8.5 million visitors
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Museums and collections2003



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8.5 million visitors

The Norwegian museums had just over 8.5 million visitors in 2003. This represents an increase for about 3 per cent compared to 2002. Just over 40 per cent of all the visits are in the Oslo-museums, while the Hordaland and the Sør-Trøndelag counties had together about 21 per cent of the visitors.

Norwegian museums, by county. 2003

The museum statistics for 2003 covered 267 Norwegian museums. This number of museums in the statistics is lower than last year, and thus reflects the consolidation process in the Norwegian museum sector. Three of the museums had not been open to the public in 2003 and is not counting in the figures for 2003.

4.6 million of the visits to the museums are registered as individual visits, and 4.1 million visitors to the museums were registered as paying visitors.

The collections

The Norwegian museums had registered 27 million objects in 2003. The number of objects is nearly the same as in 2002. Almost 11 million objects were natural history objects, whereas 10 million objects were photographs. Only 2 per cent of the objects were historical fine art objects.

Buildings and constructions worthy of preservation

In addition to the registered collections the open museums at the same time administered 3 600 buildings and structures worthy of preservation. Social history museums had about 3 100 of these buildings.

Collections in Norwegian museums. 2003

2 420 exhibitions

Some more exhibitions are registered in 2003 than in 2002. The open museum had 2400 exhibitions, representing an increase for about 1 per cent. While the number of basis exhibitions has a slight decrease, the numbers of temporary exhibitions and travelling exhibitions have increased with about 5 per cent each. 1380 of the exhibitions were basis exhibitions, about 790 were temporary and 250 were travelling exhibitions.

1.4 billion from public contributions

Public contributions are the most important part of the museums revenue. The museums included in the survey had a total of NOK 2.1 billion in total revenue. Public contributions comprised 67 per cent of the museums revenues or 1.4 billion, whereas ticket revenues comprised around 8 per cent. 22 per cent were other revenues and revenues from gifts, funds and sponsors represented about 4 per cent. Total expenditure for the museums in 2003 was just below NOK 2.1 billion.

More man-years

3 210 man-years were worked in these 264 museums, an increase for about 3 per cent from 2002. Of these, 3 000 were remunerated man-years and 2 200 of these man-years were by permanent employees.

"New Statistics for the Norwegian museums and collection" was published for the first time in 2002. The number in this statistics represents a share population of the Norwegian museums.