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An educational, well done museum paired with the Sami museum.

We walked about a mile from our hotel to these museums and really enjoyed the costumes, art and... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Janet M
Denver, Colorado
Very nice and informative stop.

If you have the time, go there. Nice drive to Kirkenes from Baatsfjord. A lot of reindeers so watch... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Lisbon, Portugal
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Our exhibitions reflects life and culture in the borderland between Norway, Russia and Finland, with a special emphasis on World War II.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
Foerstevannslia, Kirkenes 9900, Norway
+47 78 99 48 80
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All reviews couple of hours town centre world war several languages waffles mining history german occupation border area entrance fee another couple gift shop beautiful sunny day closes at pm on display hurtigruten terminal hot chocolate two hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked down from our hotel and it's a nice museum depicting the world war 2. Very informative and for history lovers it depicts the Norwegian culture, the Sami tribe, and its contributions during the war along with Soviet soldiers in fighting the Germans.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting museum explaining the history of the WWII in Kirkenes and in Finnmark region. Several display to be read in several languages, many pictures and original objects from the war, including an original plane - sunk in the water - used by Russian to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really interesting part of Norway with a very interesting history. This museum covers it all! The museum is a good 20/25 minute walk from town, but an easy and interesting walk.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank annetteh437
Reviewed 24 October 2018

We walked about a mile from our hotel to these museums and really enjoyed the costumes, art and crafts of the Sami museum and all that we learned about the history of the borderlands (Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia), - cultural, economic (mining), and around events...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Janet M
Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

My wife and I and another couple visited this museum late in the afternoon of the day we spent in Kirkenes before boarding the Hurtigruten the following day for its return trip to Bergen. We had flown in from Oslo in the morning and, after...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 14 October 2018

This is undoubtedly the best attraction in Kirkenes (there aren't many anyway!). The exhibition of mining history is particularly good, as is the exhibition about the war - the poignant poems on display are particularly thought-provoking. There's a café serving tea/coffee and cakes/biscuits and a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

How ignorant I felt after a few minutes inside this museum. The Arctic Convoys and their hellish journeys have been in my mind for decades but I was completely unaware of the scale of the German/Soviet fighting, in this area, in the Second World War....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank plymouth
Reviewed 16 August 2018

If you have the time, go there. Nice drive to Kirkenes from Baatsfjord. A lot of reindeers so watch out for them.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank PetrG1970
Reviewed 5 July 2018

Well worth the hike up the hill from the port (35 mins) as the view is great, the place is warm and dry, has coffee and free wi-fi! The Russian plane is the highlight but the war history is well laid out, and once you've...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

This was a very interesting little museum that reviews the experience of WW 2 in Kirkenes. A bus from the Hurtigruten dock took us there and back for 50 crowns.

Date of experience: July 2018
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27 March 2018|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know if the museum is open over Easter - best to check with the museum. This February we walked into Kirkenes from the Hurtigruten terminal and were offered a lift to the museum after asking the way. We caught the... More
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Response from Detlev B | Reviewed this property |
We were there in summer so we walked from the THON Hotel which was about 45 minutes.