Tirpitz Museum (Denmark)

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Tirpitz Museum
Tirpitz Museet
LocationTirpitzvej 1
6857 Blåvand, Denmark
Coordinates55°33′01″N 8°10′20″E / 55.5504°N 8.1722°E / 55.5504; 8.1722Coordinates: 55°33′01″N 8°10′20″E / 55.5504°N 8.1722°E / 55.5504; 8.1722
Visitors100,000 exp.[1]
DirectorClaus Kjeld Jensen
WebsiteOfficial Website

Tirpitz Museum (Danish: Tirpitz Museet), also called Blåvand Bunker Museum,[2] is a museum in Blåvand, on the coast of Jutland. It is built in an old bunker from which it got its name, and features exhibitions on the Atlantic Wall, the west coast of Denmark, and an amber collection.


Model of one of turrets.

The Tirpitz Bunker started construction in 1944, and was built as part of the defense around the city of Esbjerg. Following the surrender of the German forces, construction was halted, and the bunker was therefore never completed.[3] The bunker was designed to house 2 turrets with 2 38 cm SK C/34 naval guns each.[1] After the war, the bunker was abandoned and later turned into a small museum.[4]

In 2012, it was decided to expand and completely redesign the museum, with Bjarke Ingels Group being chosen as designer for the new museum.[2][5] The new museum features open spaces and is build into the dunes.[1][6]

On 29 June 2017, an opening ceremony was held, with the Crown Prince and Minister of Culture attending.[7]


Gold of the Sea exhibition

The Museum features 4 exhibition areas, 3 of which are permanent exhibitions.[1] Furthermore, it is possible to enter the old bunker and gun turret with a glass reconstruction of the artillery guns.[2]

An Army of Concrete

Tells about Atlantic Wall and personal stories from the surrounding areas.[8]

West Coast Stories

Tells the story of the 20,000 year old history of the Danish West Coast.[9]

Gold of the Sea

Features the largest collection of amber in Denmark.[3]

Non permanent exhibition

The first non permanent exhibition, is centered around mine clearance, and features props and sets from the movie Land of Mine.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Municipality of Varde. "Tirpitz". Varde Kommune (in Danish). Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Archiscene (10 May 2012). "Blåvand BunkerMuseum by Bjarke Ingels Group". archiscene. D’SCENE Publishing LTD. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Herbert, Kari (24 June 2017). "On Denmark's Jutland coast an elegant new museum counters a Nazi monolith". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Tirpitz Bunker". spangsberg.net (in Danish). Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  5. ^ byggeplads.dk (19 November 2013). "New Museum in Blåvand". byggeplads.dk (in Danish). Hugin Media ApS. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  6. ^ BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group. TIRPITZ. Blåvand / 2017. Images, Drawingsq, Info. archilovers.com. Published 7/20/2017
  7. ^ Kallenbach, Christian (29 June 2017). "Gallery: Crown Prince and Minister Opens Bunker Museum". TVSyd (in Danish). TV SYD. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. ^ "Exhibition: An Army of Concrete". vardemuseerne (in Danish). vardemuseerne. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Exhibition: West Coast Stories". vardemuseerne (in Danish). vardemuseerne. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  10. ^ Gislev Rejser. "The Newly Opened Tirpitz Museum". gislev-rejser.dk (in Danish). Retrieved 29 June 2017.