Norsk Luftfartsmuseum Bodo Reviews
An aerial experience Aug 05, 2011
The Norwegian Aviation Museum opened in 1994 and is Norway´s national museum for aviation history. The museum is located a good 20 minutes walk from the town centre of Bodø. You can also get there on the city bus (City Nord). It takes you to the museum in 10 minutes for $5,50.
The museum building is shaped like a giant propeller, with a military exhibition on one side, the old ATC tower in the middle and a civil exhibition on the other side. The museum is the largest in the field of aviation in the Nordic region.
The military exhibition shows Norway´s military aviation history from World War I until today. In the museums aircraft collection there are British, American, German and Norwegian produced aircrafts, a total of 22 military aircrafts (eg. Spitfighter, CF-104 Starfighter, JU 88, U-2 spy plane and many more).
In the civil exhibition there are planes like the Ju52, Twin Otter, F28 etc. In a section of a cabin from a DC-9 from Scandinavian airlines you can watch a film about SAS´ history. In a complete F-28 there´s another film about the development of charter tourism in Norway. Some old uniforms from different Norwegian airlines are also on display. If you´d like a hair raising experience you can try the flight simulator, which is an extra $13. This was, of course, out of order when I was there.
Norway´s first female pilots were Dagny Berger and Gidsken Jacobsen. They got their pilot certificates in 1927 and 1929 respectively. Since this was not possible in Norway at that time, it was done in England. It is said that Gdisken Jacobsen had called her father from England and asked if she could buy a Junker. The line was bad and the father had heard ”jumper” (sweater) and immediately approved of the purchase. Good old dad was more than surprised when his daughter came home with an aircraft.
Both exhibitions are very well laid out and most signage is in Norwegian, English and German. If you bring children, a good place to start the visit is in the ”How do we fly?” section. At noon and 2 pm there are special guided tours for children. Every hour there are guided tours in English and Norwegian (separate groups). At 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm the tour covers the civil exhibition and at noon, 2 pm and 4 pm the military exhibition. Each tour takes 35 minutes. It´s well worth the time.
Don´t forget to visit the old ATC tower. From the tower there is a nice view of Bodø town as well as the airport, which is close by. From the tower it is nice to see the planes come in for landing. You can follow all the stages in the approach as the radio from the ATC tower at the airport is broadcasted in the old ATC tower in the museum.
The museum has a restaurant (a bit pricy) and, of course, a gift shop. I can highly recommend a visit to the Norwegian Aviation Museum, a great museum. I spent 3 hours there, but could easily have stayed longer. Check out their informative website in both Norwegian and English: http://www.luftfart.museum.no/. Due to the lighting photography is a challenge.
Monday-Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
The museum is open until 6 pm during the summer
Adults: NOK 110 ($20)
Children: NOK 55 ($10)
Students: NOK 80 ($15)
Family: NOK 285 – 390 depending on the number of children ($53-72)
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