Forsvarsmuseet or Norway´s Resistance museum shows military history in Norway since the Viking times until now. This museum was opened in 1978 and is located in a building from 1860 which used to be an arsenal.
When you enter the museum you enter the "newest" section of the museum, i.e. the war in Vietnam, Korea, Afganistan, Somalia, Bosnia etc. And in front of each section is a photo of a real soilder who was in this war and his/her story, making each war become more personal and heart-wrenching.
On the second floor you enter different ages, beginning with the Vikings, which for me, coming from Iceland, was the most interesting part of the museum. The museum is quite big and leads you from one age to another, with a lot of cannons on display. The exhibitions show Danish rule over Norway until 1814 (which is why the Norwegian language is like Danish with a different accent). Then another hall shows the union with Sweden in 1814-1905.
I dislike wars so I became more and more uncomfortable, as I had no idea that it was such a big museum with so many showrooms. And I literally ran through the WW2 section, which shows 5 years of Nazy occupation in Norway from 1940.
There is also a marine section and a Cold war section. I must say it was overwhelming. And I walked into a small house, first the kitchen and then the living room and then into a totally ruined same house destroyed by the nuclear bomb in Nagasaki. After that I couldn´t take anymore and had to go out and breathe in some fresh air. In the brochure it says that it takes ca 1-2 hours to visit this museum, so go there on a rainy day - it was 26 degrees C and sunny outside when I visited, I thought I could just pop in and have a look around.
I guess this museum is more for men - not wanting to state a cliché though?
There is a café at the museum and next to it is the Forsvarsmuseet own library, which I didn´t visit as it is only open from Wednesday-Friday from 09:00-15:00.
Opening hours: Winter 1.9-31.4 = Mondays: closed - Tuesday-Friday: 11:00-16:00 - weekends: 11:00-17:00. Summer 1.5-31.8 = Mondays: closed - Tuesday-Friday: 10:00-17:00 - weekends: 11:00-17:00
This museum seemed to be on the grounds of the Akerhaus Fortress. It honors the resistance movement of the Norwegians in World War Two against the German occupying forces. Background: Hitler thought the Allied invasion would be through Norway, so he committed resources in Norway that were needed elsewhere. Two groups that resisted are honored in the displays: clergy and teachers. The museum looks small from the outside, but it has many displays and is quite thorough. It can become tedious. Still, it's worth the cost and time to become aware of the sacrifices made by Norway in the war. Unfortunately, we do not have any photos of the museum exterior.
For Americans, the World War II fight against the Nazis is primarily stories about battles fought far from home. In virtually all of Europe, World War II was a cataclysmic life and death struggle fought in one's city, streets and homes. The Norges Hjemmefront Museet vividly brings to life this struggle in Norway, largely through primary documents, contemporary news accounts, and the tools of the resistance. While the story is primarily of the heroic Norwegian resistance that largely prevented Nazi utilization of Norway's resources, it also includes accounts of collaboration by the puppet government and ruthless imprisonment and executions.
While this is not a large museum, it takes a couple of hours, largely of reading documentation, to grasp the enormity of the atrocities and the struggles against them.
In the Akershus Fortress there is the Norway's Resistance Museum. This museum shows the history of the Nazi occupation and all the horror that they made in Norway. It shows how the resistence tried to resist to them making guns and to sabotage thir buildings. Very interesting!!!
Five years of occupation from invasion to liberation are re-created with pictures, documents, posters, objects, interesting models, original copies of newspapers and recordings. A historical, fascinating and important museum.
The story or Norwegian resistance and of some collaboration with the German occupation during WWII.
Interesting and moving account of those times and very informative too, a worthwhile visit.
This small museum on the grounds of Akerhus Slott is dedicated to the history of the WWII Nazi occupation of Norway and the resistance movement in Norway.