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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 base 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.Between 1948 and 1957, the wreck was broken up by the Norwegian company Hövding. In 1985, a monument in memory of the Allied aircrews killed in attacks and reconnaissance on the battleship Tirpitz was erected near Fættenfjord in the Trondheim Fjord. The memorial is made of slate and stands on a 12.5 cm thick armor plate from Tirpitz. The armor plate measures 120x130 cm and weighs approx. 1400 kg.
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  • 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...  read more »
  • the location is not terribly impressive, but the documentary film tells the whole story of the end of the Tirpitz in Norwegian waters 
  • We visited the Museum early in the day and when there were few other visitors. It came more when we went. The facility was small, but good enough as we get few visitors. The Museum shows the film with the story to the Tirpitz, which was a plus. Otherwise, the Museum has many effects found after the ship. The biggest drawback was the price to get in. It cost us $ 100.0-per-person, something I think was in most part the team. The Museum is also located a little outside Alta, and is not so easy to get to without a car.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • A very good museum. The visit took about an hour and a half and started with an interesting documentary. The keeper then kept a small guided tour and told about the Norwegian resistance's company. A very good museum. The visit took about an hour and a half and began with an interesting documentary film. The commissioner then held a small guided tour and talked about the Norwegian resistance's mission.
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  • Great collection and exhibition from the dramatic war years in Alta and especially around the German Battleship Tirpitz.
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