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Vemork Foto: Ian Brodie

Vemork museum

At the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum you will get a close encounter with Norwegian industrial - and war history.


  • Heroes of Telemark/The heavy water campaign
  • The industrial town of Rjukan
  • The movie: "If Hitler had the bomb"

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

The Rjukan Waterfall provided the basis for Vemork, the world's largest power station in 1911. The station was converted into a museum in 1988, - the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, where you can partake in the astonishing story of the generation of industry and energy and see exhibitions of industrial development in Norway and at Rjukan.

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is authorized as the World Heritage Center for Rjukan-Notodden Industrial Heritage.

The Heavy Water War

The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is perhaps best known for its presentation of Rjukan's war history. Vemork was the location of one of the most important acts of sabotage during the Second World War, when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing nuclear weapons using the heavy water produced here.

The documentary "If Hitler had the bomb" about the sabotage is screened in the cinema room.

Excavation of the heavy water basement!

The Hydrogen factory and the heavy water cellar at Vemork was blown up in 1977. In 2017 and 2018 the Heavy Water basement was excavated.  The project continues in 2020 when a new building over the basement will be built from spring 2020.


  • Heroes of Telemark
  • The saboteurs
  • The machine hall
  • Miniture power station
  • The industrial town of Rjukan

Opening hours and prices

Press here to see the opening hours and prices at Vemork.

Where to find Vemork

Norwegian Industrial Worker's Museum at Vemork is on the road RV 37, approx. 6 km west of Rjukan, towards Rauland.

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