The Defence Museum
The main role of the Defence Museum in Boden is to preserve the historical heritage of the defence of northern Norrland. The museum looks back over the period starting at the end of the 1800s until the present day, showing the Swedish defence organisation in a number of historical settings and presenting the local, regional and national perspectives. The museum takes the visitor on a journey through time, starting with the building of the Boden fortifications, then moving on to the large-scale mobilisation for the First World War, the calm period between the wars, the Second World War and the Cold War, to the relative stability of modern times in which the priority for the Swedish Armed Forces has been to take part in peacekeeping operations on all continents of the world. From 1 January 2009 the museum will also be responsible for the Boden Defence Museum in Abisko.
Permanent displays include:
Norrland, Sweden’s northern barrier – an overview of events in Sweden and the rest of the world during the 1900s. Experience a journey through the century, during times of peace and war, up to the present day.
The Ski Lodge shows the growth of the sport of skiing and the people who inspired it. During the 1920s and 1930s Boden was the centre for skiing in Sweden, and the home of such skiing legends as Sven Utterström. The display includes the different types of ski over the years, ski waxes, Olympic medals and much more.
Uniform Collection – One of Sweden’s finest collections of uniforms and military insignia, in which most of Sweden’s regiments are represented.
Regimental Exhibition – The Boden Garrison Old Comrades’Association presents a selection of articles of interest and events from the history of the various regiments. They have also a number of running historical military vehicles for display purposes.
The museum also works together with the company that has opened Rödberg Fort to the public.