Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, Rjukan

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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is an industrial museum located at Rjukan in Tinn, Norway. Located in the Vemork power station, it was established in 1988 to allow the preservation of industrial society created by Norsk Hydro when they established themselves in Rjukan in 1907.
The research and exhibitions of the museum span the history of power-intensive industry in Norway after 1900; including hydroelectricity, electrochemical industry and the premise for the workers. In particular local heritage from Tinn and the Norwegian heavy water sabotage are given high priority.
The foundation running the museum was established on November 3, 1983 by the municipality, the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate and the labour unions Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions, Norwegian Workers Education Association, Norwegian Union of Chemical Industry Workers and EL & IT Forbundet. Later this was supplemented by the United Federation of Trade Unions, Statkraft and Statnett, but the latter two have since left. The museum moved into the Vemork power station, since Norsk Hydro had abandoned the hydrogen plant in 1971—and the first plant in the world to mass-produce heavy water. The first curator was hired in 1984, followed by two more employees in 1985. This phase of the establishing had a widespread goal, attempting to preserve both pre- and post-industrial heritage from Rjukan, including the establishment of Tinn Museum, a heritage village dedicated to the preindustrial society, in 1984. The permanent exhibition at Vemork was opened on June 20, 1988.
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  • It is a spawning time from the 2nd. World War II, which can be recommended for anyone who is a trip on Rjukan.
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  • Was only interested in the sabotage part of the factory, with a kid in the age of 8 who had not had time to load this part in school, it was probably very boring for him, even if he kept the courage up. Then there is some with old turbines that we quickly went through, not our bag of popcorn, you have seen one has been seen all. There is a mini-piece for smaller children, but they tire enough with good bit to go if you do not take the Shuttlebus, which goes between parking and the museum itself, we were in good time, but when we came back it was queuing to the parking boxes, which were too few to number
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  • Når man er på Rjukan så må man ta seg en tur innom Vemork og industriarbeider museum samt den berømte kjelleren der tungtvannsabotasjen foregikk under andre verdenskrig. Kraftverket er avviklet, men m...  more »
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  • A truly interesting museum at the one of Norway's most important locations during world war 2. The old hydro electric power plant of Rjukan now hosts a museum giving information about the industrial development in the region and about the sabotage operations that were conducted here to stop the production of heavy water back in WW2. A large part of the power plant is preserved in the original state.
  • The museum was fascinating! Knowing the Heroes of Telemark film, it was great to see the location of this incredible feat. The team of Norwegian soldiers were so incredibly brave. The museum is high up with only a gorge bridge crossing, fairly scary to walk across but a bus runs from the car park if required. A nice cafe and shop are in the museum.
  • Interesting museum with interactive screen for the basement where the allied forces came in to bomb the heavy water production. It was good with information in English apart from the section celebrating the fire service which is Norwegian only. I do feel that it was a little overpriced for the entry for what you got inside.
  • What to expect here: At the museum you will get a close encounter with Norwegian industrial - and war history. Highlights: Kids friendly (including kids play room) Heroes of Telemark/The heavy water war The industrial town of Rjukan The movie: "If Hitler had the bomb"
  • Great museum in great surroundings! Important WW2 history for Norway.
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