About us

Museum Nord is a non-profit, government-supported organisation within the national museum network, operating 21 different museum units in northern Nordland.

Museum Nord contributes to the collection and documentation of historic sites and objects, carrying out research, and disseminating and promoting the cultural and natural history of Ofoten, Vesterålen and Lofoten. In this context the museum works towards the preservation of archaeological and architectural buildings and monuments, physical environments of cultural significance, and the region’s intangible cultural heritage.

Museum Nord was established in 2002 by recommendation of the Ministry of Culture with the aim to consolidate and professionalise all the public museums in these three regions, and to communicate heritage knowledge to a wider audience. There are three regional museums like Museum Nord in Nordland County today: Helgeland Museum (South), Nordland Museum (Middle) and Museum Nord (North).

The work of Museum Nord concentrates on four central themes

  • Fisher-farmer society, fishing industry and marine resources
  • Mining industry
  • Arctic Vikings
  • Seafaring, expeditions and trade by sea and land

Museum Nord is a centre of expertise and professionalism for the region, and it is an active part of the national museum network. Museum Nord is involved in the development of museum offerings and functions; it supports networks and collaboration on a local, regional, national and international level. Museum Nord participates in international networks (EU projects).


Museum Nord’s top body is the Board, consisting of nine people representing three different regions, the themes of the museums, the academic environment, the employees and Nordland county municipality.

The Board

Museum Nord’s top body is the board of directors. It consists of nine people representing the three
different regions, the theme museums, the academic environment, the employees and Nordland county municipality.


The foundation’s plans, annual report and annual accounts are presented in the Council. In addition to the council meeting, a conference with topics relevant to the work of the Museum Nord Foundation is held.


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Overview of our strategic documents

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Museum Nord Strategi


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Fagplan Formidling


Fagplan Formidling
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Fagplan Forvaltning

2018 -2023

Fagplan Forvaltning
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2021 -2023

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Fagplan Forskning

2020 – 2023

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Our annual reports

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Årsrapport 2022

Annual report 2022
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Årsrapport 2021

Annual report 2021
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Årsrapport 2020

Annual report 2020
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Årsrapport 2019

Annual report 2019

Our Values

  • We are ambitious on all levels
  • We appreciate the past and believe in the future
  • We work together, cooperate and interact
  • We value and welcome diversity
  • We think and act locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • We believe in positive change and innovation
  • We embrace the green shift coming and value sustainable development
  • We are participatory, listening, and want to learn


The Group (The Museum Nord Foundation and its subsidiary Lofotr Næringsdrift AS) had a turnover in 2020 of NOK 72 395 938,-, a decrease compared to 2019 of NOK 99 096 704,- with NOK 26 700 766,-. The decrease is attributed to the pandemic with reduced commercial turnover for the subsidiary Lofotr Næringsdrift AS (LND). The subsidiary has a decrease of NOK -25 504 572,- in turnover from 2019 with a turnover of NOK 47 702 409,- to 22 197 837,-, and has a deficit of NOK -10 274 886,-. Overall, the group has a profit of NOK 1 762 536,-.

The Group has a total capital of NOK 43,542,944 in 2020, compared with NOK 43,291,925 in 2019. The equity ratio (financial strength) is 30.6% as at 31.12.20 compared to 26.7% as at 31.12.19.