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Exhibition hall

The exhibition hall is what the public first sees when they enter the doors of the Institute. In the exhibition hall is a permanent exhibtion on the history of sound recording since Edison. We have phonographs, portable wind-up gramophone players and old and new sound storage media from cylinders and shellac records to magnetic tapes and CDs.

In the hall we also have part of the Peer Gynt exhibition, which has travelled all over the world with examples of how recordings of Grieg's Peer Gynt have been marketed through record covers in different countries and cultures.


In the exhibition hall there is a workstation ideal for group work, with large desks and access to wi-fi.

Dørumsgaard room

The Dørumsgaard room holds the vocal collection, with opera, recitals and modern music. This is also where Dørumsgaard's great piano is situated, moved here from his former home in Marzio, Italy after his death. In this room we also keep his complete reinterpretations to Norwegian of asian poetry.


Up on the 2nd floor, we keep the Norwegian collection, with music by Norwegian composers, or with Norwegian performers. This is also where we keep instrumental music; concerts, recitals and chamber music. If you are looking for our Tandberg-collection, this is also placed on the 2nd floor.


On the 2nd floor there is a workstation with a computer, available to use for the public. There is also a listening station for vinyl records. If anyone wishes to listen to older recordings, the staff is eager to help find solutions.


The Institute has access to an auditorium, which is used for a number of events, such as listening courses and school visits. The auditorium holds about 50 people, and has a computer, projector, whiteboards with and without barlines, a piano and record players that can play LP, 78 and Pathé records. The room can be booked for meetings, master classes, courses etc.Contact us for prices and availability.


The Institute has two studios that are used for digitisation.


We have a total of 3 stacks. All orchestral material on LP are kept in one stack, together with music from the Middle Ages and the Renessance. We also have two climate controlled stacks where we keep material that needs special climate conditions, such as the 78 records, Pathé records and magnetic tapes.

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