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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  • Nice staff, very nice "museum" with an incredible history". Would absolutely recommend a visit for young and old !  more »
  • Had a great time, guides were very good, knowledgeable and fun. Allow enough time to listen to all the interesting history  more »
  • We had a lovely trip to the Kongsberg Silver Mines and especially enjoyed all the knowledge the staff had to offer. We learned a lot and had a really good time.  more »
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  • Nice displays, not just mining but local history, coins, arms...
  • Okay, dining where they actually press the Noble Peace Prize is a once in a lifetime experience. Excellent experience with great food
  • Good exhibitions, well presented. Friendly staff.
  • Kongsberg became the second largest city in Norway after silver ore were discovered there. Therefore, the city and the mining museum are important to understanding Norwegian modern history. We had a very interesting guided tour both in the mine shafts and in the museum itself.
  • Closed without any information. Everywhere I checked it said it would open at 12, but they were still closed at 12:05 with no sign of life. Disappointing after waiting(or wasting) 2 hours. Took these pictures when I left.

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