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Åmdals Verk Mines

Type:Museum

Åmdalsvegen 42a, 3882, Åmdals Verk

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The history of the Aamdals Verk Copper Mines starts back in the 16th century when Christian the 3rd of Denmark/Norway sent German miners to start up mining activities in Telemark. Today the mining museum tells the history of the miners, their work, their lives and the mining process. Guided tours in the shafts.

NB! Temperature in the shafts is about 6 degrees Celsius. Take with you a pullover or jacket.

The copper ore at Åmdals Verk was first discovered in 1689, and the mines became the heart of an urbanized community where the miners’ daily life depended not only on the local supply of ore, but also on the political situation in Europe.

The mining operation started in 1691, and the first owner of the mines was the mayor of Christiania (Oslo) Johan Pettersen Bergmann. Bergmann died in a shipwreck in 1701, and since then the Åmdals Verk Mine has had various owners and periods of various profitability through the years. The long distance to the coast, and high shipping costs made the operation difficult.

The second half of the 1800s was the golden age of Åmdals Verk. In the 1870ies and -80ies new equipment increased efficiency, and 1884 became the peak year with more than 300 miners employed. The mine provided a doctor, help for the poorest and a school for the miners’ children.

The last period of operation was during the Second World War. The German occupants demanded full operation throughout the war, and the mines became a Wehrwirtschfts Betrieb? In 1945 the mines were closed down for good. Since the beginning in 1691, about 1 million tons of rock had been taken out, and possibly more than 8000 tons of copper extracted.
Take an exciting, guided tour underground and discover the harsh realities of the miners work.

Åmdals Verk Mines is also a local geology center.
The mining area is surrounded by beautiful nature, trails and is rich in minerals.


The museum is open in the summer season.

For off-season group guiding, please contact West-Telemark Museum. Email: booking@vtm.no. 


 

Facilities

General facilities

  • other times open by arrangement
  • parking for motor coaches

Museums, Galleries and crafts

  • exhibition
  • geology
  • guided tour during opening hours
  • museum shop

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    Recent Reviews:

    • torbj_rnh415
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Gøy i fjellet
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 27th July 2020
      Flott tur i museet og gruvegangene med en entusiastisk guide. Utrolig at de kunne holde på inne i fjellet helt fra 1600 tallet og til 1945. Read full review
    • Erlend S
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Fantastisk
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 23rd July 2022
      Utrolig fint museum og en genuint interessert guide som viste oss rundt og fortalte historier om driften og stedet rundt. Anbefales på det sterkeste. Read full review
    • BestRegardsFromFar
      Cape Town Central, South Africa
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      A very interesting visit that comes highly recommended.
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th July 2021
      Very educational museum and great tour into the copper mine, led by passionate guides who often have been personally involved, at least at the family level, with the mining. Excellent English. Make... Read full review

    Guide Prices

    Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
    Adults (from 16 years)NOK100.00 per person
    Children 6-15 yearsNOK50.00 per person
    Family ticketNOK250.00 per day
    Groups min. 10 pers. Guide fee NOK 800,-NOK80.00 per person
    Senior/StudentNOK80.00 per person

    Prices are subject to change.

    Map & Directions

    Contact

    Tel: +47 35 06 90 90

    Opening Times

    Season (25 June 2024 - 15 Aug 2024)
    DayTimes
    MondayClosed
    Tuesday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

    * General Opening Text

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