Next morning we drove a few kilometers to collect her second insect trap. While she trekked the mountain side to pick it, I found a hill and collected berries. Here I met a squirrel that took great interest in what I was up to and sat on a branch only three meter from me for a long time.
Before lunch we were ready and found our way to the Tirpitz museum. The owner of the museum, Even Blomkvist, has spent big parts of his life collecting items, photos and stories about the battleship, and opened the museum in 2005.
In the lobby a huge model of Tirpitz is on display. The scale is 1/32 which makes the model several meters long, and next to it a 1/50 model of its sister ship Bismarck. The Bismarck model is completely scratchbuilt and is very impressive. Throughout the museum is several other models of these two and many other ships.
Hundreds of interesting pics and items is telling the story of the ship and the wartime in the Kaafjord- and Alta area, and the Allied attacks on Tirpitz attempting to destroy it. Here you will see everything from small uniform buttons to super-rare relics like an example of a Johnny Walker Diving Mine that were used to try to sink the German battleship that were stationed in the Northern Norwegian fjords to disturb the convoy traffic in the Barents sea.
A little later on the day there was also a book launch in the museum. The Norwegian artist, John Jamtli, has made a comicbook about the demise of Tirpitz and the Norwegian secret agents that helped the Allied with crucial information to make the operation possible. A really well made comicbook that both young and old can enjoy, and it will hopefully be translated to English at some point.
This is definately a museum I am going to visit again and I highly reccommend it.
Link to the museum website: www.tirpitz-museum.no/