Norway was occupied by Nazi Germany from 1940 to 1945, and the Resistance Museum was opened in May 1970 on the 25th anniversary of the liberation. It's found in a red-brick outbuilding on the grounds of Akerhuis Castle, adjacent to the memorial to Norwegian patriots executed by the Nazis during the war.

The displays dutifully relate the poignant story of how Norwegian resistance to Nazi occupation grew from resignation to anger and then underground rebellion, but there is little spark to the museum. Exhibits are mainly newspaper clips, posters, black-and-white photos, and models with a few film clips and eye-witness accounts. While informative, the whole place is beginning to look a little battle-weary itself. This museum will probably not appeal to kids who are accustomed to lots of interactive action with their information.