 1910.

Curiosity cabinet – Rarities from our collection.

“A red thread” – Learn about wool and spinning yarn. Try your hand at spinning yarn on a spindle.

 7.15 and 9 p.m. Storytelling performance “Gerd and Freyr – a Norse courtship” as told by Tomas Kinck Wold (in Norwegian) . Suitable children from 5 years of age and older (approx. 20 min.)


2nd floor

Sweets workshop at the Golden Seeds exhibition: Make sweets together with our botanists, inspired by the world of seeds.

Join a botanist in our seed exhibition “Golden Seeds” and learn more about the “chocolate seed” – the cocoa bean.

Have a look under the microscope.

Grind your own barley with a rotary grinder.

Make a “helicopter seed”.

The restoration of Stavanger Cathedral.

Learn how stone sculptures are repaired and try your hand as a stonecutter.*

The library

Writing on the Wall – use a torch to find invisible symbols. Fun prizes.

Colouring for young and old.

Take a break in the library – Food for thought and food for your stomach.

 10 p.m.: Evening Lecture by Merete Jonvik, IRIS: What has oil done to us? Cultural preferences and social differences (approx. 30 min.)

Programme for Stavanger museum