- Salhus, Bergen: The Textile Industry Museum, The Conservation Department and Cultural Heritage Service in Nordhordland
- Osterøy: Osterøy museumand Havrå
- Lygra: The Heathland Centre
- Radøy: The Western Norway Emigration Centre
MUHO provides engaging education and active management of a great variety of collections. We do not simply tell a story, but use knowledge about techniques and processes to show, teach and carry out work as it was traditionally done in local crafts, industry, and farming. Through authentic cultural environments and landscapes in Nordhordland and Bergen, we connect knowledge from the past to the challenges of the present. MUHO’s unique competence centres offer advice on building and collection care, and conservation of various materials.
Living natural and cultural heritage
We preserve natural and cultural heritage by transferring knowledge to people and new generations. Knowledge of cultural landscapes, work processes, techniques and resources live on through practical application in the management of our collections.
Industry leaves physical monuments behind, in the form of buildings, workshops, machines, warehouses, and infrastructure, but also intangible heritage such as technical knowledge and the way the work is organised. We preserve industrial heritage and share knowledge about its social and cultural effects on society, and how it changes the landscape and environment.
Relocation of people in and between countries, often triggered by the need for work and hope for a better future, is relevant both in a historical context and in our time. We focus on cultural encounters between people, and how migration challenges and develops society.
Through proper conservation, we can slow down the deterioration of cultural heritage. We carry out knowledge-based conservation of everything from cultural landscapes to industrial heritage sites, buildings, and objects. Conservation may involve both preventive measures, direct treatment and documentation, examination and monitoring of objects to secure information and obtain new knowledge.
MUHO became the first joint museum organisation in Hordaland county when The Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum, The Conservation Department, and the conservator for technical and industrial heritage in Bergen joined forces in 2004, under the name Museumssenteret i Salhus (The Museum Centre in Salhus). In 2006, The Cultural Heritage Service in Nordhordland was established. From 1 January 2007, the organisation gained two new departments on Osterøy: the folk museum Osterøy museum and the farm and protected cultural landscape at Havrå. The Heathland Centre at Lygra joined MUHO on 12 February 2007, and emigration history became part of the museum’s portfolio through the inclusion of The Western Norway Emigration Centre in January 2010.