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Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)

More info. about the Norsk Døvemuseum

Questions answered by: Lene S. Strøm, 18 May 2022

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 1: Interest?

Is there a lot of interest in your Museum, is your Museum important? In your city, your region, in your country? Why? Or... why not?

The Museum is important, but we don’t have many visitors on a daily basis (drop-in). It is a political interest in our museum, and among the deaf community.

The Deaf Museum is a national museum here in Norway, so we represent the whole country, not just our region (Trøndelag).

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 2: Target Group?

The target group of your Museum: the Deaf community or also hearing persons? Adults, or also children? 

Can you tell us how many people visit your Museum, on average, Per day, week, or per month?

We have a debate among our employees these days; is this a museum for the deaf community, or for the hearing to learn about the deaf community? We think this is difficult and have not come to a conclusion yet. We have many school children visiting our museum, and school children for high school, which often are a difficult group to interact with (they are too cool for museums😊). But we learn that we sometimes move them and make them think when they learn about deaf culture.

Target group: Children from 6 – 18, adults who want to learn about deaf culture and the deaf community.

Because of corona, we did’t have many visitors the last years. Usually, we have about 3000 visitors a year (a low amount).

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 3: Advertising

Does your Museum have a website? Do you use Social Media? Do you advertise in other ways? 

What - in your opinion -  is the most effective way to get people to visit your museum?

We have a website, Facebook and we also advertise in our local newspaper whenever we have an activity at the museum.

I think social media is the best way to reach visitors.

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 4: Location?

The location of your Museum. Is it in a building that is owned by you? Rented? Can you use it for free? Is your Museum located at a Deaf school, a Deaf Club or a Deaf Association? If we may ask: what are the costs? 

The Deaf Museum in Norway is located in a protected building (we are not allowed to interfere with any of the interior) and is not owned by us. We rent the areas at a pricy cost.

The museum is located in what used to be the Deaf school, but was closed during the 1990’s.

There are also other organizations renting areas in the building. This makes it difficult to make good advertising for the entrance of the museum. 

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 5: Finances?

Is your museum a commercial enterprise, do you make a profit?

Do you receive funding? From who?

We do not make a profit. The Deaf Museum in Norway is a part of a big collaboration of museums in our region, called Museene i Sør-Trøndelag (MiST).

The museum in MiST receives fundings from the cultural department, so does the Deaf Museum.

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 6: People working at your Museum ?

Do you have any paid employees? If yes: how many? 

Do you depend on volunteers? How many volunteers work at your Museum?

The people who work at your Museum (as professionals or as volunteers) have they had any special training in Museum Skills, other relevant training? 

We are going through a change when it comes to staff, but yes, we have paid employees.

The Deaf Museum is working together with Sverresborg folkmuseum in Trondheim. Here we are about 30 employees. Three of these are involved with the Deaf Museum.

We do have a volunteer group, The people who are working at our museum have been offered courses in sign language.

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 7: Collaboration?

Do you work together with other Deaf Museums? Or universities, groups or Deaf Archives in Europe?  If you do, who with?
If you don't: would you like to cooperate with other organizations ? 

The Deaf Museum has been working with the university (NTNU) several times, and also with Statped (education for people working with deaf people).

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Question 8: The Future?

What about the future of your Museum?  What are future risks, future opportunities? 

Future risks are the location of the Museum since we don’t own the building.

Future opportunities are the political interest in the museum and also the general focus on minorities.

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 9: Three wishes?

If you could make three wishes for the future of your Museum: or for Deaf Museums in general: what do you wish for?

A bigger museum with new exhibitions that focus not only on deaf people’s culture and way of living, but also focuses on the development of language, what it means to be a part of a minority, being right or wrong when it comes to choices for your deaf child (or hearing child in a deaf family).

These are questions that give us relevant discussions and that also interest the younger generation in a way I have not seen in museums before.

I would also be glad if the deaf community would involve more in the development of the museum, and not just the location but also participate in the dialogue of who visits the museum and why.

Norsk Døvemuseum (NO)
Question 10: Anything Else?

Are there any other things you want to tell Deaf Associations, other organisations or people who want to start a Deaf Museum? Any advice? Things they should - or should not - do?

A new employee starts working with us 1.st of June 2022, so perhaps our answers will be a bit different next time you ask.