At the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, you will have a close encounter with Norwegian industrial and wartime history.
Rjukanfossen provided the foundation for Vemork, the world's largest power station in 1911. Today, the station has been transformed into the Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum, where visitors can experience the remarkable energy adventure and explore exhibitions on industrial development in Norway and Rjukan.
The heavy water sabotage
The museum is perhaps best known for its presentation of Rjukan's wartime history. Vemork was the site of one of the most significant sabotage operations during World War II when Norwegian saboteurs prevented the Germans from developing atomic weapons using the heavy water produced there.
The exhibition "Atomkappløpet" (The Atomic Race) provides an exciting and insightful presentation of the four heavy water sabotage missions and the Allies' efforts to develop an atomic bomb.
In the film room, the documentary "If Hitler had the bomb" is shown, which tells the story of the heavy water sabotage operation.