32 million objects in Norwegian museums
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32 million objects in Norwegian museums

The Norwegian museums had just over 32 million objects in their collections in 2004 - more than 5 million more than in 2003. The bulk of the collections were mostly photographs and natural history objects, with 14.9 million and 11.6 million objects respectively.

In addition to the registered collections the museums at the same time administered 4 286 buildings and structures worthy of preservation.

In 2004, 8.6 million visitors were recorded, an increase of 30 000 compared to 2003. Still there was an increase of 445 000 paying visitors( 1 ).

The total income for the museums in the statistics was NOK 2.32 billion. Of this amount, 1.53 billion were public contributions. Total expenditure for the museums was NOK 2.2 billion.

The museum statistics for 2004 covered 234 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. 3 860 man-years were worked in these 234 museums, and 3 450 of these were remunerated man-years. Of the remunerated man-years, 2 370 were worked by permanent employees.

(1)The numbers regarding visitors at the museums are revised because of errors in the reports from some of the museums in Oslo. This has led to a reduced increase in the number of visitors than previously reported. (Corrected 03.08.2005)