Narvik Krigsmuseum

Narvik Krigsmuseum

Narvik Krigsmuseum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The museum has a large collection from WWII. The museum tells the stories of WWII in North Norway and the dramatic fight for Narvik i 1940. The museum has a section devoted to universal questions related to war and human rights. The quality and design of the exhibition is exquisite and must be experienced!
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Andrewsk8s
Trondheim, Norway279 contributions
Jul 2020
I love history and historic museums. I am fascinated by stories and artifacts that can make a historical event real and meaningful to me. The Narvik War Museum is one of the better exhibition halls that accomplish this.

This is a museum 95% about the Battle of Narvik, in Narvik, the town central to the action. It is not so much a general military museum.

There are three levels of exhibits. Some of the exhibits have basic interactive elements to them (audio tours, buttons that change the screen information or start films, etc.). These are supplemented by a first class collection of artifacts from the Battle of Narvik including artillery, uniforms, gear and weapons. I am personally not offended by it, but this includes Nazi paraphernalia and uniforms in historic context, so be forewarned.

I think the two exhibits that meant the most for me were the topographic relief table map upon which a lighted presentation of the battle was projected. I am not a naval man, so naval strategies are a bit arcane to me but I could fully understand what happened and why when it was presented graphically and chronologically. Secondly, was the mini-theater which showed firsthand accounts of various events and conditions during the battle. Hearing the pain in the voices really makes me connect with those people that experienced this episode in history.

Maybe I missed it but there did not seem to be much preamble, like why Narvik was invaded, and why it was important to the Germans. Indeed the whole reason for the German invasion of Norway is because of the importance of Narvik and access to (neutral) Swedish iron ore.

The museum is in a fine new Government building and is supported by a nice gift shoppe and a cafe.

If one is in Narvik and would like to learn about the historic events that occurred there in 1940, I highly recommend the Narvik War Museum.
Written July 12, 2020
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Lin974
Texas47 contributions
Feb 2020
We took a shuttle into town from where our cruise ship docked and walked to this museum which is in the center of town. It is very good and informative. Most of the explanations were in English so that was no a problem. This is an excellent museum worth visiting. There was a nominal entry fee. Do not be confused as it is sharing the same building with the library.
Written February 19, 2020
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default1916
Trim, Ireland524 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I like the first half of the museum very much, displays are very informative and visually fantastic, the second half made no sense at all, it got all Pink Floyd and never explained its self, around €10 entry, I would not go back.
Written October 9, 2019
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Siddy57
Nagpur, India238 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
This place is an authentic war museum which allows photography as well.
They charge a 20$ entry fee but its worth it. This place is well maintained and has a lot of brilliant artifacts. I visited it in august 2014 and had a fabulous experience.
Written April 1, 2015
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Rooombiter
Isle of Wight, UK594 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
We visited Narvik from Bjorkliden by train specifically to see the war museum and it was definitely worthwhile.
The museum had recently moved from its former site and is now in a media hub along with the library etc. It is now run by the "Narvik Centre of War and Peace" so there is a focus on peace and human rights alongside documentation of Norway's role in world war 2, we found it fascinating.
I visited the Imperial War Museum in London last year and although the Narvik museum is quite small, the displays and style of information would not be out of place in a state of the art installation like it's London cousin.
The world war 2 battle of Narvik is comprehensively described using 3D models and projected graphics along with artefacts from the battle, videos and sound clips .
There are descriptions in multiple languages and you gain a real understanding of the factors involved, especially the importance of the high quality iron ore from Sweden that was vital to sustain Germany's war effort.
Downstairs in the museum there are displays and installations that ask philosophical questions about the nature of war and conflict both ancient and modern and pose dilemmas that leave you pondering long after leaving the museum.
What a super attraction, although it's not very large I recommend anyone spend a couple of hours here if they are interested in this fascinating time and place in recent history.
There is a cafe for snacks and drinks with friendly staff to finish off your visit and books and souvenirs can be purchased. It's great!
Written February 6, 2017
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Looking_for_charme
Bergen, Norway1,192 contributions
Jul 2020
This museum is mostly about the "battle of Narvik". Much interesting to read and see. Well worth a visit.
Written November 21, 2020
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sayles033
Misawa, Japan147 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited the museum in the teeth of a blizzard on a Sunday. I had been hoping to visit the musuem and was glad to see that it was open. While the military museum is relatively small, it is well laid out and spacious. One can take their time to examine and read the displays. Labeling was well done on the exhibits and quite informative. The general aspects of the battles over Narvik are well known but this museum gives context to the events overall. The roles of the various allied forces is well laid out.

There is a coffee shop and gift shop so one can make quite a nice morning from visiting the museum.

I highly recommend it.
Written December 28, 2019
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richard s
Locks Heath, UK143 contributions
Dec 2019
We visited at least partially to escape the blizzard raging outside, and it did at least provide a haven of warmth. Norway wanted to remain neutral and was very much a victim of events and German expansionism, notwithstanding that there was a Norwegian Nazi party. There was also a dedicated and brave resistance movement to set against the Quislings and collaborators.The museum spreads over three floors but to be honest there are not a huge number of exhibits and only the dedicated military history buff will linger more than an hour or so. There is also a transport museum for which you can buy tickets at the war museum. To get there is a bit of a maze as you exit the WM at basement level, find your way through and underground car park, which is poorly signed, and finally emerge on a station platform. The door to the TM is just to your left but it's easy to assume you've made a mistake. There is a fine model railway layout which wasn't working when we were there, but the rest of the display was very modest and all signage was in Norwegian which made it impenetrable to us. We did find that the locals spoke English on a decent and often excellent level so some English signage would have helped visitors. My advice would be to see the War museum if you have a real interest and skip the other one.
Written December 10, 2019
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KAMcDonald21
Alexandria, VA35 contributions
Nov 2019
It is a very well-done exhibit on the importance of Narvik during WWII. They showed views from both sides. The projection on the map of the Narvik area is beautiful. The second half of the exhibit gets a little more preachy, imploring visitors to examine the cost of war and when it is won. This is fine, but it gets a little odd when missiles have bird wings attached to them.

As historical reenactors, my boyfriend and I enjoyed the museum.
Written November 14, 2019
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John S
Stockholm, Sweden17 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
There are not that many things to do and see in Narvik so the Narvik War Museum is worth a visit. It gives a good and illustrative understanding of the German occupation from 1940. Before the exit there was an exhibition not related to the WW2 which I found a bit weird.
Written June 28, 2017
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