The MCH conducts innovative high quality research in close interaction with the management of culture, heritage and public outreach.
The MCH possesses the largest archaeological and ethnographic collections in Norway, including finds from prehistoric times to the reformation, and with ethnographic and numismatic objects from all parts of the world until modern times. The collections of the museum include the Viking ships, ecclesiastical art from the Middle Ages, The Coin Cabinet, an Egyptian collection and a collection of objects from Classical Antiquity.
The research projects at the MCH explore topics within the three areas of the research strategy of the museum. The projects are connected with one or more of the researcher groups.