Norwegian Mining Museum, Kongsberg

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The Norwegian Mining Museum (Norwegian: Norsk Bergverksmuseum) is located at Kongsberg in Viken county, Norway.
Norwegian Mining Museum documents the history of the former Kongsberg Silver Mines (Kongsberg Sølvverk). The museum was established in 1938, and opened to the public in 1945.

The museum documents the development of mining throughout the period the silver mines in Kongsberg were in operation.
As early as the 15th century, there was mining in the area. Copper ore was then taken out. Around 1540, silver-containing lead ore was also found. Silver deposits at Kongsberg were first discovered in 1629 with mines were in operation until 1958.

The cultural heritage dates from the 18th century, but there are traces of mining through the entire period of operation. The mining captain's house, cottages, stables, foundation for a water wheel as well as the system of aqueducts and dams are preserved. Situated close to the entrance of the silver mines are shelters once used by the miners. These buildings were built between the period 1867 and 1874. A mine train pulled by diesel locomotives takes visitors 342 meters below the surface and 2.3 km into the mountain. Inside the former mine there is a guided tour. An interesting device is the mine elevator which was built in 1881.

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  • Truly awesome museum. The exhibitions are beautiful and provide a unique picture of mining operations from way back in the day (17th century) to the last century. The mines themselves are amazing. So....  more
    Truly awesome museum. The exhibitions are beautiful and provide a unique picture of mining operations from way back in the day (17th century) to the last century. The mines themselves are amazing. So....  more »
  • We got a great guide in the mine, I liked how he explained in simple words (there ware kids in the group) and show examples if he could. 
    We got a great guide in the mine, I liked how he explained in simple words (there ware kids in the group) and show examples if he could.  more »
  • Nice staff, very nice "museum" with an incredible history". Would absolutely recommend a visit for young and old ! 
    Nice staff, very nice "museum" with an incredible history". Would absolutely recommend a visit for young and old !  more »
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  • Very helpful young lady gave us a quick wizz round to orient us, and an English guide to the museum, as some of the descriptions are only in Norwegian. Excellent video with English subtitles to start you off. Well set out, with sections on silver mining techniques, skiing, geological samples, armaments production, and more. You can even climb inside a mock up of the mine itself.
  • The Kongsberg city walk tour led by a museum historian was a highlight of our trip to Norway! Museum staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. There are exhibits tailored to a wide variety of interests and ages. We recommend this museum and this city to anyone and everyone!
  • It used to be the nr. 1 museum in Norway regarding mineral displays. Now only the silver display remains. This should beconsidered to be a national emberrasment. To hide all those wonderful minerals and crystals from the children and rock-minded people of the world is a scandal. I give a star for the breath-taking silver display, but otherwise it would be a one star review.
  • Excellent exhibition about mining history in Kongberg and related industries
  • Very interesting and informing.

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