Our facilities

Exhibition hall

The exhibition hall is what the public first sees when they enter the doors of the Institute. In the exhibition hall we have a permanent exhibition 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 keep the Norwegian collection, with music by Norwegian composers, or with Norwegian performers. There will also be a changing exhibition of records associated with current topics.


In the exhibition hall there is a workstation ideal for group work, with large desks and access to wi-fi. There is also a listening station for vinyl records. 

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


The Institute has access to an auditorium, which is used for several events, such as listening courses and school visits. The auditorium holds about 50 people, and has a computer, projector, whiteboard with and without bar lines, a piano and record player 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.


Up on the 2nd floor, 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. 


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.


The Institute has two studios that are used for digitization.