ÅBØBYEN AND THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS MUSEUM
Åbøbyen is a residential area with approx. 120 houses built by the Canadian company Electric Furnace Company, Limited. The company required a license to build housing for workers, and people who would later be among the nation’s most prominent architects were assigned to the case (eg Gustav Helland of Stavanger, Ole Landmark and Torgeir Alvsaker from Bergen).
The buildings in Åbøbyen was raised over a period of 60 years, the first in 1916.
The area is characterized by residential structure with class distinction. Multi-family houses were built first, and closest to the factory. Farthest from the factory, and the smoke is detached houses for the higher officials. For foremen and lower functionaries there were built houses suitable for two families.
The first houses in Åbøbyen had at first no electricity or running water, but it was not long before this was arranged. Each apartment had bathroom and water closet, which was unprecedented in working homes.
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the period 25.06-23.08.2019 the Industrial Workers Museum is open from 13.00-16.00
The entrance fee for the museum is NOK. 60 for adult and kr. 30 for children.
It is also possible to join a guided tour that starts from Folkets Hus, which goes through Åbøbyen and ends up at the museum. This tour starts at 12.
Registration and attendance at the Tourist Information Office at Folkets Hus. The trip lasts approx. 1 hour. Price kr. 100, then entrance to the museum is included
For more information look at www.ryfylkemuseet.no