museum is a non political foundation emphasising enlightenment
and education concerning 2.w.war showcases an extensive
collection focusing on the events that took place
in Lofoten and North Norway.
Lofoten World War Memorial Museum first opened 15.th
June 1996. It was a realization of a lifetime achievement
and interest by it's founder William Hakvaag.
idea to make a museum about the events that took place
in Lofoten and North Norway has surfaced on several
occasions. What triggered the Lofoten W.W.M.Museum
was the Lofoten-raid 4th Mars 1941. It is considered
to be the first raid of some extent during 2.w.war
and it was also the first allied victory over the
Although the Germans were driven out of Narvik earlier
in May 1940, they were not defeated and taken to prison.
Back in England the Lofoten raid was considered good
news, and hit the front page in every major news paper.
It was the 2.w.war first real and total victory. Adolf
Hitler was not happy with this and began the construction
of strongholds, bunkers and forts in a grand scale
in Lofoten and North Norway. Svolvær, for instance,
was the most fortified city in Norway. And most of
these constructions still stand.
possesses a large library with an extensive collection
of literature, original pamphlets and posters from
that period. A large number of never before published
photographs, mostly from North-Norway, has been collected.
This dedicated work has resulted in Norway's biggest
display of complete uniforms and smaller artefacts
from world war 2.