From the high mountains to the deep fjords
Helgeland Museum consists of 18 museums and one large natural history collection. Many of our locations are open-air museums. Others are locations that host exhibitions, offer a cultural programing, conserve collections and conduct research. Our expertise is the history of Helgeland, from prehistoric times up until today. Every location has its own theme and point of focus. The open-air museums provide settings for pick-nicks and walks and most offer local food and beverages.
10. Alstahaug: The Petter Dass Museum is our ‘flagship’ and a fine example of contemporary architecture. On historic grounds, beside the 13th century stone church, we tell the history of the priest and author Petter Dass, a northern Norwegian cult figure.
18. Bindal: The museum is a portal to the surrounding boreal rainforest. Here the visitor can learn about the woods and its usage from boat building to the wood industry throughout times in Terråk.
16. Brønnøy: The museum in Hommelstø conveys the usage of natural resources and the consequences of it. The area has a long history of quarries – exploiting lime, silver, stone – of timber industry and hydropower and the stories around these activities are told in the exhibition, besides introducing the Lomsdal-Visten national park.
7. Dønna: On the island of Dønna one can visit the trading post Norvika, a power player in the Norwegian economy of the 17th century.
14. & 15. Grane und Hattfjelldal: Both locations offer guided tours through the rigid back lands along natural- and cultural monuments. Among others to see traces of Sami culture, the nomadic people of Scandinavia and northern Russia. Please contact the locations for details.
6. Hemnes: A museum about the local boat building heritage with both wood and plastic built boats.
3. Lurøy: World War II and the roles the local population took on during this difficult time are the topic of the exhibition next to the German coastal fortress Grønsvik. Parts of the fortress are open to public as well.
5. Nesna: The old trading house Zahl is the location of our museum on Nesna. There, visitors can experience the way of living before the industrialisation, the life of fisherman and farmers in this challenging, arctic climate.
2. Rana: At the time the museum is closed for public as it is being rebuilt as a museum of industrialisation. In the meantime the open-air museum Stenneset offers information about the local history.
1. Rødøy: Here one can visit an authentic trading post of the 18th century.
17. Sømna: The museum’s building is a former shop, today offering – among other things – bread and cakes baked in the historical museum oven. Theme of the open-air museum is agriculture and local food.
4. Træna: On Træna the Helgeland Museum is the cultural centre and tourist information. The exhibition offers insight to the archaeological finds on the island, traces of the first human settlements in Norway!
12. Vega: On Vega the E-house provides information about the 1000 year old way fishermen-farmers have maintained a sustainable living through eiderdown harvesting. Since the 9th century, the islands of Vega have been an important centre for the supply of down. The Vega-archipelago is part of the UNESCO World Heritage program.
11. Vefsn: The museum in the old doc ‘Jacobsenbrygga’ in the Sjøgata offers an exhibition on urban development in Helgeland. In the open-air museum near the timber built church in Mosjøen, the Dolstad Church, one can experience life before the city was founded.
13. Vevelstad: The museum is a portal to the unique, prehistoric rock art in the surroundings.
We hope to welcome you this year!