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The Borderland Museum

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Address: Foerstevannslia, Kirkenes 9900, Norway
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+47 78 99 48 80
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Our exhibitions reflects life and culture in the borderland between Norway,...

Our exhibitions reflects life and culture in the borderland between Norway, Russia and Finland, with a special emphasis on World War II.

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Interesting museum

The museum fits in a lot of exhibits into a small space. Most of the literature is translated into multiple languages.

Reviewed March 8, 2017
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Victoria, BC
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Instead of spending several hundred additional dollars for a Hurtigruten excursion, we walked 20 minutes through some quiet neighbourhoods of Kirkenes to the Borderland (Varanger) Museum. What a find! The location itself is lovely — beside a lake (still partly frozen in mid-May) and surrounded by birch trees. Very impressive inside, with exhibits spread spaciously over two floors. The well... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed April 2, 2017

I really wanted to like this museum. It is there to tell interesting and not widely known stories about this remote part of the world, but it doesn't quite hang together. The commentary is sporadic and you have to hunt for the english descriptions. Still worth a visit whilst you are waiting for an evening tour. The building is nice... More 

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Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

The museum fits in a lot of exhibits into a small space. Most of the literature is translated into multiple languages.

Thank tom r
Hastings, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Even with January snow this was easy enough to walk up to from town centre. Displays were multilingual and informative. Building overlooking a frozen lake. Worth a visit if you have time, reasonable coffee price too.

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Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

A small, but interesting small town museum, with a particular focus on world war 2 and the Norwegian resistance . Unfortunately, as a non-Norwegian language speaker, I didn't get as much out of the information signs as I would have liked. Some interesting local art as well.

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Merseyside, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed December 26, 2016

Great historical time-line exhibition with further exhibitions on the iron ore trade and sami. Will occupy about two hours of time, Reasonably priced cafe and novel souvenirs.

1 Thank monktonman
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Reviewed September 8, 2016

I loved the Sami people history and culture that is still relevant today. Artifact's from the war, each with their own story. Lots to see here and definitely worth a visit.

1 Thank love-for-sunny-beach
Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed August 31, 2016

This is not a very fancy museum, however it really offers full and complete information on all the WW2 events in the border area between Russia, Norway and Finland. You will also learn a lot about mining in the area, and the indigenous Sami people. If you have a couple of hours free in Kirkenes, I definitely recommend a visit!

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Grimstad, Norway
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Reviewed July 31, 2016

The museum focuses on different milestones before and after the World War II in the most northern border where Finnish, Norwegian and Russian were interact and affected by the war through the history. Many information is available in multiple languages, making this museum is really accessible for all. Some of them are actually poems related to the war. To understand... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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Reviewed July 26, 2016

Very well laid out with plenty of reading as well as exhibits. Easy to walk to from the town centre. Cafes were well. Catered for

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