The exhibitions are about war and the consequences of it. The starting point is the German attack on Narvik and Norway in April 1940 and the following five years of war and occupation. The exhibitions also have a section that deals with universal questions related to war, conflict and human rights. A number of genuine historic items from WWII are exhibited. The museum uses design, photos, film, sound and technology to enhance the experience of the exhibitions.
The Narvik Centre, which incorporates the Red Cross War Museum, is a non-profit foundation working to further knowledge and understanding about peace and human rights through the documentation, research and outreach of the history of war in general and in particular of North Norway.
The museum was initially founded by the Norwegian Red Cross to teach children about the terrors of war and to commemorate the sufferings and losses of the civilian population and those who took part in the fighting. The museum was established in Narvik due to the fight for Narvik in 1940. The foundation’s commitment to establish an understanding of the importance of international law and human rights therefore remains strong. In 2014 we celebrated its 50th anniversary.