The Norwegian Holocaust Center

The Norwegian Holocaust Center, Oslo

The Norwegian Holocaust Center

The Norwegian Holocaust Center
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Speciality Museums • Historic Sites • Scenic Walking Areas • History Museums
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Center for Studies of the Holocaust and Religious Minorities presents a modern exhibition on the Holocaust, focusing especially on the fate of the Norwegian Jews during the Second World War. The exhibition presents images, sounds, film, items and text documents about the genocide of the European Jews, as well as the Nazi State's mass murder and persecution of other groups and minorities. The Center is located in a villa with a garden and has a cafe. Opening hours 10am - 4pm every day.
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Kim J
Wiltshire, UK39 contributions
Lack of staff
Aug. 2020 • Friends
If the reception was staffed we may have been able to visit and give a proper review. We waited about 15 minutes but nobody came to reception. Two people did walk through from the offices but did not approach us. Very disappointed. Even in the current situation we expected someone to allow through as the signage outside indicated it was open.
Written 18 August 2020
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LukasandDante
9 contributions
Not for tourists
Dec. 2019
It's actually only 2 stars for anyone who doesn't speak Norwegian. I feel stupid for impulsively going here instead of another museum in our last couple of hours in Oslo. I forgot the reviews saying that the exhibits have extremely limited translations to English. It's an excellent and important place for Norwegians, but I wish I had gone to the Oslo Jodisk Museum instead. Without translations, it was a waste of time.
Written 12 December 2019
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Norvaltravel
London, UK56 contributions
Interesting...
Nov. 2019
First of all the closing times on the visit Oslo website were incorrect. They close at 16:00 in the winter month. No audio to follow and very limited signage in English. We definitely wanted to understand and know more but couldn’t understand anything. Our visit was however saved by the wonderfully friendly Director who was giving a private tour to colleagues from Germany. She invited us along on the tour and took us down to the bunker. She gave us a guided tour in English which was absolutely heartfelt. We were a bit rushed as the centre was closing. Without the private bunker tour it wouldn’t have been value for money.

The work they do there is important but they can do more to accommodate the international audience as all the signage is in Norwegian. We were provided with tablets but it wasn’t easy to follow and feel the real message wasn’t being conveyed as well as it could of.
Written 30 November 2019
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travelbuddies99
Melbourne38 contributions
Oslo's torrid past
Oct. 2019
A look into Norway's past during World war II and the fascinating history of the building the museum is housed in. If you have an interest in World war II history then this is a visit you should not miss. It is an eye opening account from Norway's perspective, a history I had no knowledge about previously.
Before viewing the museum we enjoyed an enjoyable morning tea in the cafe. The service, food and pricing was excellent.
Written 13 October 2019
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JoanneElizabeth1970
Birmingham, UK147 contributions
Looked great but difficult to tell
Sep. 2019
As a student of modern history with a special focus on the Holocaust I always make a bee-line for any museum or memorial site dedicated to this period in history. I was delighted to hear that there was a Holocaust Centre in Oslo and made it my first port of call when I planned a day on the Bygdoy peninsula. The entrance to the Centre is very impressive, a lovely walk up a tree-lined drive way to a beautiful mansion house, all very pretty and tranquil. There is an interesting exhibit at the entrance which highlights the standard type survey questions we get asked every day eg do you have children, where do you live etc and how they can then be used/abused to categorise people for potential persecution, really makes you think! Upon entering you are presented with a small tablet device and shown how to use it to access English (or any other language) information on the exhibits. However, this is where the disappointment sets in; when looking through the galleries it's very well presented and the pictures and, no doubt, the stories are all very evocative. But as other reviews have commented on, the English language information is very scanty and really quite generic. There is nothing on the personal stories and artefacts that are exhibited. It was extremely frustrating. General information on the history of Nazism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust is very easy to find; what I wanted was to understand the personal stories of the Norwegian Jews which seemed tantalisingly close with all the photos and story boards but it was all in Norwegian. Such a waste of an opportunity to really show visitors that Norwegian Jews had stories to tell too.
Written 4 October 2019
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Wayne D
Houston, TX159 contributions
Norway during WWII.
Sep. 2019
This is well worth the visit to learn about the experiences of Norway during WWII and how the Nazi Regime forced the country to have Quisling, the head of the local Nazi Party, to run the country. He, in turned, forced all the Jewish families to be forced onto boats and sent to Auschwitz. More currently, the Norwegian government offered reparations and built this center.
Written 24 September 2019
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irawine
Benicia, CA505 contributions
Wanted More
Jul. 2019
My wife and I recently visited the Holocaust Center in Oslo (on the Bygdoy Peninsula) and came away with mixed feelings. The center is located in a lovely mansion and some of the information and materials were very interesting. However, the majority of the information presented is in Norwegian. We were provided with a handout to assist with our understanding of the materials presented, but it didn't really do justice to what we were looking at. Nevertheless, the subject matter itself makes this a compeling place to visit.
Written 18 September 2019
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wandagold
London, UK255 contributions
Great idea not well delivered
Aug. 2019 • Couples
This is a centre for the study of the holocaust and they decided to open it to the public. Clearly no-one who has been involved in designing modern museums was involved in its creation. So it’s basically a series of photos and texts on boards all in Norwegian with no translations except on small handheld devices which just say a paragraph or two about each section. The entrance is dominated however by an art work called innocent questions which is very powerful and worth a visit in itself
Written 25 August 2019
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,981 contributions
We should never forget
Jul. 2019
Norway was invaded early during World War II by the Germans. As in other parts of occupied Europe, the Nazis committed atrocities in Norway. This small. but well-designed museum highlights the history of Nazi occupation, the genocide undertaken by the Nazis and the dire consequences for Jews and Non-Jewish patriots alike. Ironically, the museum is located in the house where the Nazi-collaborating political leader lived during the occupation. The well-manicured gardens are inviting and offer lovely views of Oslo Fjord. There is a coffee shop for a break, and perhaps emotional recovery. The Museum is open 24/7, although the hours vary by the season.
Written 24 August 2019
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janerogers50
Warwick, UK160 contributions
Sobering but interesting
Aug. 2019 • Couples
So much information on the terrible impact of the Holocaust.
Some of the displays were only in Norwegian but we were provided with tablets for interesting, concise and easy to read summaries in English. To have so much general Holocaust information and the impact on Norwegian Jews was a sobering education.
Also lots of details of the history of Villa Grande - the mansion where the museum is housed.
We caught the 30 bus which stops very close.
Well worth a visit.
Written 20 August 2019
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