Text by Norsk Trikotasjemuseum
Underwear, socks and warm sweaters were the main goods produced at Salhus Tricotagefabrik. The knitting mill was established in 1859, during the first period of industrialisation in Norway, and was the first modern, Norwegian knitwear plant. As a result of this establishment an entire community grew in the little village with bakeries, various stores, shoemakers, blacksmiths, a doctor, a bank, a post office, a nursing home, lodges and an assembly building. Today Salhus is resembles an open-air museum with buildings from the whole industrial period, from the 1860´s to the 1950´s.
Products from Salhus Tricotagefabrik were not only sold to Norwegian blue-collar workers, fishermen and farmers. The trademark Krone (Crown) was also well known outside the country and was especially popular in Sweden, Japan and the United States. In 1989 the knitwear mill was closed, due to their inability to compete with similar products imported from low-cost countries.
Today most of the plant is a part of the Norsk Trikotasjemuseum (The Museum of Norwegian Knitting Industry), and great efforts have been made in persevering the plant and its production equipment. Visitors to the museum may be guided through the old production area. Here they can see how knitted clothes are produced, how the raw materials are made into yarn, then into knitted fabric, and finally manufactured into clothes like the popular “Salhus sweater”. Naturally, the sweater may be purchased in the museum shop.
The Museum of Norwegian Knitting Industry is located about 20 km north of Bergen. The museum is the only one of its kind in the country. It is also one of the 10 technical industrial plants of cultural heritages, which enjoys the highest national priority in Norway.
Exhibitions, film, museum shop, café and visitor’s dock.
How to get to the Museum of Norwegian Knitting Industry
By bus: From Bergen city centre bus no. 280 or from Åsane Bus Terminal bus no. 35. Alternatively bus no. 90 marked “s” in the time table.
By car: Road E39 to Åsane, follow road 564 to Salhus.
Norwegian name: Norsk Trikotasjemuseum.
Location: Located about 20 km north of Bergen.
Distance to Fish Market: 20000 meters.
Address: Salhusvegen 201, Salhus
Telephone: +47 55 25 10 80.