The Norwegian Deaf Museum is a national museum for the culture and history of the deaf. It is housed in the former boarding school (1855-1991) for deaf pupils from Trøndelag and Northern Norway.
The museum’s underlying theme is sign language and communication. The exhibition is both a concept exhibition and a traditional one with display cases. The history of the deaf is one without many objects, and yet we have succeeded in collecting objects, which the deaf themselves link to history from many regions of our country.
The Norwegian Museum of Deaf Culture and History is also a contemporary museum. We have documented the living culture deaf community and the current situation for the deaf, especially concerning the young deaf. The documentation has been done in Trondheim and Oslo, and everything has been filmed using sign language, texting, and audio.
The museum’s underlying theme is sign language and communication. The exhibition is both a concept exhibition and a traditional one with display cases. On the one hand, the museum focuses on understanding, communication and problems leading to reflection and that influences attitudes. On the other hand, this is a museum for the history of the deaf – representing all of Norway. This group would like to see their history depicted in a professional and clear way, as a place to work with memories and strengthening their identity.
The museum has chosen to solve this two-part brief through both traditional museum exhibitions, an activity room – “Rom-X”, and with digital content on touch-screens in the exhibition area. There are individual stories and stories connected to the physical exhibition in glass cases and tableaus. The activity room has its own set up for teaching the hearing about sing language, communication and about respect for differences in our multi-cultural society.