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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork

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Vemork, 3660, Rjukan

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Vemork is mostly known for the heavy water war
  • Vemork is mostly known for the heavy water war
  • Photo from the exhibtion "The heroes of Telemark":
  • The old power station at Vemork
  • From the exhibiton at Vemork
  • Winternight at Vemork
  • From the movie "The heroes of Telemark".
  • Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum at Vemork.
  • Exhibition at Vemork Museum
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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 heavy water cellar

In the autumn of 2017, the exciting project "Jakten på tungtvannskjelleren" started. The basement at Vemork, where the heavy water was produced, was demolished with explosives in 1977. Now the heavy water basement has been excavated and the basement has been found intact! New museum is planned to open summer 2022!

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:

    • 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
    • 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

    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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