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Discover Ålesund’s history

With its old history, modern touch, innovation and good art environment, Ålesund has a lot to offer from the city´s museums and attractions. The short distances in the city center allows you to experience a lot in one day, or immerse yourself in what you find most interesting. Visit some of our museums, attractions and monuments while here – we are sure you will enjoy it!


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Aalesund Aquarium


Since 1998, the foundation Atlanterhavsparken has been one of northern Europe’s largest and most unique sea water aquariums. As the Norwegian aquarium, we are a showcase for life along the Norwegian coast and the Atlantic. Facing the ocean, the rich fishing grounds and the deep Norwegian fjords, the visitors can observe, experience and learn about life at sea – the
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Aalesunds Museum


From the city’s emergence as a seafaring town to events such as the great fire and the German occupation, Aalesunds Museum provides a genuine insight into the history of Ålesund. Centrally located on Museumshaugen, overlooking the city and its surrounding islands, awaits an entertaining and educational experience for all visitors. Exhibitions Aalesunds Museum features permanent and temporary exhibitions with an
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Molja Lighthouse


Experience Molja lighthouse (Molja Fyr). 150 year-old lighthouse at the entrance to the harbour of Ålesund. The interior of the lighthouse is completely round, only 3 meters in diameter, but through effective use of the available spaces, Molja now boasts a bedroom upstairs and a bathroom downstairs. The interior design was carried out by Snohetta, Norway’s most well known architects
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Sunnmoere Museum


Many attractions in one place at Sunnmoere Museum (Sunnmøre Museum) Welcome to visit the open-air museum with its vast collection of old houses and vast boat collection. Enjoy a stroll between the picturesque houses and the indoor exhibitions, and get an insight into the cultural and architectural history of Sunnmøre. Sunnmøre Museum, founded, in 1931, is a folk museum of
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The Art Nouveau Centre


Stiftelsen Kulturkvartalet is a non-profit foundation that operates Jugendstilsenteret and KUBE. Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. The catastrophic fire of 1904 left the town of Ålesund in ashes. The rebuilding created one of Europe’s most characteristic architectural environments in the Art Nouveau style.
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The House That Did Not Burn


Miracles happen: The House That Did Not Burn (Waldehuset) Waldehuset was the only house in the eastern district which was not burned down during the great fire of January 23rd 1904. Come and hear the incredible story of the miracle house. FREE ADMISSION, WELCOME! About ten thousand people became homeless when 850 homes went lost during the great fire in
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The Sugar Top


Hiking to The Sugar Top (Sukkertoppen) From the top there are superb views of Ålesund, against Godøya and out to the sea. Sukkertoppvegen road starts at the roundabout in Hessaskaret. Follow the road westwards until you find the sign where the trail starts to the right just after nr. 22. The path is graveled in the beginning and continues as a
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