War and its consequences
Narvik War Museum
Creating the full museum experience
- Narvik War Museum
- Project Management
- Exhibition Design
- Technical Development
- Digital Installations
In the far north where the wind bites and the waves thunder lies Narvik War Museum. We are very proud to present this unique and innovative museum, which truly rethinks how to tell a war story.
The exhibitions at Narvik War Museum are about world ware II and its’ consequences. 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, movies, sound and technology to enhance the experience of the exhibitions.
The exhibitions are divided into three floors named Attack, War and Zona.
So, how do you build a museum from scratch?
To feel the war
One of the most unique features of the museum is its’ ability to make history accessible as more than numbers and cold facts. At Narvik War Museum you enter a world, where history and art fuse. An example of this is The Drop, a digital installation which functions as a recurrent theme of the museum.
The Drop falls in slow motion, then ripples expand across the water, not only on the projected image but also on surrounding images in the entire room. In this context the drop becomes a very symbolic mediation of a feeling or a vibe, which permeates the room.
Surveillance cameras and their recordings are placed in the rooms as part of the exhibition. The video material is transmitted live on the wall, where you can either monitor the behaviour of other museum guests, or face yourself as a victim of surveillance. In this way the story becomes personal and the feeling of surveillance becomes a very concrete part of the museum experience.
Material as message
Narvik War Museum invites you to experience their local history of the occupation during World War II. Some of the most dramatic battles of the war did unfold in the Ofotfjord and the mountains surrounding the north of Narvik.
The fjord was used to transport huge quantities of iron ore, which both the Nazis and the resistance had an interest in securing for themselves and denying to the enemy. The landscape in model is therefore mostly made out of iron ore to underline the core of the battles in the Ofotfjord. On the dark water a sea battle is narrated by a voice over and projected images of ships.