Armed Forces Museum Oslo Reviews
Norwegian Military History Sep 21, 2012
The Armed Forces Museum is located in a beautiful brick building - an armory from 1860 on the gounds of Akershus Fortress.
The Armed Forces Museum exhibitions display Norwegian defense and military history from the 1400s to the present day (The Danish period 1400s to 1814, the Union with Sweden 1814-1905, 1940-1945 - WWII, naval warfare 1940-45 and the Cold War 1945-1990). The museums permanent exhibits displaying artifacts, models, text and images from the Norwegian military history. Smaller things are nicely presented in glass cabinets and the larger once stand around in the different rooms. There are signage in English, but unfortunately not all of it is translated. They also offer a a wide range of activities like lectures and tours, summer trail through the exhibition, Christmas workshop, spring break day and culture night.
The Armed Forces Museums new exhibition is called “INTOPS - Norwegian troops in international operations”. It showes the efforts of more than 100 000 Norwegian soldiers - in nearly 100 operations in more than 40 countries on four continents. The main effort has been in the form of land forces, but Norway has also contributed capacities at sea and in the air. By every section there is a photo of a soldier or officer. You can touch the photo and hear the person tell his/her story. Nicely made! The Afghanistan part was particulary well made and it made a deep impression on me. Besides information and artifacts they had made a slide show with very touching photos from Afghanistan, photos mostly of children and local people. Unfortunately this exhibition is in Norwegian only.
Tonight was culture night, which a great number of museums, organizations and other sights take part in. All entrance fees are free, there are special events and many museums are open until midnight. Some even until 1 am.
Due to the special event “culture night”, tonight was a unique opportunity to get first hand information from veterans who have participated in international operations including Africa, the Middle East, Balkan and Afghanistan. They told their stories from the tragic and difficult UN operation in Somalia in the 1990s, from the Middle East and not least the ongoing campaign in Afghanistan. Pictures, artifacts and information is one thing, but to hear these people´s stories made it so much more alive and so much more real.
If you are interested in military history I can highly recommend the Armed Forces Museum.
Entrance is free and opening hours are: Tuesday – Friday: 11 am – 4 pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Monday: closed
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