Tirpitz Museum, Alta

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Tirpitz Museum is a war museum that is located in Kåfjord outside the city of Alta in Finnmark county, Norway.HistoryThe museum has one of the largest collections of photos and artifacts from the battleship, a built for the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. The battleship Tirpitz had served as one of the main threats against supply convoys sailing to Murmansk. During the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany, a German naval base was established in Altafjord to prevent convoys from the Western Allies from delivering supplies to the Soviet Union. These supplies were deemed critical to the outcome of the war on the Eastern Front.The Alta area was one of Germany's largest naval bases during the war. Tirpitz, which was one of the world's largest and most powerful battleships, was anchored for nearly two years in Kåfjord. Altafjord was also a base for many other German warships among them the battleship and the heavy cruiser as well as dozens of German destroyers and supply ships. On 12 November 1944, Tirpitz was hit by bombs and the ship capsized in the bay outside of Tromsø.The timber building that the Tirpitz Museum is located in dates from approx. 1880. It was originally built in Lillehammer. It was taken down and sent to Alta in 1946 as part of the effort to help rebuild the war ravaged region. Initially the building served as the first nursing home in Finnmark. It remained in use until the new nursing home in Kåfjord was built in 1961.
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  • August 8, 2017
    No problem to find for me. Small museum. Good video with authentic people who actually what with when it happened. Good! Start with it. You may find that it is a few years old
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  • August 7, 2017
    Well worth to stop here. A small museum, but that has a lot to offer for those who are interests in military history. Amazing to see everything that was preserved and not least the movie.
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  • July 24, 2017
    Really enjoyed this place , fantastic artefacts and the video and commentary from people who were involved was very enlightening. Very nice proprietor . Well worth seeing  more »
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  • June 22, 2017
    Love it!!!Small but very interesting collection
  • July 5, 2016
    This museum is a must if you are interested in history. An impressing small private and genuin museum with a special atmosphere. Really can recommend to visit the museum, both for locals and visitors.
  • March 16, 2016
    Very interesting museum. Great guide, seemed like he knew everything. It was fascinating to learn about the great ship and its story. Very interesting place, i've heard it's gotten even bigger now, hope i'll go there again sometime, it's at such a wonderful place in Norway, the most beatiful place there is, such a great community too, everyone there seems so nice. I guess i can cross that of my bucket list
  • June 17, 2017
    A great and comprehensive collection of Tripitz:istä and other events in Norway during the second world war.
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  • June 14, 2017
    It is exhibited much, not only by the Tirpitz. There is also a movie of the launch until the destruction of Tirpitz. Things are shown by the Norwegian resistance, salvage items from the Tirpitz and the Russian offensive. A nice little Museum.
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