The documentation archive
The archive collections contain extensive documentation and research material of major significance from an art and cultural historical perspective.
The material varies in content, form and scope, and can include letters, photos, drawings, notes, diaries, manuscripts, meeting minutes, journals, copy books and accounts.
The bulk of the material comes from the archives of the National Museum's formerly separate institutions: the National Gallery, the Norwegian Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norwegian Museum of Architecture and the National Touring Exhibitions. The collections document the history and activities of the institutions, such as exhibitions, acquisitions of art, appointments, construction projects, accounts, art mediation, and incoming and outgoing loans.
The archive collections also contain a number of private archives from artists, designers, scholars, collectors, companies, organisations, clubs and associations.
The private archives of architects are available on request from the study room at the National Museum – Architecture.
The archive also holds extensive source material on individual Norwegian artists, comprised mainly of background material for a dictionary of Norwegian artists (Norsk Kunstnerleksikon) and documentation of the works in the museum's collection.
Practical information for visitors to the archive
Visiting address: Dronning Mauds gate 2.
Opening hours from 30 August 2021: Monday–Friday 10:00–15:00
When visiting the library and archive
When you arrive at the National Museum's library and archive, go to the library counter. Coats and bags must be left in the guest cloakroom, where lockers are provided. You may bring writing materials and necessary papers into the reading room. Your mobile phone should be on silent mode throughout your visit. One of our archivists will meet you to hand over the archive material you ordered in advance and show you where to sit.
Ordering archive material
Archive material is available by appointment and must be ordered in advance.
The same email address can be used to send enquiries about archive material and ordering.
Please note that it can take up to three days to process orders.
Use of the archive portal
To be able to order material on Arkivportalen.no, you must register as a user. You can then search for archive items and folders and place them in Min tralle. You can then send the order to The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design for collection in the reading room. A limit of 13 archive items (boxes or protocols) per order applies.
Regulations for using archive material
The regulations can be found here. Remember that you are handling unique original material, so read the regulations carefully and exercise caution.
You can receive up to three archive items or boxes at a time. When you have finished for the day, contact the archivist and sign the loan form and visitor register. You can reserve the material for up to seven working days.
Some archival documents may contain confidential information. See the current regulations on the National Archives' website: Confidential information: The National Archives of Norway
You must apply separately to access this material.
The use of personal digital cameras is permitted. Copying of archive material will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Copying is performed by archive staff.
Visitors are responsible for obtaining the necessary permission from the copyright holder for using and publishing copied material, as well as for complying with legislation related to the reproduction and publication of material with sensitive content (privacy legislation). Copying of restricted material is subject to individual assessment.