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About the Preparedness Museum

The Preparedness Museum was inaugurated on June 30, 1997, and since its inauguration has been Sweden's only museum in an underground facility built during World War II, Batteri Helsingborg. The Emergency Museum's exhibitions are located both above and below ground, in Batteri Hälsingborg's underground buildings and in buildings erected for museum operations.

The aircraft hangar

In the aircraft hangar you will find the museum shop with, among other things, A Swedish Tiger, the Christmas cookbook, etc. This is also where the Preparedness Museum's dining room is located. In the air hangar, temporary exhibitions with different focus are shown, both on the Second World War 1939 – 1945 and on the Cold War era 1946 – 1990. In the exhibitions, you can take part in history in everyday life and in readiness, with a display of everyday objects, army equipment and civil defense equipment . Currently (2023) the exhibition Christmas food is on display, about the food and everyday life during the years of readiness 1939 - 45. In the air hangar there is also a smaller uniform history exhibition comprising a period cavalcade of uniforms, from the year 1886 to the year 1943.

The cannon hall

In the cannon hall, located next to the aircraft hangar, larger equipment is displayed, such as Sweden's largest mobile cannon of all time, 21 cm cannon m/1942, tanks, vehicles, etc. Here you can also see parts of the coastal artillery's equipment during the entire period Sweden had coastal artillery as its own defense branch, from 1902 to 2000. Battery Helsingborg was a coastal artillery facility and you will also find larger equipment that belonged to the facility together with equipment that was used in the defense of Skåne from the time of the First World War until the end of the Cold War.

Battle Command Center

The Armed Forces Museum's weapons history collection has been built up in Batteri Helsingborg's once nuclear-safe combat command center. The weapons history collection includes both Swedish military firearms used from the beginning of the 19th century until today, as well as foreign military firearms used during both the First and Second World Wars and during the Cold War era. The weapons history collection also includes cannons and pieces, used from the middle of the 17th century until the end of the 20th century. Larger equipment included in the weapons history collection is displayed in the Cannon Hall. In the battle command center there is also a uniform historical exhibition, a cinema with partial furnishings from 1941, history and exhibitions about Sweden's defense and, of course, exhibitions also about Battery Hälsingborg.

Cannons Maja, Brita, Asta and Sonja

The cannon Maja is part of the basic exhibition at the Preparedness Museum. Maja can be visited during regular opening hours. Down at Maja's, visitors can take part in Batteri Helsingborg's history.

The Brita cannon is a time capsule of the decommissioned Batteri Helsingborg. Brita can only be visited on certain occasions, in connection with special screenings, for an extra fee.

The cannon Sonja is under renovation and upon its completion will be used for displays. Sonja is not yet open to the public.

The cannon Asta is walled up. Currently there is no planning for the opening of the cannon Asta.

The hospital bunker

The hospital bunker was built for use by Batteri Hälsingborg. Today, the Hospital Bunker has been restored in detail to its appearance and contents as it was in 1983, i.e. during the Cold War. The hospital bunker can only be visited on certain occasions, in connection with special viewings, for an extra fee.

Crew barracks

A crew barracks has been erected at the Preparedness Museum to show how the soldiers' accommodation was arranged, especially soldiers who were placed on duty in the Skåne line, i.e. serving in one of the more than 1,000 defenses that were built along the Scanian coast in 1939 - 1940. Crew barracks of the same type were exported after the war from Sweden to countries in Europe whose buildings were destroyed during the Second World War.

Pipe protection room

A pipe protection room from the preparedness period has been erected at the Preparedness Museum to show how the population was prepared to protect themselves in the event of a bomb attack. The pipe protection room is complete with furnishings.

The Skåne line from Laröd to Viken

The Preparedness Museum preserves and displays the Skåne Line on a couple of occasions a year. Tickets for this year's screenings of the Skånelinjen can be purchased on the website.

Bunker tour in Helsingborg

The Emergency Museum preserves and displays the city defenses inside Helsingborg. On the bunker walk, visitors can follow along on a walk through the city, with a visit inside a number of bunkers that have been preserved for the future at the initiative of the Preparedness Museum. Tickets for this year's Bunker hikes can be purchased on the website.

Call the war radar in Laröd

The Preparedness Museum preserves and displays Sweden's only preserved close-in surveillance radar, complete with equipment and material as it looked during the Cold War. Tickets for this year's showings of the Cold War radar in Laröd can be bought on the website.


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