Back in 1989, when the Nordic Watercolour Association was first founded, there were dreams of creating a place for Nordic watercolour art, artistic work, research and courses in watercolour techniques, paper and pigment. The Watercolour Association asked 40 coastal communities from Oslo to Copenhagen if they wanted to contribute to making the dream come true.

The Municipality of Tjörn won, and in the year 2000 the centre for watercolour art was completed. Out of 386 proposals submitted by architects, The Meeting by Niels Bruun and Henrik Corfitsen from Denmark was chosen. Since the inaguration The Nordic Watercolour Museum has won numerous awards, including Museum of the Year in 2010. In the summer 2012, a new exhibition space was added to the museum and in 2015 the museum had reached 2,6 million visits and celebrated 15 years as an important and obvious meeting place for contemporary art.