Region: Vesteralen

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Ticket Hurtigruten Museum

Ticket to the Hurtigruten Museum

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Tickets Sortland Museum

Entry tickets for Sortland Museum.

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Group Tickets Hurtigruten Museum

Group ticket for 10 or more people

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Ticket, Andøy Museum

Ticket for adults to the Andøy museum (Entrance for children under 16 is free)

A ticket is valid for one day, the day it is used.

Includes the Polar Museum, the Island Museum and the Fishing Museum.

Please click HERE to see our opening hours.

Melbo Manor

From quiet farm to a small industrialized city within a few decades (1890–1920). The businessman and landowner Chr. Frederiksen was in the center of the activities. Visit the mansion that has been restored to it´s former glory.

Seabed Exhibition

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.


Culture Minister Abid Raja makes the official opening of the new Hurtigruten Museum at Stokmarknes. The opening takes place on Saturday 28 August at 14.00.

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GaiaVesterålen won the National Sustainability Award

GaiaVesterålen won courage in the Museum: Creative dissemination of sustainability at the National Museum Meeting in Skien. The prize is awarded by the Norwegian Museum Association.

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Oil fence turns 50

Norwegian oil spill protection celebrates 50 years. The Museum of the Norwegian Costal Administration marks this with sailing along the Norwegian coast this summer. On 21 June the boat Gamle Oksøy visits Sortland.

100th anniversary of Risøyrenna

Welcome to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of risøyrenna in Risøyhamn on 25 June.

Hurtigruten Museum 1 year

We invite you to a family day in connection with the 1-year celebration of the Hurtigruten Museum. There will be activities for children, discounted tickets for families, coffee and cake.

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Exhibition opening and several talks

This week there will be an exhibition opening and several lectures. A highlight is the opening of the exhibition Bæsj – Portalen til fortiden at Bø Museum.

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GaiaTalent – mobilization against exclusion

GaiaTalent starts mobilization against young exclusion in Nordland. Young digital talents outside work and school, as well as public and private actors in the region, are now invited to join forces.

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Digitization project with the National Library

In collaboration with the National Library of Norway, Museum Nord is in the process of digitizing audio and video cassettes.

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Experience history digitally

Did you know that we have several digital offerings from our museums? Here we have collected some suggestions for digital material that you can delve into.

Visit the Hurtigruten Museum during the winter holidays

Welcome to a winter holiday filled with many exciting activities. Bring your family to visit!

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Nordland Seminar 2023

On 15 and 16 March, the Nordland Seminar 2023 took place in Hamarøy. This year’s organizers were Nordlandsmuseet in collaboration with Árran – Julevsáme guovdásj / Lule Sami Center. The seminar was divided in two, with the first day at Árran on Drag, and day two at the Hamsun Centre at Presteid.

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War sailor exhibition at the Hurtigruten Museum

Krigsseilere // a traveling exhibition has been on tour in Vesterålen in recent weeks and now has the last stop at the Hurtigruten Museum until June 4th.

The story of the human and the predators

This summer you can revisit with the exhibition The Story of the human and the Predators at Sortland Museum.


Deck stool from Det Stavangerske Dampskibsselskab

The ruff of the Øksnes Priest

Tore Inge Remme was the last priest in Øksnes to wear a clerical ruff in his office as a priest in the 1970s. This ruff was worn by him.

The ashtray from the steamship Finmarken

The ashtray from the steamship Finmarken. The ashtray belonged to Captain Sven Hertzberg, who served as captain on several of VDS’s ships.

Saturday café and lectures

This summer we repeat the success Saturday café at Øksnes museum, in collaboration with various clubs and associations. There will be a café in Alsvåggården with coffee and snacks, storytelling in the museum building, musical performances, and the opportunity to join a guided tour.

Christmas market and Christmas workshop at Bø Museum

Set aside Saturday, November 30. Then it’s time for the Christmas market at Bø Museum. At the same time, we have a Christmas workshop for children. Kids can make old-fashioned […]

Cylindrical leather chest

Cylindrical leather chest with lid. Used during the Lofoten fishery.

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A day working with the collection

A day of registration work in the basement of the community center at Melbu!

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The Museum of the year is …

Every year, the Norwegian Museum Association awards the “Museum of the Year” award. In 2024, the Hurtigruten Museum is one of 3 nominated museums.

Andøy Museum

Climb the stairs of the tall cast iron tower of Andenes lighthouse. Exhibition on the harbor development. Also exhibition: Life of a Polar hunter.

Seabed Digital English

Seabed Digital is based on the exhibition Seabed where through videos one learns facts about the sea and fun exercises.

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Open Hurtigruten Museum

Remember to sign up for a tour of the Hurtigruten Museum on 27 August!

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Living on the edge project

Living on the Edge will look at ecological shifts in the North Atlantic over time. The pre-project is funded by the NPA.

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What happens this weekend?

There are several events and exhibitions waiting to visit this weekend!

Summer opening at Øksnes Museum

Øksnes Museum opens for the summer season 28 June, and is open Tuesday–Sunday from 11–16 up to 7 August.

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Cultural Heritage Days 2022

Bring your family and spend the Cultural Heritage Days 2022 at our museums. Here you will find an overview of events and programs.

Lecture with Johan Borgos

Johan Borgos gives a lecture on Sami place names in Vesterålen.

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GaiaTalent is a measure against exclusion among young people. We want to connect digital talents in exclusion with the need for digital competence in rural areas.

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Government gives 800,000 to Museum Nord/GaiaVesterålen

The Government is providing NOK 800 000 to Museum Nord/GaiaVesterålen to develop innovative and digital dissemination services for children and young people.

Museum artefacts from Jennestad

See museum objects from Jennestad Trading Post.

Redemption stone – a sprout of many narratives

A few years ago, Steinar received a seed that had been found on a beach on the outer side of Vesterålen.

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Successful course in Sami traditional crafts

Last weekend, an eager group participated in a course in Sami traditional crafts at Melbu.

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What role should the museum have in my community?

What role should the museum have in my community? This question was asked by participants in the Council meeting of Museum Nord.

Children’s Factory and Handicrafts Day 2023: Living cultural heritage

Join us to experience living cultural heritage during Cultural Heritage Days, with free events for both children and adults!

Ard, kneard, krokard

Crokard from Åknes. Arden as an agricultural tool has a history dating back to the Bronze Age

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The Hurtigruten Museum has been honored with an award!

The Hurtigruten Museum has been honored as one of the 20 best maritime museums in Europe!

The coal shovel from SS Vesteraalen

The coal shovel used to be an important tool for driving the old coastal express ships forward. This coal shovel is from SS Vesteraalen.

Huinndagan – Family Saturday

On the weekend of 19.-20., Huinndagan will take place in the museum area of Øksnes Museum! On this occasion, we arrange a family day for everyone during the day on Saturday.

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Object of the Week 2024

Object of the Week 2024: Object of the Week 2024 is a collaborative project between several museums in Nordland where we display objects from the collections every week in 2024

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Volunteering at the Hurtigruten Museum

We are very lucky to have so many great volunteers helping us at the Hurtigruten Museum! Meet Eivind, our newest volunteer

Hand-sewn christening hat with gold lace

A hand-sewn silk brocade christening hat with gold lace from the Bruun family protected the baby from the feared creatures of the deep

Museum Nord 20th Anniversary Children’s-Day at Andøy Museum

Attention! This event will be postponed until a later date. Check in later for more information.   In honor of Museum Nord’s 20th anniversary, the Andøy Museum is arranging a […]

Lofoten coffin

The white gold of the sea is still important. The fisherman must have that little extra, a sixth sense, about the weather and about the nature of the fish.

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Summer museums 2021

Museum summer! From Andenes to Å and inwards towards Narvik you will find us and the good stories. Welcome!

Lectures at Bø Museum

Welcome to a lecture with Lill-Karin Elvestad, journalist and author from Troms. She tells about the restoration work she is doing at Elvestad farm in Malangen: GAMMELSTUA – IS THERE […]

About Ǫmð and northernmost Hálogaland

The name Ǫmð has been associated with areas in the far north of Nordland, and parts of Troms. Archaeologist and Professor Reidar Bertelsen explains his theory of a more detailed location and explanation of the name.


Head to Sommer-Melbu 1st to 10th July and take part in activities, lectures and cultural events.

The excavators

Join a fun and educational archaeological activity for kids! Dig up real animal bones and learn about animals and nature at Øksnes Museum this summer.

War Sailors // a travelling exhibition at Sortland Museum

Experience Krigsseilere // a travelling exhibition outside Kulturfabrikken and Sortland Museum from 31 August to 22 September.

Night at the Factory

Welcome to an eerie and fun evening at Kulturfabrikken – on Halloween itself! 👻There will be dress-up and activities for children of all ages.

Family Day at the Hurtigruten Museum

Storytelling time, music and activities for children. Family tickets.

Family Day and Christmas Dinner

Storytelling time, concert with the cultural school and Christmas food in the café.

Grind weaving course

Course in grind weaving at Melbo school with Tone Elvebakk. 

Visit the Hurtigruten Museum during the winter holidays

Welcome to a winter holiday filled with many exciting activities. Bring your family to visit!

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Revision of preservation plan for private archives

This week there has been a working meeting in connection with the revision of the conservation plan for private archives in Nordland.

Hurtigruten 130th anniversary

The 130th anniversary is just around the corner: – Hope as many as possible will celebrate with us!

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Course in object photography for the Collection Network in Nordland

Museum Nord has this week arranged courses at Melbu in object photography for the collection network in Nordland.

The final restingplace of the unborn

A box found under the church floor boards in Øksnes Church on Skogsøya. The final restingplace of the unborn

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Gaiadrøv: The Sheep’s Turn to Shine

The collaboration that unites museums, the media production industry, the agricultural industry and large R&D communities has been named GaiaDrøv. GaiaDrøv is a dissemination concept and a traveling exhibition about the importance of sheep in Arctic regions, focusing on Vesterålen and Northern Norway.

Sailor’s cap

The simple, but beautiful sailor’s cap made from wadmol. Used by a sailor from 1977 to 1981 as a sailor on board MS Ragnvald Jarl .

SS Finmarken’s two ship’s bells

Why did the SS Finmarken keep two ship’s bells? The bells are used to mark arrivals and departures, and can be used in emergency situations.

Hand-painted playing cards

Do you like playing cards? In the collection at Melbo Manor we have a deck of playing cards from the 1790s. The cards are hand-painted with the help of stencils.

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Lagabøte exhibitions

This year we celebrate the 750th anniversary of Magnus Lagabøte’s national law. Together with professor and historian from Nord University and UiT The Arctic University of Norway, we are working to develop Lagabøte exhibitions at several of our museums.

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Creative week at the Hurtigruten Museum

Almost 700 children visited the Hurtigruten Museum during Creative Week in February!

Andøy Museum’s Haunted House Experience

More information concerning opening hours and theme will be available here closer to the event.

Bø Museum

Experience the history of Bø through objects and exhibitions, coastal culture and the authorship of Regine Normann, boathouse and rorbu. Fairytale forest for children. Artscape Nordland and outdoor gallery nearby. Museum gift shop. The man from the sea and the open-air gallery. Museum shop.

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New Home Page

Welcome to Museum Nord’s new website.

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lectures at bø museum

Welcome to a lecture with Lill-Karin Elvestad, journalist and author from Troms 29 September at 18.00.

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Living on the Edge pre-project

The pre-project Living on the Edge is coming to an end. If you are a cultural institution or institute of marine research and are interested in a full project – feel free to contact us!

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Activities for children

Our museums have various offers and activities for children and families with children this summer. Here are some tips for you who are with the family on vacation.

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NOK 1 million to GaiaTalent

The County Council for Education and Competence in Nordland, Elin Dahlseng Eide, grants the entire application of over NOK 1 million to GaiaTalent!

The skipper family Bruun on Børøya

Welcome to a lecture with Åsa Elstad about the Bruun skipper family on Børøya and the treasures they left behind.

Sami Place Names – Lecture with Johan Borgos

Lecture with Johan Borgos about Sami place names in the region, and their significance for Sami identity.

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The boaters in Jørnfjorden

Visit Bø Museum and experience the exhibition Båtfolket in Jørnfjorden.

Lucia Day at the Hurtigruten Museum

On Tuesday 13 December we celebrate Lucia Day here at the Hurtigruten Museum with candlelight and singing children at 12:30

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GaiaVesterålen in Portugal

GaiaVesterålen starts the year with a kick-off at the RESIST project in Portugal.

Visit the Hurtigruten Museum during the winter holidays

Welcome to a winter holiday filled with many exciting activities. Bring your family to visit!

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Allocation to technical and industrial heritage sites

The County Council has allocated NOK 2 750 000 to technical and industrial cultural monuments and sites in Nordland. The grant goes to Neptun Herring Oil Factory and Fagerli’s old power station.

Historical Walking Tour of Andenes

A guide will take you on a walk through the old part of the town.

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Joint meeting of the museums in Nordland

From 21 to 22 September, Helgeland Museum, Nordland Museum and Museum Nord gathered for the annual joint meeting of the museums in Nordland. New this year is that the Árran Julevsáme guovdásj/Lule Sami Center, the Norwegian Aviation Museum and the Narvik Centre also participated.

Tiny Doll in bed

Perhaps the oldest toy in our collection. A doll mother and her baby

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Mapping of archives at Øksnes

This week, representatives of the National Archives and Museum Nord are gathered at Øksnes Museum to map archives.

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Registration session at Andøy Museum

The last registration session of the year for our collection management group was held at the Andøy Museum.

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New manager of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS

We have the pleasure of welcoming Rørvik Wilhelmsson to the team as the new CEO of Lofotr Næringsdrift AS.

Museum Nord 20th anniversary: Stor-Johan Arnt and Andrea

Join us in a celebration! We invite you to a playful and bouncy theater happening for all ages under the direction of performing artists Gina Lindås Theodorsen and Sebastian Warholm. Free entrance and coffee/cake.

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Annual report 2023

The 2023 annual report is here! Take a look at what we’ve achieved over the last year.

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Apprentices visit to Melbu

Apprentices at Norsk flid Leknes recently visited the museum object storage at Melbu to take a closer look at objects from the collection

Drop-in Christmas Workshop at Andøy Museum

More information will be available later.

Øksnes Museum

Visit Øksnes Museum, take a tour through the beautiful farmhouse Alsvåggården and enjoy a coffee in historic surroundings.

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The new Hurtigruten Museum

The new Hurtigruten Museum is our most relevant project. The museum opened on 28 August 2021.

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Our Struggle conference in Sortland

Our Struggle conference gathered almost 400 young people in the old cinema at Sortland.

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1000 stories

Immerse yourself in stories small and large from our museums, ranging from boat graves from the Viking Age to the construction of the Ofotbanen railway, and potato setting.