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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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  • We tried to visit the museum, and we managed to find it, even if the road were changed and the signes not correct. The museum were closed, even if the page said it would be open, so we did not manage ...  more »
  • This little private museum has a good collection of items, models and an informative video film. The location is close to where Tirpitz was moored and a Tallboy bomb crater is very obvious  more »
  • This huge battleship spent most of WWII in Norwegian waters and Allied resources were diverted here to avoid its wrath. After numerous attempts it was finally sent to the bottom of the sea and a great...  more »
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  • Love it!!!Small but very interesting collection
  • 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.
  • 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
  • A great and comprehensive collection of Tripitz:istä and other events in Norway during the second world war.
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  • 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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