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Norwegian Mining Museum
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Kongsberg
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Owner description: The Norwegian Mining Museum including The Silves Mines collection of native silver, Norwegian minerals and miningindustry, Kongsberg skiing history, the coin and medal collection and the Kongsberg industry cololection are five exhibitions located under one roof in the city centre of Kongsberg. One ticket will give you access to all five museums. The Norwegian Mining Museum offers you the history of the Silver Mines and the worlds largest and most precious display of native silver. The Skimuseum has an astonishing collection consisting of over 5000 trophys. The Royal Mint Museum gives you an insight of the citys coin production from its beginning up until today. The museum of arms and weapons opened the year 2000 and conveys the industrial history of Kongsberg starting 1814. The Silvermines Join a train ride that takes you 342 meters below the surface and 2,3 km into the mountain. Inside the King’s mine there is a guided tour through stopes, adits and shafts. A mine elevator built in 1881 (“Fahrkunst”), is just one of many things to see on this tour, which takes 1,5 hours. The temperature is 6°C, so please dress warm! Children under 3 years are not permitted to entre the Silvermines.
Kragero, Norway
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Much bigger than expected”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

This museum is actually several museums in one. It combines the history of mining in Kongsberg with the weapons manufacturing and marine equipment that still play valuable roles in Kongsberg. There is also a ski museum. It was an interesting stop with a lot to do.

Pro tip: make sure to try every door. There are a lot of rooms that look "off limits" that are actually treasure troves of fun. Were they off limits? Maybe. But we investigated anyhow. Great information and history.

Visited September 2013
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“An important and interesting part of Norwegian history.”
Reviewed September 4, 2013 via mobile

Very interesting museum. Nice setup. Good for most ages. Recommend to set of enough time to go to the mines as well.

Visited July 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“an adventure”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

There are not a lot of opportunities to visit a mine. This museum gives an excellent insight into how it was and a good explation is given by the guide.
Take some earplugs for the train journey into the mine!

Visited July 2013
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Gjovik, Norway
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“Really worth a visit”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

Brought the family with kids here to show them the silver mines of Kongsberg (follow signs for "Sølvgruvene" or "Norsk Bergverksmuseum" from Kongsberg).

In addition to the museum and souvenir shops, you can go by mining train 2300 meters into the heart of the mountain, and get a professionally guided tour inside the mines. The guides split in two groups - one tour in Norwegian and one in English. On the guided tours you get a lot of information about both the mines and the people who worked there. Considering the age of the mines and the tools they had to make them, it's really jaw-dropping.

Inside the mines it's quite cold (6 degrees celsius), so don't go in there in shorts and t-shirt. My wife has claustrophobic tendencies, but neither train nor mines were a problem to her.

In our group there were kids from 3 years and up. I waited until mine were older because then they will remember more of it, and they manage to be silent when the tour guide speaks. But - disregarding noisy kids - anyone from 3 years and up will probably love this tour.

Visited June 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Something for Everyone”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We visited here in September and it is well worth adding to any itinerary in the Kongsberg area. The complex houses not only the mining museum but also a skiing museum, a mineral museum, Norwegian Royal mint museum, an armaments museum and last, but certainly not least, the amazing 'silber kabinett' a room dedicted to silver specimens from the Kongsberg silver mines. There was also a display of old mining photos. A key part of the museum is the tourist mine established at the site of the old access and surface works of the Kongens Gruve silver mine, a few kilometres out of town. A visit here involves a noisy ride in a small train into the heart of the underground workings, good value and very educational. It's a pleasure to see the pride that Norway obviously has for its industrial heritage.

Visited September 2012
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