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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork


Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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  • Exhibition at Vemork Museum
  • new museum building around the heavy water cellar at Vemork
  • The old power station at Vemork
  • From the movie "The heroes of Telemark".
  • The museum building for the heavy water cellar at Vemork
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  • Photo from the exhibtion "The heroes of Telemark":
  • Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum in winter
  • object from the heavy water cellar at Vemork
  • The heavy water cellar at Vemork
  • The heavy water cellar at Vemork
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At the Vemork Museum, you will get an up-close encounter with Norwegian industrial and war history.

More than 50,000 visitors each year. Named a Travellers’ Choice on Tripadvisor. Awarded the Olavsrosa for experiences of particularly high standard. A visit to Vemork is suitable for everyone.

Whether you want to dive deep into Norwegian industrial history, learn more about Norwegian war heroes and international war history, love beautiful and spectacular nature, are passionate about architecture, are interested in history, curious about everyday life in the past, or looking for an exciting day for the whole family – Vemork is the place.

Rjukanfossen laid the foundation for Vemork, the world's largest power station in 1911. Today, the venerable power station is a museum – the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum – Vemork.

At Vemork, you can experience the fantastic industrial adventure that took place in Rjukan, which is the reason why Rjukan, along with Notodden, is now on UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage List.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is authorized as a World Heritage Center for the Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage with visitor sites at Vemork in Rjukan and the Telemark Art Museum and World Heritage Center in Notodden.

Heavy Water Cellar Opened June 18, 2022
The Heavy Water Cellar is best known for the sabotage mission carried out on the night of February 28, 1943. For more information about the Heavy Water Cellar, click here.

Heavy Water Sabotage
The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork is perhaps best known for its presentation of Rjukan's war history. Vemork was the site of one of the most important sabotage missions during World War II when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing atomic weapons using the heavy water produced here.

In the film room, the documentary "If Hitler had the bomb" about the heavy water sabotage is shown.

Opening Hours and Prices
For opening hours and prices at the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, see here.

You can find Vemork Museum along RV 37, about 6 km west of Rjukan towards Rauland.



  • 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:

    • TheAviator0765
      Ripon, United Kingdom
      A Must See
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 26th October 2023
      I have wanted to visit here for many years, and while many will be familiar with 'The Heroes of Telemark', there is much more to this museum. It is easy to find, and with a free car park just before... Read full review
    • rtdood
      Manchester, United Kingdom
      Well worth the visit from Oslo, and possible via public transport in winter, although timings are limited!
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 28th February 2024
      Definitely worth the visit from Oslo to visit this historical landmark. I was reliant on Public Transport to get there, which fortunately didn't let me down with service provided as timetabled, which... Read full review
    • DadandCab
      Coffs Harbour, Australia
      What - no Kirk Douglas!!
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 6th June 2024
      Having found ourselves in Rjukan and realising it was where the actual “Heroes of Telemark” operation from WWII occurred, we had to come and take a look and we weren’t disappointed. The original... 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

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    Tel: 35099000


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

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    lounge at Gaustablikk FjellresortGaustablikk Mountain Resort, TinnGaustablikk Mountain Lodge is situated in beautiful surroundings at Gausta, by the foot of Gaustatoppen. An ideal hotel for nature lovers.

    Great view towards Vemork at the end of the trail. The Saboteur's trail, TinnThe Saboteurs' trail is the world-famous route the Norwegian Resistance used during the Second World War.

    Rjukanfossen, TinnThe Rjukan Waterfall is unfortunately much less impressive than it used to be as most of the water has now been diverted into pipes running to the Vemork power station.