Must has stewardship of over 210,000 works of art and cultural and natural-historical objects. Selections of these can be experienced in exciting exhibitions and events at MUST’s eleven museums. Several museums are in buildings and parks with cultural-historical value. MUST also has responsibility for two floating vessels, Wyvern and Anna av Sand, as well as Revtangen Ornithological Station. In addition, it administers the Ringing Centre, which organises all scientific bird ringing in Norway. MUST has a library for internal and external users.
Most of the museums are located in or near Stavanger’s city centre. Stavanger Museum houses the Norwegian Children’s Museum and exhibitions focusing on natural history and the history of Stavanger. Stavanger Maritime Museum and the Norwegian Canning Museum are in Old Stavanger. Stavanger Art Museum lies next to the lake Mosvannet, and Stavanger School Museum is in Hillevåg. The neighbourhood of Egenes is where you can find the The villa Breidablikk and the summer mansion and royal residence Ledaal. are in the Eiganes neighbourhood. Revtangen Ornithological Station is at Revtangen in the municipality of Klepp, and Norway’s only standing medieval monastery, Utstein Monastery, is on the island of Mosterøy near Rennesøy.
Throughout the year the museums offer over 400 events. Every autumn we organise Museum Night in partnership with Stavanger Archaeological Museum.
MUST emphasises cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovative learning and engagement programmes. Several of these programmes have won national prises.
MUST is one of five regional museums in Rogaland. It is organised into four disciplinary departments and one department for joint services.
Museum Stavanger AS is owned by Stavanger Municipality, Rogaland County Council and Rennesøy Municipality.
MUST’s administrative director is Siri Aavitsland, and its board chairperson is Sissel Knutsen Hegdal.