WELCOME TO THE MUSEUM OF DEFENCE ON BORNHOLM

Visit a collection of military artefacts on the Danish island of Bornholm.

The museum displays a unique collection of historical artefacts from the island’s military history ranging from the 17th century to the present day.

A large part of the museum is focused on the history of the local Danish military units, but the museum’s exhibition on the Second World War includes leftovers from the German and Soviet occupations – incl. weapons, uniforms and a German Enigma encryption device (known from such films as ‘The Imitation Game’ and ‘U-571’).

A HISTORICAL TREASURE CHEST

The museum’s collection offers many unique and interesting objects that make it a must-see attraction for anyone with an interest in military history. Below are three featured historical objects that are part of the permanent displays at the museum.

GERMANY’S WARTIME SECRET – THE ENIGMA

See the museum’s German Enigma encryption machine from the Second World War. There are only 284 machines left that were used during the war. The museum’s Enigma was discarded in a ditch at the end of the war, when the German troops on the island surrendered to Soviet forces.

A DANISH WAR HERO’S SABRE FROM 1864

Sabre from the Danish war hero Lieutenant Anker who served in the 1864 Second Schleswig War against Prussia and Austria. Anker was born on Bornholm and served the first part of his military career in the island’s militia.

A DRAGOON SHAKO FROM 1830

The museum displays Danish uniforms from the 1600s all the way up to today – incl. this hat used by the Danish military from around 1810-1864. The design originated from Russia and was quite popular during the period.

MORE LIVES LOST THAN ON THE TITANIC

  • Background: Recreation from the film 'Die Gustloff' (2008)

ORIGINAL HATBAND FROM THE GERMAN TROOP SHIP “WILHELM GUSTLOFF”

In the museum’s collection from the Second World War, visitors can see a hatband from the German hospital ship Wilhelm Gustloff. The ship was sunk on 30th January 1945 by a Soviet submarine east of Bornholm. It is estimated that around 5,000-9,000 people lost their lives in this incident.

The hatband is a rare leftover from this event and a stark reminder of the casualties of war.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Here you can find our opening hours, ticket prices and location near the centre of Rønne.

OPENING HOURS

The museum is closed for the 2019 season. See you in 2020.

Monday-Friday 10 am -16 pm
Saturday-Sunday Closed
Public holidays Closed
Guided tour outside normal opening hours Contact us
Saturday openings 8th June, 13th July, 20th July, 17th August, 19th October

The museum opened on the 14th April and closes for the season on the 19th October 2019.

TICKET PRICES

ADULTS 65 KR.
PENSIONERS 50 KR.
CHILDREN AGED 6 -16 35 KR.
CHILDREN UNDER 6 FREE
GUIDED TOUR (booked two days in advance) 400 KR
GROUPS, contact the Museum Director Klaus Linnert on phone no. +45 51 33 00 33