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21 museums – 1000 stories
What is Museum Nord?

Get to know Norway! Meet those who worked in the mountains, in the mines and in the fields. The sea has always offered great wealth for those who knew how to harvest it – Vikings, landowners, traders and industrialists – with power and vigor. Over the years trade and communication have brought substantial development and wealth to the region and the nation. Among other things, Coastal Highway 1 – an 1100km-long corridor connecting communities in the northern part of the country – was developed by a determined group of entrepreneurs. Life in the north cultivates ‘everyday heroes’ who demonstrate feats of amazing dimensions. To save comrades from shipwreck, to feed a family from barren land, required strong men – and women. During the war or conflict situations, life was particularly difficult for both rich and poor. Daily life could be hard work but space was always made for liveliness and fun, for good stories, and for many forms of art.

The many arms of Museum Nord offer a rich story: Come meet fisher-farmers and other women. Get to know the captains, Vikings and landowners. Hear tales of miners and navvies. Learn about fishermen, traders and artists. We’ll bring you face-to-face with the past of Northern Norway, in war and peace.

Let yourself be inspired and amazed – 21 museums are ready to share a 1000 stories. Welcome!

An overview of all our museums
Museum Nord Narvik, Narvik
Ballangen Museum, Ballangen
Museum Nord Divtasvuodna Tysfjord, Kjøpsvik and Korsnes

Andøymuseet, Andenes
Øksnes Museum, Alsvåg
Sortland Museum, Sortland
Bø Museum, Vinjesjøen
Norwegian Hurtigruten Museum, Stokmarknes
Norwegian Fish Industry Museum, Melbu
Vesterålen Museum, Melbu


Lofoten War Memorial Museum, Svolvær
SKREI Experience Center Lofoten, Lofoten Museum, Storvågan, Kabelvåg
SKREI Experience Center Lofoten, Gallery Espolin, Storvågan, Kabelvåg
SKREI Experience Center Lofoten, Lofoten Aquarium, Storvågan, Kabelvåg
Lofotr Vikingmuseum, Borg in Lofoten
Skaftnes Farm/Gård/Vestvågøy Museum, Skaftnes
Fygle Museum/Vestvågøy Museum, Fygle
Norwegian Telecom Museum, avd. Sørvågen, Sørvågen
Norwegian Fishing Village Museum, Å in Lofoten

Se fullstendig kart over alle våre museer.


Museum Nord was founded on 13 December 2002. Museum Nord is the so-called consolidated museum unit organizing the museums around northern Nordland.

The Ministry of Culture wanted to reform the national museum agency as a whole, all across Norway. The goal was to form a reasonable number of stable professional administrative units to run the nation’s museums. Work to reform museums in the Nordland region began in spring 2002. There are three regional museum units in Northern Norway today: Helgeland Museum (the southern county), Nordland Museum (Salten) and Museum Nord (northern Nordland).


The Museum Nord is a foundation that shall work with collecting and documenting museum sites and objects, carry out research, and disseminate the cultural and natural history of Ofoten, Vesterålen and Lofoten. In this context the museum will be working with the preservation of archaeological and architectural monuments and physical environments of culture-historical significance, and to protect objects, written sources, images and oral traditions. The foundation shall carry out tasks related to communicating this knowledge and displaying these treasures, based on this work.

The Museum Nord foundation will be a centre of expertise for all activities related to museums in the region and shall focus on supporting coordinative and collaborative work on a local and regional level. The foundation must also be involved in the development of museum functions at a county level, and shall participate in national/international networks and collaborations.

Vision for Museum Nord

“A multifarious collection of history and stories from the north that can be surprising, interesting and amazing!”

Museum Nord shall aim to be a unified, innovative, uniform and well-run museum unit. We shall lay out many thematic and distinct goals to attract visitors and communicate information based on current topics of interest. Museum Nord aims to surprise and amaze our customers, visitors and users and keep them interested.

Museum Nord’s economy should be sustainable in terms of operations and future development. We shall stimulate interest among customer groups and the public, and increase visitor numbers to 220,000 visitors per year.

Museum Nord shall be acknowledged as a producer and promoter of knowledge that communicates information within our thematic areas of expertise:
– Fishing industry, fisher-farmer society, fishing industry and our marine resources
– Mining industry
– The Viking Age
– Shipping, navigation and trade

Archaeology, ancient and modern history, ethnic relations, natural resources and immaterial cultural heritage shall form a comprehensive basis for our work. Museum Nord shall work to protect and archive documentation and manage buildings, collections, cultural heritage zones and immaterial cultural heritage as thoroughly as possible.

(From the strategic plan for 2014-2019)


The agency’s administration is divided in two locations: The personnel and archiving functions are located in Melbu (Hadsel), while the economy and marketing functions are located in Borg (Vestvågøy). The main office is in Melbu.

There are approximately 53 permanent employees working for the Museum Nord foundation. There are approximately 13 full time equivalent positions (as person-years) at Lofotr Næringsdrift AS (a company wholly-owned by Museum Nord).
See a list of all our staff here.

Board of Directors
Museum Nord’s highest administrative body is its Board of Directors, consisting of nine individuals who represent the three regions and thematic museums, academic environments, employees and the County Municipality of Nordland.

See a list of our Board Members here
Museum Nord – Board of Directors 2016/17

Museum Nord’s board comprises nine members with deputies:

Chair: Randi Melgaard, Narvik
Deputy: Oddny T. Olsen, Vestvågøy

Acting Chair: Søren Fredrik Voie, Vestvågøy
Deputy: Lars Stenvik, Trondheim

Board Member: Svein Roar Jacobsen, Sortland
Deputy: Hilde Hansen, Øksnes

Board Member: Anne-Rita Nicklasson, Ballangen
Deputy: Stig Eriksen, Tysfjord

Board Member: Hugo Bjørnstad, Vågan
Deputy: Aino Ellingsen, Vågan

Board Member: Stephen Wickler, Tromsø
Deputy: Keth Lind, Tromsø

Board Member: Svein Spjelkavik, Andøy
Deputy: Jørun Drevland, Sortland

Board Member: Kristine Moltu (staff representative)
Deputy: Julie Sæther

Board Member: Stian Fleines (staff representative)
Deputy: Terje Bøe

For further information, please contact the administration at Museum Nord.

The committee consists of one person from each of the municipalities who assist in the foundation’s operations. The three regions of Ofoten, Vesterålen and Lofoten also appoint one member each.

The committee meets once a year – no later than 30th of June – to elect the foundation’s board members. A nomination committee has been established for this purpose, appointed by the committee itself. The nomination committee presents its priorities based on a set of criteria that is adopted and approved by the committee.

The committee also selects the auditor who will audit the foundation’s accounts. The foundation’s plans, annual report and annual accounts are presented at the committee meeting.

One extended function of the committee meeting is a conference organized according to themes of relevance to the foundation’s work. This conference is open to all interested parties.


The Foundation had revenues in 2013 of NOK 39 million and the subsidiary Lofotr Industry AS had a turnover of 
16.5 million NOK.

In 2013 Museum Nord received 14 million in state funding (Ministry of Culture), 1.1 million from Cultural Heritage (the Norwegian Fishing Industry) and 1.4 million from NCA (Norwegian Coastal Administration Museum), 6.5 million from the counties, and 6.5 million from municipalities.

There are significant culture-based industries within Museum Nord. Several museums have very high visitor numbers and therefore represent substantial economic turnover.

Museums within the Museum Nord network receive operating grants from the government as follows: 60% State, 20% County, 20% municipality. Each museum also has a goal of increasing their earnings.

Would you like more information about Museum Nord? Please contact our administrative office.