A New Museum, in an Old Setting
The museum, was founded on July 3, 1987 by the Moskenes History and Museum
Society in collaboration with the Moskenes municipal council and Mr. Sigurd
Harald Ellingsen of Å.
It was officially opened in June 1988 - and has been receiving public grants
Main Theme: Life in the fishing village and the Lofoten Fishery over
the past 200 yearsComprehensive and exciting coastal museum. Educational
exhibitions, guided tours, demonstrations, activities and information on
video. Exhibitions include:
"The World's Greatest Cod Fishery" The Lofoten Fishery and the tackle and
boats used. Exhibition in the Main Boathouse
"The long history of cod-liver oil" Norway's oldest cod-liver oil factory,
sale of cod- liver oil
"Valuable goods for 1000 years" Old stockfish production plant, cod heads
"Social classes" The homes of the fisherman's family and the squire
"A hard and perilous life" The "rorbu" cabin and the life of the visiting
"Every blade of grass was of value" The barn and stables: coastal farming
north of the Arctic Circle.
The Blacksmith's - production of cod-liver oil lamps and knives
Active 150-year old bakery. Sale of fresh baking and local home crafts
Fishing boat trips and sea fishing. Prepare your meal in the authentic
Trips across the Maelstrom to a coastal cave with 3,000 year old cave
paintings (See the "Footprints in the North" pamphlet entitled Cave
Paintings in Refsvika)
The Museum's Mission
The Museum's mission is to collect, record, preserve, secure, document,
and carry out research.
In close collaboration with the local community, the Museum's objective is
to work towards achieving the sustainable management of our cultural and
natural resources - in order to help preserve our way of life and our
The museum is intended to be a resource centre for the presentation of
knowledge and understanding of the development of the fishing villages
along the coast.
Knowledge and understanding of coastal culture is presented by way of
exhibitions, demonstrations, active participation, the sale of culturally
"correct" souvenirs, various events and educational courses.
The museum shall be developed in collaboration with the local population,
schools, cultural institutions and the tourist trade - and through
regional, national and international networking.