Through our expertise in maritime cultural history and underwater methods, the Norwegian Maritime Museum is responsible for managing maritime cultural remains in ten of Norway's southernmost counties.

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The Norwegian Maritime Museum's administrative region covers the southern coastline of Norway from Åna-Sira to the Swedish border, including any inland freshwater bodies within this area. Our archaeology department currently employs nineteen archaeologists in permanent positions, in addition to a number of project employees.

Our administrative region covers the following counties:

  • ​Østfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold, Telemark, Aust-Agder and Vest-Agder

Import and export of maritime cultural heritage

Importing and exporting cultural remains is regulated by the Cultural Heritage Act. Anyone wishing to export a vessel, part of a vessel or any other maritime cultural object older than fifty years must have an export licence. The Directorate for Cultural Heritage is the decision-making institution for export of whole vessels or large parts of vessels (e.g. a deckhouse), while the Norwegian Maritime Museum is the decision-making institution for export of any other maritime objects and loose parts of vessels.

More information on import/export of cultural heritage and the relevant application forms are available from Arts Council Norway (scroll down to find information in English).

Please send inquiries about exporting maritime cultural objects to