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Welcome to Bornholm's Defence Museum

Step into an exciting world of Bornholm’s military and conflict history at Bornholm’s Defence Museum. Explore our impressive collection of military vehicles, splendid uniforms, and formidable sabres, providing you with a unique insight into Bornholm’s past and the military units that have influenced the island.

At our museum, you can not only experience the history of the Danish defence throughout the years but also learn about Bornholm’s role in the Swedish wars, the occupation period, encounters with the Russians, and the intriguing period during the Cold War.

Opening hours

Wednesday-Saturday: 10AM-4PM

Sunday-Tuesday: Closed

National holidays: Closed

The museum is open at the above hours betweeen 1st June to 28th September 2024.

The museum is open every day during the autumn holiday in week 42 (October 16th to 23rd).

Ticket prices

Adults: 85 DKK

Children (6-16 year): 40 DKK

Children (0-5 years): Free

Pensioners: 65 DKK

Veterans (military): 50 DKK

Adress

Bornholms Forsvarsmuseum

Arsenalvej 8

3700 Rønne

Phone no. +45 5133 0033

E-mail: kontakt@formus.dk

Splendid uniforms from the 18th century to today

As one of the few places in Denmark, you can see Danish uniforms from the 18th century to the present day. Everything from the splendid colorful uniforms of the Napoleonic era to modern camouflage patterns.

Edged weapons from the Danish military

View a splendid collection of edged weapons from nearly all branches of the Danish defence – including cavalry sabres, cutlasses, and other formidable edged weapons used by Danish soldiers and sailors throughout history.

See a genuine Enigma machine from the war

Countless books, documentaries, and films have all been inspired by the story of the Enigma machine and those who cracked its code. Get a close look at this unique piece of technology on our first floor.

Step inside our historical buildings

Bornholm Defence Museum is located within historical buildings, each with its own fascinating stories.

Step inside the fortress ‘Kastellet’, which has housed both Danish and German soldiers. The building has even served as a quarantine site for those afflicted with the plague – fortunately, many centuries ago.

Your visit helps fund the development of new exhibitions and our effort to preserve the many unique artefacts in our collection.

Bornholm - An Island in a Sea of Conflicts

Throughout history, Bornholm has been a vital pawn in the power play between kingdoms, great powers, empires, and superpowers. The island has been invaded several times and experienced occupations by Swedes, Germans, and Russians.

At Bornholm’s Defence Museum, you can learn more about the military history of the island and experience a unique collection of military objects, buildings and vehicles.

See our collection of Danish military vehicles

Visitors can view a collection of military vehicles in the museum’s courtyard. Each vehicle’s history relates to service with a Danish military unit on Bornholm. However, the collection also features well-known American vehicles like the M24 tank and a converted scout Humvee.

Hear stories about Bornholm's military past

From the brutal battlefield at Dybbøl in 1864 to the Cold War and operations in Afghanistan. Bornholm’s soldiers and sailors have been in every Danish war since the Danish Kingom was formed.
At Bornholm’s Museum of Defence, visitors can learn more about the fascinating stories from the past. Among others, learn about two locals discovering Hitler’s secret super weapons or heard about the defection of Warsaw-Pact pilots.

Book a guided tours for groups

Book a guided tour for 600 DKK for up to 10 persons + regular entry fee per person. Contact us on booking@formus.dk
Our tour guides are experts in the island’s military history and offers a unique insight into the exhibitions and artefacts. We required booking for our guided tours at least one day in advance.

Within easy walking distance of the Cruise pier

Bornholm’s Defence Museum is just 15 min. (1km) on foot from Rønne Harbour and the cruise pier. The route to the museum leads through a forest path along the town’s beautiful cemetery.