Norwegian Aviation Museum

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Norwegian Aviation Museum
Norsk Luftfartsmuseum
Norsk Luftfartsmuseum.jpg
EstablishedMay 15, 1994 (1994-05-15)
LocationBodø, Norway
Coordinates67°16′35″N 14°24′46″E / 67.2764°N 14.41281°E / 67.2764; 14.41281
TypeAviation museum
DirectorHanne Kristin Jakhelln.[1]
ArchitectPer Morten Wik at Boarch
Nearest parkingOn site

The Norwegian Aviation Museum (Norwegian: Norsk luftfartsmuseum) was opened by King Harald V on May 15, 1994. It is the Norwegian national museum of aviation and also the largest aviation museum in the Nordic countries, covering around 10,000 square metres (110,000 sq ft). Situated in Bodø, Nordland the building is shaped like a huge propeller and contains both a civil and a military collection of aircraft.[2]

Exhibits and collections[edit]

Former Bodø control tower

The exhibits of the Norwegian Aviation museum tells the story of aviation with a focus on the Norwegian history - from the early beginning all the way to present time. The collection is divided into a military section and a civil section.[3]

Military Aircraft on display[edit]

Inside the military part of the Norwegian Aviation Museum

Civil Aircraft on display[edit]

Localization debate controversy[edit]

For decades the decision on where to locate the Norwegian national Aviation Museum sparked heated discussions. For a long time the aviation community working close to the Norwegian Armed Forces Aircraft Collection at Gardermoen and the aviation community in Bodø debated intensely against each other in order to persuade politicians to locate the museum at their home turf. On March 31, 1992 the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, decided to build the museum in Bodø.


The Norwegian aviation museum is situated in Bodø, Northern Norway. The museum is straddled across the street of 'Olav V gate'. When travelling by car from the nearby Bodø Airport in the direction of Fauske you will pass under the museum. The museum is located roughly 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) from the town center. Nearby points of interest are Bodø Spektrum (A sports complex with water park) and the shopping center of City Nord.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New director". Retrieved 2016-06-13.
  2. ^ "About the aviation museum". Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  3. ^ "Aircraft on display". Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  4. ^ "Opening of new civil exhibition". Retrieved 2016-05-28.