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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

Type:Exhibitions

Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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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.

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

Discounts

  • group discount

General facilities

  • built - 0
  • café/cafeteria
  • children's play area

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:

  • Niels L
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Trip Type:
    Solo travel
    Vemork power plant
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 14th August 2019
    The museum is placed in the old Vemork water power plant, the most interesting about this place is its history from the Second World War. There is exhibitions on the production of heavy water, the... Read full review
  • camval
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Very interesting - the history, the building and the walk in were all great
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 6th September 2019
    This was one of the most interesting things that we did in Norway. I’d never heard the story of how this hydroelectric plant was crucial in the Second World War. Crucial to the Nazis who took it over... Read full review
  • LondonFozzy
    London
    A brilliant day trip from London
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th January 2020
    The early morning flight from Stanstead to Oslo, followed by a three hour journey in a hire car up into the snowy mountains via the other end of the railway line by the fjord. Here was the jewel in... 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

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