The wharf dates back to 1850 and was built to salt herring, and to store seine nets and boats. The lucrative herring fisheries of the 19th century had a profound impact on western Norway. After these fisheries tapered off, Nesasjøhuset was used as a mechanical workshop and eventually restored to become a museum.
Today it houses two floors of exhibitions, a library and offices, a museum shop and a café. On the third floor you find the exhibition "The Polar Bear" where children can dress up as kings and queen, they can meet the polar bear himself, they can climb the castle tower and dance in the mirror room. In the museum store you can find local literature, handmade products from Ryfylke, jewellery, and other giftwares.
Ryfylke Museum makes a great effort to document and preserve local handicraft traditions – and if you visit one of the area’s farm museums you will gain many insights.