Helgeland Museum contains 17 different museums, in 16 municipalities, all the way from the high mountains to the deep fjords. The museums represent a wide range of Village Green collections, which describes the environments of the working people and their way of living, hundreds of years ago. The head office of Helgeland Museum is located in Mosjøen, in the old wharf Skogbrygga in Sjøgata.

During summertime, there are many different activities at Helgeland Museum, and if you are lucky you might get a taste of unique and traditional local food.


If you are interested in the Stone Age, you can visit the rock carvings at Vevelstad, the cave paintings in Brønnøy, hunting traps in Grane, burial mounds and dwelling remains at Dønna, Vega and Træna.

The Viking Age and the local chief “Hårek at Tjøtta”, are present at Alstahaug. The old stone churches situated at Alstahaug, Dønna and Herøy, provide a taste of the Medieval periode.

You will find traces of the poet and vicar Petter Dass, all over the region. Please visit the exciting and modern museum at Alstahaug; Petter Dass Museum. The Petter Dass Museum is a contemporary museum, there is also a 1700-century vicarage and a beautiful church from the 1200s: Petter Dass Museum is the place of contrasts.

Looking for information about the tradesmen and landlords? Please visit Dønna, Nesna and Alstahaug. At Nesna Museum you can dig into the history of the educational system.

In Hattfjelldal and Velfjord you will find the ancient history of the minority people, the Samis.

Vevelstad Museum has well documented information concerning the fishermen, whilst agriculture and food culture is the theme at Sømna Museum. On the island of Vega you vil find the E-house Museum. The E-house shows the old tradition og eider ducks as livestock. The Vega Islands are registered UNESCO Word Heritage Site.

If you would like to learn more about the traditional “Nordland boat”, please visit Bindal, Hemnes and Herøy Museums.

Sjøgata in Mosjøen is a living time capsule that takes you back to the first town at Helgeland. Please visit Vefsn Museum in the old wharf Jacobsenbrygga in Sjøgata.

The story of the iron industry and steelworks comes alive at Rana Museum. Rana Museum is located in the center of the city Mo i Rana.

Second World War is well documented at Grønsvik coastal fortress in Lurøy. In June 2012 there will be an grand opening of a very new museum at the costal fortress.