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The Norwegian Emigrant Museum and Research Center Foundation

The Norwegian Emigrant Museum and Research Center Foundation is a non-profit institution according to Norwegian law, established in 1992 to own and operate the Norwegian Emigrant Museum.

At the same time, a non-profit a 501(c)3 organization, The Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Inc. was established in Minnesota to support the museum among Norwegians and Norwegian-Americans in North America.

Around the year 2000 Norwegian museums went through a process of reorganization and consolidation. As a result, the daily operations of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum were transferred to a new Norwegian museum operations corporation, the Hedmark County Museum. The museum in 2014 was renamed Anno Museum AS (Anno Museum, Inc.). The Norwegian Emigrant Museum and Research Center Foundation continues as owner of the museum’s grounds, buildings and collections, and exercises its legal responsibility as owner through its position as stockholder in the corporation.

The purpose of the museum foundation is to increase our knowledge of the emigration of Norwegians to overseas destinations through collection, conservation, and research, and to disseminate that knowledge through all available media, both in Norway and internationally. This includes the history of the migration, the migrants’ relation to and cultural development in their new country, their relationship to their country of origin, and in more general terms, how the knowledge of and lessons learned from the Norwegian diaspora can be applied to present-day international migration.

The foundation has a separate board of representatives whose members represent institutions and organizations relevant to the museum’s purpose. These include the municipality of Stange, the Friends of the Norwegian Emigration Museum, a representative from an institution of higher learning, Norwegians Worldwide (Nordmanns-Forbundet), and the Norwegian-American Historical Association, Norway Chapter (NAHA-Norway). The representatives are usually chairs, vice chairs, or board members of the individual institutions. The University of Oslo is presently representing the institutions of higher learning on the board of the museum foundation. The foundation board holds meetings four to five times a year. The museum director also takes part in the meetings.


To contact The Norwegian Emigration Museum and Research Center Foundation in Norway, write to: 

The Norwegian Emigrant Museum
Ingrid Semmingsens vei 10
2312 Ottestad
email:  migrasjon@annomuseum.no

In North America, Contact The Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Inc., at

 The Norwegian Emigrant Museum, Inc.
First Citizens National Bank
2601 4th St Sw
Mason City, Ia 50401-4650