About us

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum in October 2017

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum is a power house for Northern Norwegian art, with high ambitions and international perspectives. Our mantra is that art moves. Emotions, idea, politics, passions, knowledge, societies; everything can be set in motion by art. The museum delivers relevant art experiences of a high artistic value for both locals and visitors. Through an active, critical and constructive programming, we make ourselves heard from Anchorage in the West to Russia in the East. Through exhibitions, educational outreach and collaborations we make art a natural part of life in Northern Norway.

The Collection
Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum’s exhibition of works from the collection presents art relevant to Northern Norway, with works from the early 19th century to today. The collection consists of over two thousand artworks, and a constantly evolving selection is presented on the second and third floor. On display are works from the Romantic period to the contemporary by artists like Peder Balke, Adelsteen Normann, Edvard Munch, Iver Jåks, Anna-Eva Bergman and David Hockney.

Temporary exhibitions
The first floor is dedicated to temporary exhibitons of relevant, interesting and moving art. Through the years we've presented thematic exhibitions on subjects as still life, Norwegian and Russian arts and crafts, Peder Balke and Sámi contemporary art. We've also presented solo exhibitions of artists like Marit Følstad, Kjell Varvin and Håkon Fageraas.

The museum was established as a foundation in 1985. It was, and still is, almost completely funded by the government. The museum opened its doors for the first tme in 1985, in rented spaces above Tromsø Center for Contemporary Art. In December 2001 Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum moved to its own building at Sjøgata 1. The monumental brick bulding was designed and used as a Post office and Telegraph by architect Søren Andres Wiese Opsahl in 1917. The building was also Tromsø police headquarters for some time.