Preus museum in Horten

Did you know that Norway's national photo museum is in Horten? Preus museum opened in 1976 by the Norwegian photographer Leif Preus. For a long time, the museum was a privately-owned museum and had an extensive collection of photo history in Europe. It was only in 1995 that the state bought the museum and made it Norway's National Museum of Photography.

Photo: Didrick Stenersen


In 2001, the museum moved to Karljohansvern. The former military base and brick buildings are a great experience for visitors. Tourists can combine a visit to the museum with a nice tour of the Karljohansvern area. Here are free areas with possibilities for swimming, cycling and hiking.


For the photo-enthusiast

Preus Museum is a treasure trove for the photo enthusiasts. Here are regular exhibitions that showcase the art of photography with cameras and objects. There are also historical archives for those who are particularly interested in the collections of Leif Preus.

Photo: Preus museum

Library and café 

The museum has its own library of over 30,000 volumes of photography. Books about photo art and pictures can also be bought at the museum's shop. A separate reading bar can be found at the museum café overlooking Inner Harbor. In the café , people provide themselves with simple food and drinks, and pay when they go out.

The museum is well organized for children with different activities. There is also a changing exhibition in addition to the museum's permanent exhibition. Preus Museum has a number of events during the year such as Photography Day, Workshops and Children's Photo Day.

For those who are interested in photo and film, a visit is a must.

The museum is open all year. For prices and more information see Preus Museum.

Photo: Didrick Stenersen

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