Norwegian National Aviation Museum

Norwegian National Aviation Museum
Olav V gate
8000 Bodø

Tel. +47 75 50 78 50

Opening Hours:
June to August
10 am - 7 pm open daily

September to May
Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday to Sunday 11 am - 5 pm


The Norwegian National Aviation Museum is Norway's main museum for the history of aviation. Our purpose is to collect, research, educate and make available the military and civilian history of aviation to the general public. We also document the impact it has made on Norway and the Norwegians.

The Norwegian National Aviation Museum is organized as a foundation, with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture.

Cold War Interests: 

The Cold War made a large impact on Norwegian society in general and aviation in particular. The Norwegian Aviation Museum houses material and immaterial collections. We research the impact of the Cold War on Norwegian society, offer educational programs on the impact of the Cold War to schools, and create exhibitions and other outreach activities on Cold War related topics.

The museum has an academic part as well: We have published works on aviation history, alongside articles, lectures, TV and radio programs. We have a solid library and archive. The archive is a depot for several private collections including Norwegian Airlines, the public aviation authorities, numerous air sport clubs, and some Air Force material. Our photo archive is particularly strong, with thousands of interception and surveillance photos of Soviet/Russian aircraft from the Air Force. We are also building up our film archive with both military and civilian aviation films.

Our largest Cold War project is an effort to preserve Area 96 on Bodø Main Air Station as a cultural heritage monument and make it available to the public. This huge subterranean, nuclear safe, rock hangar is one of the main military installations constructed in Norway during the Cold War.

We are a member of the Baltic Initiative and Network – an interconnection of Northern European Cold War museums, research institutions, and cultural heritage institutions.