KODE consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen, the Harald Sæverud Museum Siljustøl, the Ole Bull Museum Lysøen and the old institutions Bergen Art Museum and the West Norway Museum of Decorative Art. The five museums were merged to form a combined entity in 2006, and starting in January 2007, established as an independent foundation. The composers’ homes are part of KODE, but keep their own unique names.
KODE is led by director Karin Hindsbo. Chairman of the board is Torger Ødegaard.
In the section that discusses KODE’s social responsibility in the museum’s strategic plan, it is emphasized that KODE needs be a clear and visible cultural actor that effects societal change. As an institution with a formative responsibility, it is our role to enlighten and inform the public, and to stimulate a sense of reflection in individuals’ meetings with art and music. The museum shall produce and communicate knowledge, create new experiences and foster a sense of inclusion. The museum has set the goal of being an active and leading participant within its disciplines. KODE shall also contribute to scholarly debate and rejuvenation, challenge its own role, measure itself against the best museums in Europe, and take advantage of its special combination of art museums and composers’ homes.