The Falstad Centre is a great place to spend time together. Stop by on your family road trip, come search for thought-provoking insight into the connections between local and world history, and join us in reflection and discussion about the relevance of the past for the present and the future.
The Falstad Center is located in buildings that were part of the Falstad SS camp during WWII. The center contains a rich museum collection, which is actively used in dissemination of prison history and human rights related topics. We offer several exhibitions per year. We also have a museum shop with books and other merchandise.
Our digital experience takes you back in time and shows you the camp landscape as it looked at the Liberation in May 1945. Using specially developed XR technology and our iPad, you can wander around in a virtual reconstruction of SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad. At different places in the digital landscape you will find witness testimonies and stories from 1941-1945. Texts are in Norwegian, English, Russian and German.
Tablets with the digital reconstruction can be borrowed from the reception desk.
At Falstad you will find a number of art works, which offer various inputs for reflection and conversation about the history of the place. In the Falstad Forest you can see Odd Hilts monument from 1947 and three other memorials to executed prisoners. In the atrium of the centre’s main building you will find the sculpture “Re-remembering” made by Tore Reisch. And both in the main building and the nearby commander’s house, several artists comment on the history of the place and the activities of the center. During the summer season we also show temporary art exhibitions.
North-east of the main building is the former commander’s residence, built by prisoners for the German camp management in 1943. The building is now being renovated, and will open to visitors in autumn 2020. In a new exhibition in the basement we invite you to explore the history of the house and the theme of power. You are also welcome to spend time in the living rooms on the ground floor, and in the lush garden outside.
Coffee, tea, refreshments and a simple snack are always available in our kiosk. During group visits and conferences we serve both lunch and dinner on request. It is also possible to book accommodation at the Falstad center.
In the Falstad centre’s own library you will find a rich selection of specialist literature, fiction, films and magazines that reflect our disciplines. Here you can sit down and read, or borrow a book to go.
The library is open to the public during museum hours.
The Falstad Centre is located in the pleasant village of Ekne in Levanger. The place is surrounded by a beautiful cultural landscape and excellent hiking terrain. There are several great local hiking trails, a bird tower and a climbing field with close to 100 routes. The area also offers opportunities for sea and inland fishing, as well as a nice marina with rental opportunities.