Summer at the Preus museum

Unknown photographer, pin-up photo from cigarette packet, Ilona Massey, 1940ies

Summer at the Preus museum

The museum is open every day in July 11 am - 4 pm.

Free entry on Tuesdays, free admittance for children under 16 years.

Enjoy interesting exhibitions, explore optical principles and the dark room - the Camera Obscura - in our kid's room. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a piece of cake in our nice self service cafe with a seaside view. Preus museum is situated on beautiful Karljohansvern, the beach is only a stroll away!

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Current Exhibition

From Vision Machines to Instagram

The Preus museum's fantastic collection sheds light on the many aspects of photography in this exhibition.



From Vision Machines to Instagram

Agnete Brun, Jørgen Skavlan, 2010. Property of Preus museum collection.

The museum was founded in 1995 when the Norwegian Government bought the collections that belonged to Preus Fotomuseum, a private museum. The Norwegian State is the owner of the museum. In May 2001 the museum moved into Magasin A at Karljohansvern in Horten, about one hours drive from Oslo. The interior decoration is drawn by Architect Sverre Fehn. The collections contains photographies, ather kind of images, cameras and other technical equipment that shed light on the history of photography. There is a wide representation of the international history of photography in the image collection. Preus museum's library holds international standard.

Current Exhibition

A History of Photography

A History of Photography

From the exhibition "A History of Photography" (photo: Andreas Harvik/Preus museum)

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Opening hours:

Tue - Sun 11-16

Kommandørkaptein Klincks vei 7
NO-3183 Horten


24 July 2016

Da gjenstår det for meg å takke for at jeg fikk lov å dele noen av mine bilder her på @preusmuseum denne uken. Det har vært en ære! Helt til slutt vil jeg minne om at Preus museum og @igersoslo arrangerer konkurransen #Preusvinner2016 nå i sommer, vinneren får stille ut tre vinnerbilder på Fotografiets dag søndag 21. august! Se link i bio. Dette er fire bilder jeg har lyst til å fremheve. Bli med på konkurransen du også!» Og fortsatt god sommer! ????lig hilsen Linn / @frkflorin

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Wall of Fame

Wall of fame: Arnold Newman

Arnold Newman (1918-2006) wanted his portraits to show the special relationship the person had with her or his world via symbolism and physical surroundings.

Wall of fame: Arnold Newman

© Arnold Newman, Igor Stravinskij, New York, 1946. Preus museum's collection.