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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork

Type:Exhibitions

Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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Vemork is mostly known for the heavy water war
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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.

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.

The hydrogen factory and the heavy water basement at Vemork was blown up in 1977. During 2017 and 2018 the basement has been excavated, and the building of a new museum will start spring 2020.

Facilities

Classification

  • Eco-certified

Discounts

  • 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:

    • anagP6520XJ
      Sydney, Australia
      Interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th April 2020
      We had a semi guided tour and I found it all very interesting. I wouldn't make a special visit for it but good to see if you are in the area. It is a bit of a mission to get there as it is way up... Read full review
    • 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:
      Couples
      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

    Map & Directions

    Public Transport Directions

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

    Contact

    Tel: 35099000

    Awards

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

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