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Archives, libraries and museums

Ministry of Culture maintains the overall national responsibility for archives, libraries and museums.

Fra Riksarkivets magasin.


All government agencies are required to archive documents used when carrying out their duty. The archives secure its documents as sources of information for the future.

Gutt finner en bok på biblioteket


The library system in Norway includes public libraries, county libraries, school libraries, public and private academic and research libraries, the library of talking books and braille (NLB) and the National Library.

To eldre damer på Nasjonalmuseets utstillingsåpning Gicometti, Hodler, Klee.

Museums and cultural heritage

The museums are one of the main elements in maintaining a collective memory and these institutions play an important role when it comes to developing and communicating information about how humans understand and interact with their surroundings.


Find document

The most important documents are bills (propositions), white papers, hearing documents and Official Norwegian Reports (NOUs). (These documents are primarily available in Norwegian.)


Department of the Arts and Museums

Phone: 22 24 80 01
Address: Postboks 8030 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Grubbegata 1, Oslo

Department of Cultural Heritage and Religious and Life Stance Affairs

Address: Postboks 8030 Dep, 0030 Oslo
Visitor address: Grubbegata 1, Oslo

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