The museum is built up around a beautiful farmstead where the family of skipper Ellingsen lived from 1750 until the end of the nineteenth century.
In the summer there is a café here and souvenirs can be purchased. Local photographers have made important contributions to the history of the district. A new exhibition of photography and photographic equipment is located on the first floor.
The rest of the museum consists of some 20 old buildings dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. These include a “cookhouse”, storehouse, barn, smithy and schoolhouse. You can enter these buildings to view the exhibits.
The traditions of boat-building in Saltdal are widely recognised. The museum houses two Nordland-boats. The cabin from the well-known polar vessel, “Quest”, is also here. Sir Ernest Shackleton died while on a research voyage to the Antarctic in 1922 and his ship, the “Quest”, was sold and sailed to Rognan for refitting. The cabin was then taken ashore for good.