Coastal museum in South – Trøndelag


«We’re telling the story»

In all societies at all times, the storyteller has played an important role in tying the past and the present together. The Coastal Museum will play that role, locally, regionally and nationally. That is why we say: We tell the story.

Coastal culture and fishing have had and are of great importance to the coastal nation of Norway. We harvest from the sea and develop new ways of using marine resources. This is central to the dissemination at the museum.

The Coastal Museum is based at Hitra. We convey recent coastal culture and we document what is happening in our time in the field. The national museum network for fisheries history and coastal culture has assigned the Coastal Museum a special responsibility to ensure knowledge about the emergence and development of the Norwegian aquaculture industry. We have therefore developed a knowledge and dissemination scheme with visits to a fish farm in our local environment. In addition, the museum is a local museum for the host municipality Hitra and has an agreement on cultural conservation tasks in Snillfjord municipality. The Coastal Museum’s properties and collections are owned by the Coastal Museum Foundation in Sør-Trøndelag.

The Coastal Museum has its main base in Hitra’s municipal center Fillan. Here you will find:

Centrally located in Hitra speedboat terminal at Sandstad you will find our aquaculture department. Here you will find the exhibition «The Pioneers». The speedboat terminal is also the starting point for “Stories on the go” and guided tours to fish farms.

Adult: 90,-
Student / honors: 70,-
Children under 16 free


Kystmuseet i Sør – Trøndelag, Museumsplassen 1, 7240 HITRA

Kystmuseets havbruksavdeling, Hamneveien 22, 7246 SANDSTAD

Phone number: 72 44 40 10

Opening hours

Man – Sun: 10.00 – 18.00

Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum

Our exhibitions:

The people of Flatvika

This is an exhibition about a multi-generation family who live on a typical small farm somewhere on the Trøndelag coast in the year 1920. At this time there is an important time difference here on the coast: The transition from the old, millennial coastal culture to our modern times. When you come to Flatvika, you can meet some of those who live there. Using sound showers, you can hear them talking to you and telling you their story.

In the exhibition you see the boathouse and the living room and the little sheep barn. Eventually you will also see more of the people who live here. If you want, you can go into the boathouse and greet the father and son who take care of the firing. Or you might prefer to visit old Karen Flatvika, who is sitting in the kitchen. What is she doing today? At the door of the sheepfold stands a young girl dreaming away. What is she dreaming of? And by the boathouse wall there are two guys, one old and one very young. They must be talking together. Here, the old, exciting stories come to life every single day. “You must have heard of the time when Jens got a trophy with silver from the king himself?” He asks old-Sivert.

Take your time in Flatvika. Get to know those who live there. Use eyes, ears and nose well. Be open to impressions and experiences. Get the mood from another time.

It is also possible to experience the exhibition through the mini-theater “I live live”. Here you meet the people in Flatvika through local actors.

The Russian shipwreck

On a cold and stormy October night in 1760, a Russian naval vessel ran helplessly in the Ramsøy Fjord. During a full storm, the ship finally sank towards Sæbuøya on Hitra. The entire Russian crew perished in the shipwreck … or did they really do that?

The story of the shipwreck of Jedinorog was alive and well for many years among the people of Smøla and Hitra. Eventually, the stories became legends, and over time it became difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy. The stories of the Russian shipwreck have lived on Hitra and Smøla until our time. Now they will be told again in a new and exciting way.

Visit the exhibition “The Russian Shipwreck” and find out what happened when 120 men died in the catastrophic shipwreck. What do Kvennværingene say about what happened? What do the Russians say? What is true? Experience the exhibition and explore for yourself!

Peder Seivåg – with fiddle, paintbrush and Den Glade Grei

Peder Anbjørnsen Seivåg (1847-1913) was a man with many talents and many names. Some he knows as Spæll-Per, others as “Den Glade Grei”. But who was he really?
In this exhibition you get an insight into Peder’s life. An artistic type, with many qualities, but none that would make him a rich man. He traveled around as a painter and musician on Hitra and Frøya and worked for board and lodging.

The many stories about him show that he colored the surroundings, both with and without the paintbrush and he was well known here on the islands and on Møre. But in 1911 he was to become a national celebrity. Peder set out from Ansnes in the Faroese “Den Glade Grei” and was going to Kristiania to meet MP Sivertsen and the King to secure his old age.

The pioneers

In our aquaculture department at Sandstad, you can see the exhibition The Pioneers, which is an exhibition about the first people who, in the 1950s and beyond, tried their hand at fish farming as a business. It was these pioneers who paved the way for the larger companies that came later and which have now developed fish farming for Norway’s second largest export industry.

In the exhibition you will meet 18 pioneers from all over Norway. You get to see and hear about both ups and downs. Here you meet the teachers from Lovund, the sheriff from Hitra and the bus driver from Fusa. The first aquaculture pioneers came from different professions and regions, but in common they believed that aquaculture would be an industry for the future.

The exhibition presents the distinctive story of the nation’s aquaculture pioneers along with a unique image and video material.

The exhibition is free and is located on the 2nd floor of Hitra Speedboat Terminal.

Kystmuseets summer program

In the period 20 June – 20 August, we offer open exhibitions and regular tours of several of our arenas. This is something you can experience at the Coastal Museum in Sør-Trøndelag!

Stories on the go

This summer you can take part in a very special experience! Between Jøsnøya and Hemnskjela, Trondheimsleia is at its narrowest. Here, boat traffic has gone on since time immemorial and many stories are hidden here. We take you on a fast-paced voyage with RIB along this lease. During the trip we stop at selected places and tell stories from the area. Lunch break on Magerøya (lunch is ordered on site and is not included in the price)

Time: Wednesdays 11.00 – 14.30
Departure point: Hitra Speedboat Terminal at Sandstad
Price: NOK 950 per person.
A minimum of 4 people must be registered.
Sailing route: Sandstad – Ystholmen – Terningen lighthouse – Magerøya (Lunch break) – Stokkaunet – Rottem – Hemnskjela – Jøsnøya – Sandstad

Guided tour of fish farms

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00 in the period 20 June – 20 August, you can join our guide out on a fish farm. Get a unique insight into the modern Norwegian aquaculture industry!

Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Departure point: Hitra Speedboat Terminal at Sandstad
Price: Adults: DKK 250. Salary: DKK 150. Family: 500 kr.
A minimum of 4 people must be registered.

Guided tour of the salmon slaughterhouse

Every Friday at 11.00 this summer, you can join our brand new dissemination offer, which gives you an insight into a modern salmon factory.

Duration: 45 min.
Location: Lerøy Jøsnøya, Industriparkvegen 31, 7246 Sandstad
Price: Adults: DKK 90. Salary: DKK 70. Children free.

Guided tour of the war memorials at Hemnskjela

Every Saturday in July at 11.00 there is a tour of the war memorials at Hemnskjela.
Duration: 1 hour
Location: At the command bunker on Vollanhaugen
Price: Adults: DKK 90. Salary: DKK 70. Children free.

Guided tour of the historical cultural landscape on Dolm

On Sunday 26 June and Saturday 23 July, you can join a tour of the old Dolm church and the surrounding cultural landscape.
Duration: 45 minutes
Starting point in front of Dolm church
Price: Adults: DKK 90. Salary: DKK 70. Children free.