Sj√łgata 1
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The Art Museum Of Northern Norway

The Art Museum of Northern Norway was established in 1985 as an independent foundation financed by the Government. In 1988 the museum opened to the public in rented premises. The Art Museum of Northern Norway is the only one of its kind north of Trondheim. Our objective is to raise knowledge and interest in visual and applied art. To collect, document and show art from the region is a major task. The museum is likewise responsible for communicating art to children and young people living in the vast areas of Northern Norway.
In December 2001 The Art Museum of Northern Norway moved to its new premises in Sj√łgata 1 at Prostneset in the centre of Troms√ł. The monumental building dates back to 1917 and was originally the city's main telegraph and post office. It later served as a police station. Since autumn 2000 the building has been under reconstruction in order to meet the new requirements as a museum.
The new museum, facing Roald Amundsens square, is situated in Troms√ł's oldest street. The Steamship terminal and Troms√ł Cathedral are close by. Prostneset has been a churchsite since the 13th century. The wharf built appr. 1900 was constructed to receive large ships such as the coastal express "Hurtigruta". Prostneset is even today Troms√ł's main traffic centre for travellers by sea.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (11)

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Permanent Collection

Main trends in Norwegian visual and applied art from the first half of the 19th century till today is mirrored by the museum's collection. It includes about 1400 works; paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, textiles and various objects of applied art. Unlike many other towns, Troms√ł did not have any public art collection that could serve as a starting point for the new museum. The collection is built up from scratch trough donations from The Norwegian Council of Culture, private gifts and the museum's own purchases. Sami and Northern Norwegian art is particularly well represented. Peder Balke, Kaare Espolin Johnson, Iver J√•ks, Inghild Karlsen, Olav Christopher Jenssen and Anne Kathrine Dolven are among the artists represented in the collection.
In the permanent exhibition works by famous Norwegian artists such as J.C. Dahl, Harriet Backer, Christian Krohg, Edward Munch and Odd Nerdrum will be on display thanks to long-time loans from the National Gallery and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Oslo.


Please see for details of current and forthcoming exhibitions.


Free admission

Opening hours

Open from Tuesday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm

Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm

Closed on Mondays

Between June 19 and August 20, the museum is open every day, from 12pm to 6pm


The museum is fully accessible to disabled visitors.

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Special guided tours in English and Italian can be arranged.