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The Rjukan Waterfall provided the basis for building the world's largest power station of the time at Vemork in 1911. The power station is now a museum where you can learn about the fantastic adventure of its founding and see exhibitions on industrial development in Norway and especially in Rjukan.

The museum is perhaps best known for its presentation of Rjukan's exciting war history. Vemork was at the centre of one of the most important acts of sabotage committed during the Second World War, when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing a nuclear bomb from the heavy water that was produced there. 

However, the exhibition "The Atomic Race" is being demolished. A new and improved war exhibition will open May 1st 2014.

You can watch a documentary called "If Hitler had the bomb" in the cinema, which is about the acts of sabotage committed during the quest to destroy the heavy water plant.

Here you will also find an exhibition about the saboteurs and also an exhibition about Rjukan as an industrial place.

Café - Giftshop


3660 Rjukan

Contact info

Phone: 35099000
Telefax: 35099001
Disabled personsaccess for wheelchairs
accessible to wheelchair users
Discountsgroup discount
General facilitiesCafé/Cafeteria
children's play area
Museums, Galleries and craftsexhibition programme
guided tour by appointment
guided tour during opening hours
museum shop
permanent exhibitions
theme exhibitions
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City Centre10 min 6 km Km.
Bus From the parking lot to the museum it is a 700 m stroll. However, shuttle is offered during summerseason

Opening hours

01.10.2013 - 30.04.2014 Sat, Sun11:00 - 16:00
01.10.2013 - 30.04.2014 Tue - Fri12:00 - 15:00
01.05.2014 - 14.06.2014 Mon - Sun10:00 - 16:00
15.06.2014 - 14.08.2014 Mon - Sun10:00 - 18:00
15.08.2014 - 30.09.2014 Mon - Sun10:00 - 16:00
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