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Visiting - Stiftelsen Arkivet:

Visiting - Stiftelsen Arkivet:

Welcome to Stiftelsen Arkivet. Before a new building is ready in January 2018, the accessibility and parking are slightly reduced. But we still have a rich program of guided tours, lectures, and courses. For group tours, we recommend contacting us in advance. The same applies when renting a lecture hall or meeting room.

Our exhibitions:

Our exhibitions:

The history from Stiftelsen Arkivet is conveyed through our permanent exhibition, temporary and virtual exhibitions. The exhibits are open to the public on weekdays from kl. 10:00 - 15:00 (Saturdays are closed). There is a daily tour of the permanent exhibition at. 13.15.

Crimescene and memorial:

Crimescene and memorial:

Stiftelsen Arkivet is located in the former state archives in Kristiansand. During the Second World War the building was the headquarters of Gestapo in southern Norway. In Nazi service, the building became a symbol of torture and contempt for human dignity. Today the house is filled with activies to contribute to a society with greater human dignity, based on freedom and democracy.

PLATTFORM - Norwegian Institute for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

PLATTFORM - Norwegian Institute for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

PLATTFORM – Norwegian Institute for the Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism is a unique interdisciplinary environment, consisting of an intermunicipal advising post, representing 30 municipalities in Agder, an analyst/researcher and Agder Police District. There are several individuals and institutions connected to Plattform, with a common focus on preventive work. The research strengthens the preventive work through process research, knowledge of phenomenons, analysis and consultation.

Norwegian Centre for War Sailor History

Norwegian Centre for War Sailor History

Stiftelsen Arkivet received funds in 2016 to establish the Norwegian Centre for War Sailor History and to establish/run the new War Sailor Register. The Centre will also research, document and convey this important piece of our history

The Gestapo Exhibition

The Gestapo Exhibition

The Gestapo prison cells and torture chambers in the basement are reconstructed to the way they existed during the Second World War. The events which took place in the basement are illustrated with the help of full-sized exhibits and mannequins, texts, photographs, films, interviews and artefacts.

Arkivet: The past and the present

Arkivet: The past and the present

The violence at Arkivet in Kristiansand constitutes some of Southern Norway's darkest chapters in terms of occupation history. Gestapo took over the State Archive in January 1942 and turned it into a regional headquarters. More than 300 people were brutally tortured regularly in the building's basement. Today more than 6000 people visit Arkivet each year to learn about the dark past. Most of these are school children and students.

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