Nordlandsmuseet is an union of 20 truly unique museums based along the coastline of the Salten region in Nordland. The city of Bodø is the administrative centre of Nordland.
Bodø provides you with easy access to all our museums, irrespective of how you travel here. We recommend a tour of our museums along the world’s most beautiful coastline.
Jointly they offer a general impression of our unique cultural history for more than 1000 years.
The Knut Hamsun Centre is a literary museum for the Norwegian author Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1920. The award winning building is placed in grand scenery in Hamarøy, Nordland, in the north of Norway. It is designed by famous American architect Steven Holl. The tall, dark, angular tower is an interpretation of Knut Hamsun’s literary characters. In the tower you also find the library, a café and a book shop. In the main exhibition you may explore Knut Hamsun’s controversial life and literature. The windows and balconies invite you to take a closer look at the dramatic landscape that inspired such world-renowned novels as Hunger, Pan and Growth of the Soil. The Hamsun Centre offers adventures and cultural experiences all year round for all kinds of visitors.
The merchant’s center was established in the late 1700s, and tells a story of the importance of fish export in the northern parts of Norway the last three centuries.