Trondheim: The Home to Norway’s Leading Music Museum

Photo: Rockheim/ Harald Øren

Photo: Rockheim/ Harald Øren

Rockheim is Norway’s national museum for pop and rock music and has exhibitions featuring music and its history with a strong focus on Norwegian artists. The museum was built in 2010 overlooking Trondheim’s fjord and probably has some of the best views in the city.  In 2012, Rockheim was nominated by Europe’s Museum Forum to be Europe’s Museum of the Year earning the museum international recognition in the following years. Rockheim is now known widely for its utilization of modern technology and creating new, interactive ways to explore music history and Norwegian talents.

Photo: Marius Watz

Photo: Marius Watz

Not only is Rockheim a museum, but an architectural gem that stands out in Trondheim’s waterfront skyline, complete with a colorful light show from the roof’s “TopBox” that can be seen in the dark winter nights.

Photo: Marius Watz

Photo: Marius Watz

Photo: Marius Watz

Photo: Marius Watz

Photo: Rockheim/ Geir Mogen

Photo: Rockheim/ Geir Mogen

The journey through Rockheim starts on the top floor in the “TopBox.” You begin with the first exhibition and work your way down floor by floor. The Time Tunnel is Rockheim’s permanent exhibition and is the first exhibition on the journey. It is an interactive experience requiring the audience to walk through a series of rooms, each holding a plethora of cultural and musical memorabilia from a different decade. It begins with the 1950s and progresses until present day.

Photo: Rockheim

Photo: Rockheim

Rockheim’s Restuarant is located on the 5th floor and serves everything from cakes and coffee to lunch and dinner. You can even try some local food from Trondheim! This restaurant offers a wonderful atmosphere with its vinyl record ceiling and spectacular views of Trondheim’s fjord.

Photo: Adresseavisen

Photo: Adresseavisen

At the moment Rockheim is hosting its first international exhibition. Pattie Boyd’s exhibition entitled George, Eric & Me-  A Personal Collection are a series of photographs taken during  “The Swinging Sixties,” one of music’s most pivotal points in history. The pictures help illustrate the life of Pattie Boyd as well as her relationships with George Harrison of the Beatles and Eric Clapton. Aside from the photos various personal possessions, costumes and instruments will be on display. This exhibition and all others at Rockheim are a must- see if you are ever in Trondheim. This exhibition is open until the 31st of August, 2014.

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“Trondheim: The Home to Norway’s Leading Music Museum”
  • What a great article. I love the connection between music, history and this young writers ability to celebrate international relations in a time when people need to hear the music…

  • So great to read about Rockheim – one of the institutions that we are so proud of in Trondheim, Norway. Well written and easy to read. Good flow and rhythm – TBK