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Alta Museum
The Alta Museum is located in Alta in northern Norway within the Arctic Circle. It's northern Norway's most-visited summer museum, with more than 1,000 visitors each day.[1] It presents exhibitions on local culture and historic industries including the nearby prehistoric rock carvings that form a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located at the early settlement of Finnmark and dating from around 11,000 years ago. The museum opened in June 1991 and won the European Museum of the Year Award in 1993.

Hol Bygdamuseum
Hol Bygdamuseum is a small museum by Hagafoss in Hol municipality in Norway. The museum is a subsidiary of Hallingdal Museum.

Holmenkollen Ski Museum
Holmenkollen Ski Museum, located at the base of the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway, is the world's oldest ski museum, being founded in 1923. The museum contains 4000 years of skiing history, starting with rock carvings from the Stone Age showing skiers, and skis from the Viking Age. It also shows polar equipment used in the expeditions of Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen.

Museum of Reconstruction
The Museum of Reconstruction for Finnmark and North Troms (Norwegian: Gjenreisningsmuseet for Finnmark og Nord-Troms) in Hammerfest is the second and more significant museum in this small town, which is the world's most northerly town of more than 6,000 people. The smaller Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society is perhaps better known as it is more of a tourist attraction. As the Museum of Reconstruction opened on July 1, 1998, the Polar Bear Club also predates it by nearly 30 years.

Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society
The Royal and Ancient Polar Bear Society of Hammerfest in Norway is a small museum and tourist attraction in the world's most northerly town (based on defining a "town" as a permanent settlement of 5,000 or more residents.) The significance of the polar bear is that this animal is the town's mascot and heraldic crest.

Rygnestadtunet is a farmyard museum at Nordigard, Nørdre Rygnestad in Valle in Setesdal near the junction between E 9 and RV 45. It is today exactly as when desolated in 1919, preserved in 1923 and opened as a museum in 1940. Excavations indicates that the site has been populated from at least 900 AD.

Southern Actor
The Southern Actor is a former whale catcher, currently a museum ship based in Sandefjord, Norway and owned by Sandefjord Museum. It was built in 1950 for the whaling company Christian Salvesen Ltd, Leith, Scotland. Many of Salvesen's employees were Norwegians, and the ships were in Norway for maintenance in the summer.

Sverresborg or Sverre Sigurdsson’s castle (also named Zion after King David’s castle in Jerusalem), was a fortification built at the medieval city of Nidaros (later Trondheim) by Sverre Sigurdsson. It is now known as an open air museum for the region of Trøndelag, comprising the counties of Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag.

Ål Bygdamuseum
Ål Bygdamuseum, a small museum on the farm Leksvol in Ål municipality. The museum is a subsidiary of Hallingdal Museum. It includes 30 old buildings, including the house from Leksvol farm which dates from about 1600, a mountain farm (støl) with a stone building, and a cotter's farm place.


Vemork is the name of an old hydro electrical power plant in Norway, named after the area where it is situated and close to the town of Rjukan in Tinn municipality, in the county of Telemark. In 1906, Norsk Hydro started construction of what was to be the world's largest hydro electrical powerplant.

Troldhaugen was the home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, located in his hometown, Bergen. His and his wife's ashes rest inside a mountain tomb near the house. The house itself and its surroundings are now a Grieg museum. An Australian folk metal band with the same name, attributes its title to Grieg's house.

Trondheim Science Museum
Trondheim Science Museum is a scientific hands-on experience center located in Trondheim, Norway.

Trondheim Tramway Museum
Trondheim Tramway Museum is a tram museum located in Trondheim, Norway. The museum offers in addition to a display of the tramway history of Trondheim also heritage trips with old trams on the sole remains of the tramway in Trondheim, Gråkallbanen. The museum has many heritage trams on display, several in working condition.

Tromsø University Museum
Tromsø University Museum is the oldest scientific institution in North-Norway. It was established in 1872 and incorporated in the University of Tromsø in 1976. The museum has 80,000-90,000 visitors annually.

Telemark Museum
The Telemark Museum is located in the older part of Skien, Norway, called Kleiva. The museum itself is situated at Søndre Brekke farm. The farm is part of a large park called Brekkeparken. The main attraction aside from seasonal exhibits in the main halls of the farm house, is the outdoor museum. Several older houses and farms from Telemark county have been moved from their original location and rebuilt on site in the park.

Sandefjordmuseene (official name Commander Christen Christensen's Whaling Museum, also called The Whaling Museum Sandefjord or Hvalfangstmuseet) located in Sandefjord, Norway, was inaugurated in 1917 as a donation to the town of Sandefjord from Consul Lars Christensen, the son of Commander Christen Christensen.

Salten Museum
The Salten Museum is a museum located in the center of Bodø, a town in North Norway. The Museum includes several exhibitions that cover North-Norwegian culture and history. On the first floor the museum has two exhibits: one about the old traditional North-Norwegian fisheries and the international stockfish trade with the Hanseatic League, and a second covering the local Sami people (Lapps). Most of the Sami material on display is from Tysfjord, north of Bodø.

Ringve Museum
Ringve Museum is Norway's national museum for music og musical instruments, with collections from all over the world.

Preus Museum
Preus Museum is the national museum for photography in Norway and is situated in Horten. It was originally founded by the Preus family as a private museum, but the collection was acquired by the Norwegian government in 1995. In 2001, the museum moved to a former naval facility in Karljohansvern. The facilities have been adapted for museum use based on the work of architect Sverre Fehn.

Lofotr Viking Museum
The Lofotr Viking Museum is a historical museum based on a reconstruction and archaeological excavation of a Viking chieftain's village in the North Norwegian archipelago of Lofoten, Norway. It is located in the hamlet of Borg, near Bøstad, Vestvågøy.

Lands Museum
Lands Museum is the cultural and natural history centre for Nordre and Søndre Land municipalities of Oppland county. The museum lies at the northern end of Norway’s fourth largest lake, Randsfjorden, and is near the Dokka Delta nature reserve.

Kongsberg Skiing Museum
Kongsberg Skiing Museum is a museum of skiing, located in Kongsberg, Norway. It was initially created by the two friends and well known ski jumpers, Birger Ruud and Petter Hugsted. The museum focuses on the golden age of ski jumping in Norway, from 1924 to 1952, when jumpers from Kongsberg dominated ski jumping on the national as well as international level.

Norwegian Petroleum Museum
The Norwegian Petroleum Museum was opened on 20 May 1999. In Norwegian language the museum is called Norsk Oljemuseum. The unusual architecture has made the museum a landmark in the Port of Stavanger. Seen from the sea the museum looks like a small oil platform. The museum focuses on offshore petroleum activity especially in the North Sea.

Paleontological Museum
The Paleontological Museum, part of the University of Oslo, contains the largest collection of fossils in Norway and functions as a National Museum. The collection consists of more than 1.7 million rock and fossil samples.

Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology is a science museum located in Oslo, Norway. The museum as an institution was founded in 1914 as a part of the commemoration for the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution, but it was not until 1932 that the museum was first opened, in the basement of the Viking Ship Museum in Bygdøy. In 1959 the museum relocated to Etterstad, and in 1985 moved once again, to its current location, in Kjelsås, with a total of 20,000 m² floor space.

Norsk Jernbanemuseum
Norsk Jernbanemuseum is the national railway museum in Norway, situated in the city of Hamar. The museum is operated by Jernbaneverket.

Norsk Bremuseum
Norsk Bremuseum is a museum in Fjærland, Sogndal, Sogn og Fjordane, Norwa. There is information about the glacier Jostedalsbreen and the Jostedalsbreen National Park. Also the Ulltveit-Moe Climat Centre. Opened from April til October, daily.

Museum of Natural History and Archaeology
Museum of Natural History and Archaeology is a department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway with collections and displays related to natural history and cultural history. The archaeological displays show findings from the stone, bronze, iron and viking age. In addition the museum has a separate display about the development of Trondheim as a city in the middle ages, a display on Sami culture and a display about church art and church inventory until ca. 1700.

Bergen Museum
The Bergen Museum is a university museum in Bergen, Norway. Founded in 1825 with the intent of building large collections in the fields of culture and natural history, it became the grounds for most of the academic activity in the city, a tradition which has prevailed since the museum became part of the University of Bergen.

Bryggens Museum
Bryggens Museum was built in 1976. The architect behind the work was Øivind Maurseth, who also designed the SAS hotel nearby. The museum was built on the site of a fire that occurred in Bryggen in Bergen, Norway in 1955.

Dagali Museum
Dagali Museum is a small local museum in Dagali, within the Hol municipality, Norway. The museum is a subsidiary of the Hallingdal Museum. Gunnar Steensen (1870-1970) initiated the collection of historic buildings now comprising the Dagali Museum before 1900. His museum was left to the town of Dagali when he died in 1947.

Flyhistorisk Museum
Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola (Sola Aviation Museum) is an aviation museum located in Sola, near Stavanger, Norway. The museum was founded in 1984, and is run by local volunteers on an unpaid basis. The museum is currently housed in an old aircraft hangar at the former military seaplane base at the Stavanger Airport, built by the Germans during World War II.

Hadeland Folkemuseum
Hadeland Folkemuseum is a regional museum for Hadeland (Gran, Lunner and Jevnaker). It was founded in 1913, and is located at Tingelstad, Gran. Within the museum area is the reputed grave of king Halfdan the Black, from the Viking Age.

Hallingdal Museum
Hallingdal Museum is a museum in Nesbyen within the Nes municipality, Norway. The museum has a number of subsidiary sites: Dagali Museum, Gol Bygdetun, Hemsedal Bygdetun, Hol Bygdemuseum and Ål Bygdamuseum. The museum has a further subsidiary, through Gol Bygdetun; this is a mountain farm, Dokken Fjellgard in Sudndalen.

Hanseatisk Museum
Hanseatisk museum is one of the conserved wooden buildings on Bryggen in Bergen, Norway, which covers the Hanseatic times. The building was put up after a fire in 1702 when most of Bergen's centre burned down.

Hedmark Museum
The Hedmark Museum (Hedmarksmuseet og Domkirkeodden in Norwegian) in Hamar, Norway is a regional museum for the municipalities of Stange, Hamar (which now includes Vang i Hedmark), Løten, and Ringsaker in central eastern Norway. It also includes the ruins of the medieval cathedral and priory mentioned in Sigrid Undset's magnum opus on Kristin Lavransdatter.

Romsdal Museum
The Romsdal Museum in Molde, Norway was founded by Peter Tønder Solemdal in 1912, and is one of the largest and most extensive folk museums in the country. The open-air museum at Reknes in Molde has a collection of more than 40 buildings (barns, farm houses, stables, workshops etc.) from the Romsdal region, dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries. A recreated city street shows what most of the city looked like previous to the 1916 fire.

Trondenes Historical Center
Trondenes Historical Center (Trondenes Historiske Senter) is situated just outside the town of Harstad, Troms, Norway, near to the Trondenes Church. The museum covers the history of Trondenes and the surrounding areas. The exhibition is permanent, the main focus being on the medieval period. The museum building was finished in 1996 and also contains a cafeteria and conference rooms, amounting to 1860m² in total.