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Collection Management

We see two pairs of hands carefully preparing a work for transport.

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

Managing the collection is the museum’s core activity.

Our main task is to preserve the cultural heritage entrusted to us for future generations. We do this through conservation, restoration, handling, and transport as well as preventive conservation and storage.

Here, you can learn about the work we do and those who maintain our collection.

Our priorities

  • Security and preparedness in case of unwanted events at the museum.

  • Long-term storage in connection with the new magazine building.

  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly museum operations.

  • Digitalization and making the collections accessible.

A person in sitting in front of a painting by Edvard Munch. She is working on conservation.

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

A person is walking by an open magazine, where several objects are being stored.

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

We see two pairs of hands that are placing a work inside a transportation mount.

Foto: Dag Fosse / Kode

Who works with the collections and what do we do?

A large number of people at the museum are actively working with the collections.

The registrars carry out responsibilities related to documentation, registration, and control of Kode’s collections in the collection database.

The conservators work both preventively and actively with protecting Kode’s collections. The preventive conservation work means finding the best storage conditions for the museum’s visual art and objects while active conservation is direct handling of the works.

The photographer’s most important task is to photograph the museum’s collection of visual art and objects. This is done in connection with documentation and research work as well as for the museum’s exhibition catalogues.

Photos of the collection can be ordered for commercial and private use, and it is our photographer who handles these requests. You are welcome to make contact with

Production, or the museum technicians, are people who handle art in motion.

Facilities and operations management are people who are responsible for maintaining the museum’s building and nature areas.