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’).
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.
- 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.
The museum is closed in May following the government-mandated lock-down. We hope to open again in June 2020.
|Guided tour outside normal opening hours||Contact us|
|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||–|