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The Norwegian Mining Museum (Norwegian: Norsk Bergverksmuseum) is located at Kongsberg in Viken county, Norway.Plan your Norwegian Mining Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Kongsberg using our Kongsberg trip maker website.
Norwegian Mining Museum documents the history of the former Kongsberg Silver Mines (Kongsberg Sølvverk). The museum was established in 1938, and opened to the public in 1945.
The museum documents the development of mining throughout the period the silver mines in Kongsberg were in operation.
As early as the 15th century, there was mining in the area. Copper ore was then taken out. Around 1540, silver-containing lead ore was also found. Silver deposits at Kongsberg were first discovered in 1629 with mines were in operation until 1958.
The cultural heritage dates from the 18th century, but there are traces of mining through the entire period of operation. The mining captain's house, cottages, stables, foundation for a water wheel as well as the system of aqueducts and dams are preserved. Situated close to the entrance of the silver mines are shelters once used by the miners. These buildings were built between the period 1867 and 1874. A mine train pulled by diesel locomotives takes visitors 342 meters below the surface and 2.3 km into the mountain. Inside the former mine there is a guided tour. An interesting device is the mine elevator which was built in 1881.
Norwegian Mining Museum reviews
Really good tour guide that gave interesting and easy to understand history of the museum. I went here twice, once with friends and the second time as a business trip a few months later. Definitely a.... more
Really good tour guide that gave interesting and easy to understand history of the museum. I went here twice, once with friends and the second time as a business trip a few months later. Definitely a.... more »
Truly awesome museum. The exhibitions are beautiful and provide a unique picture of mining operations from way back in the day (17th century) to the last century. The mines themselves are amazing. So.... more
Truly awesome museum. The exhibitions are beautiful and provide a unique picture of mining operations from way back in the day (17th century) to the last century. The mines themselves are amazing. So.... more »
Free parking. Ear plugs given out due to 28 minute round trip by noisy railway. Remember warm clothing as 6c temperature inside. Don't see much other than some tunnels and two lifts. But guide said you can hire some special exploration or big dining room inside for parties. No silver visible. Guide said 600kg lump once found, had to be split in order to get it up in daylight as 1 km deep mine. Part of this is on exhibit in mining museum. Nice guide, not boring. I went with the Norwegian language one, Johannes. Hard hats given, so you don't hit your head in occasional low ceiling. History of most mines found 400 years ago, involves two kids and an animal it sounded like. Real history of discovery, is that locals that found the mine were arrested as all silver belonged to the king, and they were found trying to sell silver. First, the long hired 300 Germans used to mining in soft stone, now they could only do 10cm per month due to hard gneis rock. But they discovered use of heat to crack the stone at 500c, so tunnels were full of smoke and deadly CO, until dynamite arrived. Mine is now flooded as water pumps are turned off. But no water at tourist level. Using latters, it took 45 minutes to descend, then 15 minutes with invention of lifts. Shut down due to low profits, half of all silver has been mined. Age 3 lower age limit.
Very helpful young lady gave us a quick wizz round to orient us, and an English guide to the museum, as some of the descriptions are only in Norwegian. Excellent video with English subtitles to start you off. Well set out, with sections on silver mining techniques, skiing, geological samples, armaments production, and more. You can even climb inside a mock up of the mine itself.
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