COASTAL HERITAGE MUSEUM
Museet Kystens Arv
Kystens Arv (“Costal Heritage”) is a coastal heritage museum focusing on the building and use of traditional clinker built boats. This is one of the country’s nicest museums, combining a boat building yard, historic rose garden, restaurant with outdoor dining area and one of Norway’s largest collections of traditional clink built, square rig boats. At Kystens Arv they preserve the noblest of coastal traditions: the craftsmanship, the stories and the cooperation. The museum has an idyllic setting with beautiful views of the coastal rocks in Stadsbygd.
The boatyard is a part of the museum, and builds traditional Norwegian wooden boats on demand.
At the museum they have a traditional boatyard with three boat builders and one apprentice. The workshop produces and sells boats on demand, and shows the craftsmanship to visitors. Another important part of the boatyard is apprenticeship, so that the knowledge and tradition is being kept alive, always handing the knowledge and craftsmanship on to new generations. The art of boatbuilding is tacit knowledge, it cannot be learned to the fullest simply by reading a book, and therefore needs to be kept alive to be protected. Writing about it is just not enough. Einar, the master boat builder, learned from an old local boat builder, and so the knowledge and tradition has been handed down through an unbroken chain of craftsmen, which Kystens Arv is still a part of today – and proudly so!