ARKIVET is a centre where the past meets today in the hope of developing a better future. During the Second World War the building was the headquarters of Gestapo in southern Norway. February 1, 2018 opened a new building that ties together the authentic building and office building for the Red Cross, the UN Association and Amnesty. The new centre accommodates our common wish to contribute to a society with greater human dignity, based on freedom and democracy.
The history from ARKIVET – Peace and Human Rights Centre is conveyed through our permanent exhibition, temporary and virtual exhibitions. The exhibitions are open dayly (ex Monday and Saturday) from 10:00-15:00.
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.
ARKIVET- Peace and Human Rights Centre received funds in 2016 to establish a Centre for the History of Seafarers at War and to establish/run the new War Sailor Register. The Centre will also research, document and convey this important piece of our history
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.