But what exactly is an iddis?
Iddis is the Stavanger term for labels on cans. In the local dialect, the word label became ¨iddikett¨, which was later simplified to iddis. The two museums Norwegian Canning Museum and Norwegian Printing Museum share a common industrial history, as it was precisely the need for colourful labels and packaging for the growing canning industry that laid the foundation for the strong printing industry in Stavanger.
IDDIS Norwegian Printing Museum and Norwegian Canning Museum consist of an old canning factory and a new building. In the old factory, Stavanger's important canning industry and the people who made it great are central. In the new building, there are exhibitions about the city's printing industry and the importance of printing for society. In the Print Shop, you can experience how a print was created in the old days, with, among others, hand setting, old printing presses and bookbinding.
Next to the old canning factory, in Øvre Strandgate No 90, you will find the house with so many names: Arbeiderboligen, Thilohuset and Enkesetet. The house was built in 1836 and shows interiors from 1920 and 1960. The house is open daily during the summer season, by appointment and on special occasions during the autumn and winter seasons.
IDDIS Café & Brasserie
In the museum cafe IDDIS Café & Brasserie you can enjoy a delicious meal, a cup of coffee or another drink in historic surroundings. Surrounded by the two museum buildings, the outdoor terrace is one of Stavanger's cosiest and invites you to have a glass or two.
At IDDIS you can experience the old crafts, and throughout the year the smoke oven in the old canning factory is lit and you can taste freshly smoked sprats. There are regular activities and demonstrations in the print shop, and in the family workshop Petit you can try some of the old techniques yourself.