Current exhibition

Edward S. Curtis: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a determent, carismatic pioneer photographer who in 1900 set out to document the traditional lives of American indigenous people. His work was rediscovered in the 1970s and is now synonymous with photographing American indigenous.

Edward S. Curtis: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

Edward Sheriff Curtis, Sioux Chiefs, 1904. 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

The world in 3D

The world in 3D

Underwood & Underwood (unknown photographer), Gudvangen's outlook over the Nærøfjord where the sea reaches far in among the mountains, Norway, 1905. Stereo Photograph. Preus museum Collection

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Opening hours 2020

Tuesday – Sunday           11-16

Jan - June / August - Dec  

Wednesday – Friday       11-15
Saturday – Sunday         11-16

The museum has regular opening hours in autumn-, winter- and easterbreak

Kommandørkaptein Klincks vei 7
NO-3183 Horten


27 May 2020

Lyst til å bli med på vandring i Preus museums arkitektur i morgen? Siden du ikke kan komme til museet akkurat nå, kommer vi til deg der du er! Du får høre om bygningen fra 1860-tallet, om marokkanske basarer og om Sverre Fehn. Monika og Ingri vandrer rundt med deg. Direktesendingen dukker opp på Facebook kl 12 (lenke i bio) foto: Christine Wendelborg/Preus museum

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Elisabeth Meyer, barneparaden, 1955. Tilhører Preus museums samling.  

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Permanent exhibition

A history of photography

The exhibition gives an acquaintance with the pre-photographic technologies where the idea of an image was created, then moves to the enormous breadth of experimentation and research that has led all the way to current digital images.