About the museum

When the foundation stone, which is painted in the chimney colours of theVesteraalen Dampskibsselskap, was laid down on 29 April 2019, neither the detailed design of the protected building was ready, nor the condition assessment of MS Finnmarken completed or the exhibition plans were ready. It is only three weeks ago since Museum Nord received 10 million NOK as a gift from the governmental support system, which secured the building for the steamship section, a spectacular staircase and associated exhibition, as well as the restoration of the wooden decks on MS Finnmarken.

The realisation of the Hurtigruten Museum has been a comprehensive and demanding project with a high degree of complexity that has evolved over time. An old boat was brought on land and a modern building with architectural value was built on the seafront around it. Over 4000 sqm has been filled with professional content to create great audience experiences. The project is built, planned and developed in parallel.

The realization of the Hurtigruten Museum is a comprehensive and demanding project with a high degree of complexity. An old boat is on land, a modern building with architectural value will be built on the seafront around it, and over 4000 sqm will be filled with professional content and great audience experiences. The project is built, planned and developed in parallel.

As would have been the case on the Hurtigruten itself, the course was set as the map unfolded and was adjusted again according to a change in creative direction. As a lighthouse flashes at sea, ideas spark in the mind. Hurtigruten is about freights, goods and people, but also about emotions. Passion, perseverance, dedication, devilishness and raw power propel the museum forward with a view to an iconic attraction over a proud coastal history.