Brennpunkt Arkivet husets historie


The history from ARKIVET Peace and Human Rights Centre, the former State Archive in Kristiansand, is conveyed through our permanent exhibition, temporary and virtual exhibitions.

ARKIVET has created a living piece of Norwegian war history in what was the Gestapo headquarters in Kristiansand during the Second World War. The horrors of German occupation and the treatment of members of the Norwegian resistance are represented in text, images and animations.

This is the home to the darkest, most gruesome war history in the region. Norwegians were tortured, mutilated and beaten to death while undergoing what the Gestapo described as ‘heavy questioning’. The exhibitions attempts to create a greater understanding of how individual choices and actions can affect the development of the entire society.

The stories of resistance and imprisonment are a source of hope, reflection and education for the people of today.

Picture from "Focal Point ARKIVET"


  • Focal Point ARKIVET: opened April 9, 2016. This exhibition is permanent and conveys what happened at ARKIVET and in Agder during the war years. The exhibition's essential goal is to provide an understanding of the significance that individual actions can have for the development of society.
  • War sailors in a global war: opened June 18, 2019. This exhibition shows the vital role of the war sailors in a worldwide war. It also shows their attempts at contact with their families at home and the time in captivity. The history of the war sailors is in this exhibition linked to the account of the house.
  • Laudal/Kerner: opened February 1, 2018. Major Arne Laudal was working for the resistance movement in Kristiansand while Rudolf Kerner was the Gestapo leader, but who were they as humans, without the uniforms and medals. Who were they as comrades, as husbands and fathers? In this exhibition, they tell their stories with their own words.
  • Night and fog prisoners is an outdoor exhibition with illustrations by Rudolf Næss (1914-2003). The images show the time in German captivity during World War II and convey the critical story of the realities of prison life.
  • Books Discovered Once Again is a virtual exhibition about confiscated literature during World War II. The collection is the result of a collaboration with the National Library of the Czech Republic.