The exhibition is hosted by the Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine. The museum's objective is to demonstrate the implications of progress in Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine, socially and culturally, through the ages.
The museum is an educational institution with collections, exhibitions, publications and other activities, which makes it a place of learning for visitors of all ages.
Through its collections and exhibits the museum chronicles the development of Norway from an agrarian society to a complex industrial society. The museum contains permanent exhibitions on transport and aviation, Norwegian industrial history, energy and electricity, the wood and metal industries, oil, gas and plastics, music, clocks and watches, calculating machines and computers, as well as a science centre. The most recent addition to the museum is the National Museum of Medicine, opened to the public in 2003. The galleries offer examples of how objects, through interpretation, can be used to provide an understanding of contemporary life.
A museum has many identities; as a warehouse, a place of learning and a place for inspiration. The name "museum" originally meant home of the muses, the angels of inspiration. Here a certain reverence for the great achievements of the past is fostered, along with recognition of the men and women who made them possible and some humility at the incompleteness of our own understanding.
The museum was founded in 1914 in order to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution. The museum opened to the public in 1932. Since 1985 the museum has been located at Kjelsås in Oslo, covering an area of around 20,000 square meters. In addition to its exhibitions, the museum has a library and historical archives, a café and a museum shop.