Flight history at the Norwegian Aviation Museum
When you are in Bodø, the Norwegian Aviation Museum (Norsk Luftfartsmuseum) is well worth a visit. Since the museum opened its doors in 1994, its cooperation with the Norwegian Air Force Museum and Avinor Museum has made it possible to present some impressive exhibitions. The museum highlights the importance of the nation’s military and civil aviation history. An impressive architectural feat, the building, designed by Norwegian architect Per Morton Wik, represents a propeller. The large exhibition space of 10,000 square meters makes this the largest museum of its kind in the Nordic region. In addition to the displays, you can also enjoy their library, aircraft restoration workshop and an archive of photographs and historical artifacts.
Impressive aircraft selection
Among the many aircraft on display in the hanger, you can admire the Mosquito, Junkers Ju-88, Lockheed U-2, Supermarine Spirtfire and many others. Here you can see these incredible old and new planes close up, as well as helicopters. As you browse, find out why each one has helped shape both the Norwegian defense and transport industry. If you are lucky, you might catch one of the many events held at the museum, including aviation seminars, lectures and activities for children.
Fun for all the family
Although the exhibitions offer a fantastic lesson in history, it is always exciting to see each aircraft up close. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the aircrafts. Make sure you try out the flight simulator so you can see for yourself what life is like inside the cockpit. For a more detailed visit, join the 90 minute guided tour in the summer months. There is even a dedicated tour for the kids.
A memorable day out
After hours of aircraft adventures and compelling history, reflect on what you have seen in the museum café over delicious Norwegian waffles. Café Gidsken is named after Norway’s second female pilot, Gidsken Jakobsen. If you want to take home a memory of your visit, stop by the gift shop, which is filled with aviation souvenirs. The Norwegian Aviation Museum is a wonderful way to learn about this nation’s aviation story and is located just a five minute drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Bodø.