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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 adventure of its founding and see exhibitions on industrial development in Norway and especially in Rjukan.

Presentation of Rjukan as a UNESCO site

Rjukan is on UNESCOs world heritage list due to our unique industrial history. An insight into the story is presented here at 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.

NEWS! The heavy water cellar at Vemork was blown up in 1977. However, an excavation of the cellar has begun, and a new spectacular museum will come.

Café - Giftshop



  • 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:

  • uberelfer
    Oslo, Norway
    Trip Type:
    Not really worth it...
    2 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 14th October 2018
    Unfortunately this was a wasted journey. We’ve all heard the stories about the hydroelectric plant, and the production of heavy water and the saboteurs during the war. We’ve seen the films and the... Read full review
  • Scott D
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    It's Developing....And Will Take Time.
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 1st December 2018
    A group of us were privileged to a private tour of this museum and developing site. Safety vests and hard helmets on and we were off. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful. The engineering, scale... Read full review
  • puchochot1
    Duxbury, Vermont
    Trip Type:
    Fascinating History
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 14th May 2019
    This place is full of drama and heroism. The stories of the sabotage (to prevent the Nazis from using deuterium oxide to make the A-bomb) are a fascinating and dramatic element of World War II. I... 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

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Vemork, TinnThe Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork is a museum where you can see the unique exhibition from 2.ww. as well as the industrial revolution in Rjukan.

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.

Tinn Museum, TinnTinn Museum is a folklore museum with antiquarian buildings, which focuses on the old agrarian society in our region.