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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum - Vemork


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 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.

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. 



  • 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:

    • rspill
      Boxford, MA
      History, Scale, and Rememberance
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 14th December 2022
      The Industrail Workers Museum near Rjukan in in a building that was the factory for the production of heavy water in WW2. There are many books and movies that document the Allies' desparate effort... Read full review
    • 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

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    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


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