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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork


Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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The Rjukan Waterfall (Rjukanfossen) 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, Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum where you can learn about the fantastic industrial adventure and see exhibitions on industrial development in Norway and especially in Rjukan.

The Heavy Water Cellar
The heavy water cellar is best known for the sabotage operation that was carried out on the night of 28 February 1943. Guided tours of the cellar opened on 18 June 2022 and are included in the entrance ticket to Vemork. For more information about the Heavy Water Cellar click here.

Presentation of Rjukan as a UNESCO site
Rjukan is part of Rjukan-Notodden Industrial heritage, inscribed on UNESCOs world heritage list due to our unique industrial history. An insight into the story is presented here at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum.

The heavy water war
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. 

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.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is authorized as the World Heritage Center for Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage with venues at Vemork, Rjukan and Telemarksgalleriet, Notodden.

Please notice that all parking will be at Rjukan station in the town center from June 18th till August 14th! 

Tickets should be pre-purshased at https://www.nia.no/vemork/. The bus tickets include entrance fee. 



  • Eco-certified


  • group discount

General facilities

  • café/cafeteria

Museums, Galleries and crafts

  • exhibition programme
  • gallery
  • guided tour by appointment
  • guided tour during opening hours
  • museum
  • museum shop
  • permanent exhibitions
  • theme exhibitions



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Recent Reviews:

  • 751morganb
    San Francisco, California
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Historically interesting
    3 of 5 stars
    Friday, 11th September 2020
    I found this museum interesting because of the very special history from WWII and Heavy Water. The rest of the museum is also in its way of interest since it tells a lot about how the Norwegian... Read full review
  • Marius P
    Oslo, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Great tour
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 19th October 2020
    Had a great tour that gived a lot of interesting information, demonstrations and fun facts about the industry. Read full review
  • HappyNorwegians
    Bergen, Norway
    This museum conjures a vision of Norwegian Resistance Fighters! Please visit it!
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 26th September 2021
    This is a museum anyone interested in World War 2 and the History of the development of Heavy Water used in the production of nuclear weapons. It was the place where Heavy Water was produced. The... Read full review

Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

BusFrom the parking lot to the museum it is a 700 m stroll. However shuttle is offered during summerseason


Tel: 35099000


  • Stiftelsen Miljøfyrtårn Eco-Lighthouse
  • Klassifisering The Olavsrosa Seal of Quality
  • Klassifisering Unesco
  • Klassifisering World Heritage

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