Randomly selected generator bars from a 50-year-old Norwegian hydro power generator were examined in this work. Typical non-destructive tests, as partial discharge and dissipation factor measurements were initially performed at both 50 Hz and 0.1 Hz. Then, the AC breakdown strength of the epoxy/mica/glass fibre reinforced bar insulation was measured by gradually increasing the voltage in steps of 5 kV with duration of 1 min until breakdown occurred. The field graded terminations were soaked in transformer oil during breakdown testing to prevent external surface flashovers. The AC breakdown voltage ranged between 60 kV and 75 kV, which corresponds to 8-10-fold the service voltage of 7.4 kV. No significant difference in breakdown voltage was observed between bars being located close to the high voltage or neutral terminal during service. This indicates minor degradation caused by the AC service stress, even after 50 years in service. No correlations were found between the measured breakdown voltage and the diagnostic partial discharge activity and dissipation factor measurements.