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Not a must, But Yes worth visiting

Walkable from town.Maybe 20 minutes or a kilometer. Decent 2 floor displays of World War 2... read more

Reviewed January 28, 2019
Los Angeles, California
An educational, well done museum paired with the Sami museum.

We walked about a mile from our hotel to these museums and really enjoyed the costumes, art and... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2018
Janet M
Denver, Colorado
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Our exhibitions reflects life and culture in the borderland between Norway, Russia and Finland, with a special emphasis on World War II.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Foerstevannslia, Kirkenes 9900, Norway
+47 78 99 48 80
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All reviews world war couple of hours town centre several languages waffles mining history border area german occupation entrance fee another couple gift shop beautiful sunny day closes at pm on display hurtigruten terminal hot chocolate two hours
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We got off to a bad start, getting wet feet paddling through uncleared melting slush on the approach road to the museum. The museum looked promising, housed in a spacious modern building. At first sight, the exhibits, storyboards and illustrations looked interesting. The problem was...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed January 31, 2019 via mobile

This wonderful museum documents the borderland's history. Most all exhibits have explanations in multiple languages. Definitely stop by if your time permits.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 28, 2019

Walkable from town.Maybe 20 minutes or a kilometer. Decent 2 floor displays of World War 2 artifacts- Norway fighting together with the Soviets against the Germans. Shows the history of the Sami tribe of Norway. Not a huge gallery, but it was all presented well,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We walked down from our hotel and it's a nice museum depicting the world war 2. Very informative and for history lovers it depicts the Norwegian culture, the Sami tribe, and its contributions during the war along with Soviet soldiers in fighting the Germans.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kaustabh S
Reviewed December 7, 2018

Very interesting museum explaining the history of the WWII in Kirkenes and in Finnmark region. Several display to be read in several languages, many pictures and original objects from the war, including an original plane - sunk in the water - used by Russian to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

This is a really interesting part of Norway with a very interesting history. This museum covers it all! The museum is a good 20/25 minute walk from town, but an easy and interesting walk.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

We walked about a mile from our hotel to these museums and really enjoyed the costumes, art and crafts of the Sami museum and all that we learned about the history of the borderlands (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia), - cultural, economic (mining), and around events...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet M
Reviewed October 19, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I and another couple visited this museum late in the afternoon of the day we spent in Kirkenes before boarding the Hurtigruten the following day for its return trip to Bergen. We had flown in from Oslo in the morning and, after...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is undoubtedly the best attraction in Kirkenes (there aren't many anyway!). The exhibition of mining history is particularly good, as is the exhibition about the war - the poignant poems on display are particularly thought-provoking. There's a café serving tea/coffee and cakes/biscuits and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 23, 2018

How ignorant I felt after a few minutes inside this museum. The Arctic Convoys and their hellish journeys have been in my mind for decades but I was completely unaware of the scale of the German/Soviet fighting, in this area, in the Second World War....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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March 26, 2018|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know if the museum is open over Easter - best to check with the museum. This February we walked into Kirkenes from the Hurtigruten terminal and were offered a lift to the museum after asking the way. We caught the... More
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Response from Detlev B | Reviewed this property |
We were there in summer so we walked from the THON Hotel which was about 45 minutes.