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Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum
Ranked #3 of 13 things to do in Rjukan
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed August 13, 2012

To much to say, what a superb outing. Its not all about machines and water, so much more. Its shear history and the struggle of a nation. I was captivated by it all, no restrictions just wander round at your lesiure.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

It is a pleasant walk from the parking lot, a short but fairly steep hill, up to the museum.

Personally, I think they took too much entrance fee in relation to what I got out of the visit.

Vemork is a small museum and it did not take long to have a look through the various departments. It is much intresant history gathered here anyway, and is worth a visit, they also show an old movie, and my opinion, that was the best part of the visit.

Thank Merete S
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Reviewed December 1, 2011

Thought this was quite dull and boring unfortunately.Expected more of this majestic historic building really.This was part of the target of the "Heroes of Telemark. A hall full of huge old redundent turbines. Should be made more of the history of the area. Walked the sabatours route , which i highly recommend .Buy the guided 3 hour tour , well worth it. This is part of the route the heroes of telemark took during WW2 in order to blow up the heavy water factory in front of vemork power station.The walk takes 3 hrs and ends by the old bridgeover the gorge to Vemork .You can bungeee jump from the bridge if you have not released enough energy and money on your trip.

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Reviewed October 9, 2011

The Vermork museum outside of Rjukan, Norway provides an excellent glimpse of the hydroelectric plant's history and its importance during WWII. Heavy water was produced at this facility, which made it a critical target for the German occupation to take control of the plant soon after the invasion. The Germans needed the heavy water in their efforts to build an atomic bomb.

The museum is out of the way for most tourists, about a 175km drive from Oslo, but is definitely a must see for those who have the time. The drive itself will bring you through some beautiful countryside. The building where the heavy water was produced was torn down after the war, as some believed it was an eye sore. However, the main building provides the details for you. Most of the information is in Norwegian, as was the video, the last time I was there in 2007. This is not an issue which should stop anyone from visiting, as there is enough English posted and the people working there will be able to assist you.

The parking lot is across the valley, where you walk across a suspension bridge. You'll get a good glimpse of the terrain the saboteurs took to destroy the heavy water. The train tracks are still there to give you a glimpse of the difficulties of the longest sabotage operation of WWII that the Norwegian team had. You can also walk up or take the tram up where the team exfiltrated after blowing up the heavy water.

You can also visit an identical ferry on the lake where a subsequent mission was undertaken to blow up a ferry carrying heavy water that was being sent back to Germany when the Germans realized they couldn't control the Vermok plant safely anymore.

The region provides an excellent chance to see history of the German occupation in Norway, and should be on anyone's agenda for those into WWII history.

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