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Stiftelsen Arkivet - Gestapos Hovedkvarter

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Address: Vesterveien 4, Kristiansand 4616, Norway
Phone Number: +47 38 10 74 00

The only authentic WWII Gestapo Headquarters. Houses the Institute for...

The only authentic WWII Gestapo Headquarters. Houses the Institute for Dialogue and Conflict Resolution and the Centre for Humanitarian Organisations.

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Absolutely intriguing.

Probably not for everyone, or an destination to see in Norway. This very unassuming building housed horrors of war. Located at the far end of town, about a 15 walk from the fish... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2016
Kevin D
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Probably not for everyone, or an destination to see in Norway. This very unassuming building housed horrors of war. Located at the far end of town, about a 15 walk from the fish market is this building. From the front it looks like a small three story hall. The entrance is a actually at the back which is a very... More 

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Kristiansand, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Oh my... I had my first trip to Arkivet and I couldn't get enough information. The persons that worked there had a lot of information to share and could answer almost everything I asked for. Are you interested in history this is the place to go.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

This is the Gestapo HQ during WWII. Took our family (6, 8, & 10 year old girls), and my wife and I and the 10 YO talked about it for 2 hours after. At least 10 times more interesting than you would ever imagine. The tour and the guide are amazing and you get a powerful appreciation of the Norwegian... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

In the cellar of this building, which was the headquarter of Gestapo during WW2, you will find the rooms were torture really happened during the war. They have models showing what happened. People even died there, or become invalid. An exhibition shows lots of this used during WW2 in Norway.

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Kristiansand, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It's ingcredibel what people has done, and what people has experience. IT was interresting to watch and listening to the guide. I learned much about the history from Worldwar 2 and what Arkivet was used to. See things from the Gestapo, read about the leader Kerner and many more.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This place is a 10 minute walk from the centre. During the war the building was used as Gestapo headquarters; people were tortured in the basement. The museum tells the story of the perpetrators, victims, collaborators and resistance. I found it a interesting insight into Norway during the war, the good and bad behaviour by both sides. The museum is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We have been to Kristiansand several times to visit family. This was our first visit to this museum, and I must say, for a small town, this is very impressive. Essentially, this is a museum dedicated to the spirit of the Norwegian people who were under the occupation and oppression of Hitler's forces during World War II. I had long... More 

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