The old wharf Nesasjøhuset is one of many historically important buildings in Sand. Situated at the northern end of the fjordside village, it now houses the Ryfylke Museum.
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. 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.