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“A good find”

The Borderland Museum
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Kirkenes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Our exhibitions reflects life and culture in the borderland between Norway, Russia and Finland, with a special emphasis on World War II.
Oslo, Norway
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A good find”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

An interesting museum on the edge of town with a nice café. However beware: it closes early, about 3pm if I remember correctly.

Visited August 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Good museum to understand WWII experience”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We arrived by cruise ship and walked to the museum. It was easy to find from downtown but all uphill. The museum itself was very nice. DH especially enjoyed the Russian dive bomber on display inside. It is one of only 5 left in the world. There were many diarama displays that told the personal experiences of he people in town which was obliterated by bombing.

Kirkenes was a major access port to the Berents Sea for the Germans who wanted st stop the ships that were supplying the Russians through Murmansk. Consequently the Russians bombed the heck out of the town. It is a fascinating history.

Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the cultural parts of the museum.

Visited June 2013
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Egersund, Norway
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Intresting”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

gave me an interesting glimt of the 2ww: How the locals worked with the russians against the germans, and the missive destruction of Kirkenes

Good exhibition, well organized, easy to walk around without a guide.

Visited June 2013
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“highlight of the Kirknes stay”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

historical view of what happened in this borderland , particularly WWII ; One can easily spend a couple of hrs looking at what the Germans did, their entrenchment & efforts to capture Murmansk, the local resistance & then the Russian carpet bombings like in Dresden by Britain

Visited June 2013
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Kansas City, Missouri
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Small but interesting museum”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

It is interesting to see a museum that is about the Soviets liberating a town from the Nazis. The tension of the border with Russia is shown in very understated ways. For instance, upstairs there is a small exhibit explaining that the Russians early on encouraged an open border, but the Norwegians decided to close their side for fear of espionage and the recruitment of Norwegian nationals as infiltrators.

There are also local artisan souvenirs, including knitted mittens with Norwegian designs. Several looms are on the upper floor, as well as some spinning wheels stationed at the entrance. There was not much explanation for these items, yet they were interesting to look at and I wish some description had been provided. Are they unique to this region? Is the area known for its wool? The thread was uniformly undyed. Is this typical or merely an easier way to exhibit the materials?

The first floor exhibit of the horrors of the war in Kirkenes is fascinating. The suffering of the people of this region during the war is evident. The focus of this museum, unique in my experience, is on the targeting of partisans/communists within the community rather than an ethnic, religious, or culturally marginalized group. Even in what appears to be a pretty homogenous place, persecution was still possible.

Worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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