The research at the Norwegian Aviation Museum is mainly aimed at studying the importance of aviation for the development of Norwegian society over the past 100 years. Why did we start flying? How did commercial air transport originate in Norway and what significance did it have for modern Norwegian society, economically, socially and culturally? How did aviation affect and change Norway’s security policy position, and what consequences did it have for the development of society? What consequences has the emergence of the air as a central war scene had for Norway?

We try to find answers to these and similar questions, and convey them to you as a museum visitor and aviation historically interested.

Why do we do research?

According to both the International Council Of Museums (ICOM) and the Ministry of Culture, research is one of 4 main functions of a museum. We can also say that when society chooses to use resources to preserve a special part of its history, it should be able to expect a certain “interest rate” in the form of increased knowledge, through research. Research is therefore an important part of the Norwegian Aviation Museum’s activities.
Aviation history is also a field where not much research has been done before.

Purpose of the museum’s research:

Increase the public’s interest in, knowledge of and understanding of Norwegian aviation history, especially the place of aviation in the development of society.

Carry out primary research – “closed holes” in our knowledge of Norwegian aviation history

Collect and make available secondary material through exhibitions, articles, and the like.

Encourage other institutions and individuals to choose aviation as a field of research.

Have interest and responsibility for aviation history in the broadest sense