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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork

Type:Exhibitions

Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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Industrial worker museum Vemork in Rjukan with heavy water cellar
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  • The museum building for the heavy water cellar at Vemork
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  • Norwegian industrial worker Museum and suspension bridge
  • The heavy water cellar at Vemork
  • view from the new museum building to the heavy water cellar on Vemork
  • The heavy water cellar at Vemork
  • The old power station at Vemork
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  • Vemork is mostly known for the heavy water war
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About

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.

SUMMER 2022 - PARKING
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. 

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:

    • 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
    • karol452
      Edmonton, Canada
      Lots of Facts about Water
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th June 2022
      The museum talks about Heavy Water. There is a film to watch. It is hard to imagine the noise in this building when it was active. The machines are still there. There are lots of facts about... Read full review
    • D38lawn
      Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
      Telemark
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 28th June 2022
      Probably only for people of a certain age. The journey thru the valley to the museum shows how difficult it would have been to attack the place. They have built a new part over a previously... 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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    Contact

    Tel: 35099000

    Awards

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

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