One of the biggest gun positions in the Atlantic Wall during World War II was meant to be placed at Blåvand. It was never finished, though, as the war came to an end before the construction was complete. Through two decades this ruined bunker was a popular museum but from the summer 2017 it is replaced by a brand new museum containing four large sections with separate exhibitions. The roof on the new museum is planted with lyme grass and the whole building is camouflaged as part of the landscape with the bearing parts of the construction hidden under the sand.
The new museum will contain a variety of different experiences and exhibitions: Come along on a dramatic time travel from the Ice Age to today. Dive into the unknown stories about the smugglers at Ho Bugt and the disaster in Blåvand. See the fantastic jewellery and other findings in amber, including 40 million year old insects trapped in capsules of amber. Meet the people who constructed Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and get an impression of the soldiers and civilians who lived in the western part of Jutland during the Second World War. Arm yourself with a flashlight and an audio guide and discover the great stories hidden inside the concrete fortress.
The first special exhibition in the new museum will be dedicated to the enormous task of clearing the millions of mines that was left along the Danish west coast during World War II. For this occasion, the museum has purchased parts of the set from the movie “Land of Mine” (2015) that was among the final contestants in the race to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. The movie was shot in the area around Blåvand and was supported financially by Varde Municipality.
- The new Museum of Tirpitz is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).
- The museum will be naturally integrated into the beautiful landscape between Blåvand and Ho Bugt.
- The museum will contain four large exhibitions. Three of them permanent.
- The museum opens in the summer of 2017 and is expected to attract around 100.000 visitors a year.
Tirpitz vej 1, 6857 Blåvand