Norwegian Resistance Museum
Building 21, Oslo, Norway
www.forsvaretsmuseer.no/nor/… - + 47 23 03 31 38 (reception)
Norwegian Resistance Museum Oslo Reviews
No more war! Sep 13, 2012
The Norwegian Resistance Museum is located in a 16th century building on the grounds of Akershus Fortress, a 5 minutes walk from the City Hall. The museum gives a true and vivid picture of the misery and humiliation an occupation of a people is.
The presentation of the German occupation during World War II is done very well. From invasion and resistance, to liberation and peace, the museum gives a thorough view of important events and themes.
On 9th April 1940 Germany attacked Norway. The exhibition takes you through the German attack plan against Norway, the battles in differente parts of Norway, German ultimatum - Norwegian treason, the Norwegian merchant fleet (the 4th largest in the world), The Norwegian King and Government in the UK, the resistance grows, the “illegal” press, resistance organizations are formed, terror, torture, prisons and consentration camps in and outside Norway, sabotage, peace and much more.
0n the 8th of May 1945 5 years of occupation was over. The liberation brought with it major military, civil and constitutional changes in Norway. The King and the Crown Prince was present at the opening of the Parliament in December 1945. The Norwegian society could get started on its reconstruction.
At the moment there is a special exhibition called “Diary - torture and isolation”. This is Petter Moens history, the diary he wrote in German captivity ("7th day in prision. Has been in two interrogations. Were whipped. Betrayed Vic. Am weak. Deserve contempt. Am terribly afraid of pain. But not afraid to die”). In February 1944 Petter Moen was left alone in an isolation cell. He used the few things available to him to search for the meaning in despair and what was happening to him. Letters, words, sentences were formed dot by dot on thin toilet paper with a metal pin from the cell curtain. He folded the sheets in numbered rolls and droped them down into the prison ventilation ducts. These were found after the war. The exhibitoin is presented in cell no D2 from the interrogation prison. With sound and visual effects it didn´t only seem very real, but it was scary too.
Petter Moens Diary exhibition made a special impression on me. My grandfather was part of a resistant group during WWII, was arrested, imprissioned and tortured by the Germans in the same prision as Petter Moen. As a result of this treatment I grew up with a crippled grandfather. He never talked about the war and unfortunately died before I could ask him about it. Seeing this exhibition it has given me an idea of what my grandfather went through.
I can recommend the Norwegian Resistance Museum. Signage is in both Norwegian and English. Unfortunately newspaper articles are not translated. The exhibition is very interesting and very well made. The steel in the displays and the location in the basement make the coldness of war even more impressive.
Opening hours are: Weekdays 10 am – 4 pm, weekends 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: Adults NOK 50,- Children NOK 25,-
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Norwegian World War II History Jun 06, 2011
In the shadows of the castle in Oslo's Akershus Fortress is the Norwegian Resistance Museum. A small, quiet museum, this museum provides detailed historical information about Norway's fate in World War II.
On April 9, 1940, Norway's history was forever changed when Hitler attacked Norway. Germany soon took over Norway, which very few Norwegians supported. Most church leaders resigned, sports teams went on strike, teachers who didn't support the new government were put on a ship with horrible sanitary conditions and sent north of the Arctic Circle, and policemen were forced to sign loyalty oaths.
A huge underground resistance organized, with a large underground press. At one stage, there were 60 underground newspapers. Information from the BBC in London was critical as the Norwegian government operated in exile. Exhibits show hidden radios in birdhouses, varnish cans, sofa legs and even dentures! Some of the radios reminded me of the technology Q might use in a James Bond film. Homemade weapons like grenades and guns are also on display. Norway suffered in World War II as roughly 40,000 Norwegians were imprisoned for resistance activities.
Admission to the museum is 50 NOK and exhibits have excellent bilingual descriptions in both Norwegian and English. Unfortunately, as this is a museum about World War II, some of the exhibits are hard to look at, moving and sad. The steel decorations and underground exhibits reinforce the coldness and cruelty of war.
This museum seems to be overlooked with few visitors, but if you have an interest in World War II history, this museum is a must. I am a history buff and found myself reading almost every exhibit.
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