GaiaVesterålen collects history of Vesterålen
Published 16 March 2023
Four out of five workshops for the local population have now been conducted to collect the story of Vesterålen. How will the work continue in the future?
Sortland Museum is located in Kulturfabrikken in the centre of Sortland, and has exhibition areas and a small museum shop with books and goods with local connections. The museum shows changing exhibitions with different themes, perspectives and expressions. The exhibition Seabed is now on display, and the traveling exhibition Stolen Years: Children in the North during World War 2 (from May through June 2023).
Come with us to the sea, underwater, down into the depths. In Seabed, the ocean’s importance in the north, its vulnerable ecosystem and the consequences of marine litter and pollution are the topics. We duck beneath the surface and meet the plants and fish that live on the shore, on the edge of the ridge and in the depths of the sea. We also learn about the plastic waste that threatens life in the ocean and on Earth.
Seabed is an exhibition aimed at children, and there are many activities to try along the way. How about driving a submarine, watching a movie inside a giant squid, or building sand castles on the bottom of the sea?
Sortland Museum also arranges other activities such as lectures, and is co-organizers of the Children’s Factory at Kulturfabrikken once a month.
In Kulturfabrikken you will also find a library, cinema and a nice café.
+47 40 44 82 02 / +47 46 70 45 60
Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Closed during Christmas and public holidays.
Sortland Museum usually follows Kulturfabrikken’s opening hours.
Adult NOK 80,-
Seniors/students NOK 65,-
Group NOK 65,- p.p (min. 10 pers.)
Children u. 16 years free when accompanied by an adult.
Outside of Sortland Museum (inside of Kulturfabrikken) you can visit our museum shop. This is where you get your tickets, and items with a local connection, gift items, and other unique products that are hard to get elsewhere.
Examples of merchandise:
– Mugs and t-shirts with dry norwegian humour from Absurdgalleriet.
– Locally produced soaps with natural ingredients from Alveland (Andøy) and Ullhjerte (Sortland).
– Fair-trade nostalgic products made of wool, like trivets and finger puppets from All Verdas.
– Home-knitted mittens from Solsyssel.
– High quality Sami crafts (duodji) made by Jennie-Ann Jejeli.
– Design by Siri Tollefsen (mugs, cards, serving trays, etc.)
– North-Norwegian wooden design products made by Alva.
– Large prints of historic photographs from the Sortland region.
– Lots of local history books!
Contact us for any questions about the museum shop.
The shop is open during the museum’s opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday at 11AM to 15PM.
Sortland museum can give guided tours in the museum’s exhibitions on request. Contact us to request a guided tour.
We also arrange other activities, for example for youths and children through Den Kulturelle Skolesekken, and host lectures and talks.
Both the Ariblå gallery and the Seabed exhibition is facilitated for people who are movement impaired. The rest of Kulturfabrikken is also faciliated in this way.
The entrance for Ariblå is on the 1st floor, and a small staircase leads up to the Seabed exhibition. For i.e. wheelchair users, there’s a ramp that leads up to a second entrance for the Seabed exhibition.
The entrance for the octopus in the Seabed exhibition is 110 cm x 110 cm and can therefore be challenging to enter if you’re movement impaired.
At Kulturfabrikken, there are marks on the floor for visually impaired people, and signs with braille. Sortland museum unfortunately does not have braille or marks. However we offer visually impaired people guided tours if requested. Contact us to arrange a visit with a guided tour.
The exhibition Seabed has norwegian and english text. Info about languages for the temporary exhibitions can be found underneath, in the info sheet for each individual exhibition.
Kulturfabrikken is located in the heart of Sortland right across of Scandic Hotel and next to Skibsgården shopping mall. Sortland Museum is located on the first floor of Kulturfabrikken.
Parking is on the east side of the building (same parking lot as Skibsgården).
The entrance is a revolving door on the east side of the building, facing the ocean.
Enter the door leading into the café and follow the path straight forward towards the staircase.
Here you will find the museum right next to the elevator.
Seabed talks about the importance of the sea in the north, the vulnerable ecosystem in the ocean and the consequences of marine litter and pollution that are the subject of the exhibition.Read More
Stolen years: Children in the north during World War 2 tells about children’s fates and everyday life in the north during the war, and can be visited at Sortland museum in May/June 2023.Read More