Norsk Bergverksmuseum Kongsberg

Sølvgruvene - Kongens Gruve - Norwegian Mining Museum

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Sølvgruve, Norsk Bergverksmuseum, Kongsberg, Norway. Public Domain.
Location: Saggrenda, 8 km west of Kongsberg, towards Notodden.
Open: Museum:
18-MAY to AUG daily 10-17.
SEP to 17-MAY Tue-Sun 12-16.
Closed 24-DEC to 02-JAN.
Mine tours:
18-MAY to JUN daily 10, 12, 14.
JUL to 14-AUG daily 11-16, hourly on the hour.
15-AUG to 31-AUG daily 10, 12, 14.
SEP Sat, Sun 12, 14.
OCT Sun 12, 14.
NOV to 17-MAY after appointment only.
Closed 24-DEC to 02-JAN.
Fee: Museum:
Adults NOK 80, Children (6-18) NOK 30, Students NOK 60, Seniors NOK 60, Family NOK 180.
Minimum prices outside opening hours: Daytime NOK 1,100, Evenings, Sat, Sun, Hol NOK 2,000.
Mine tours:
Adults NOK 150, Children (6-18) NOK 90, Students NOK 110, Seniors NOK 110, Family NOK 420.
Minimum prices outside opening hours: Daytime NOK 2,500, Evenings, Sat, Sun, Hol NOK 4,300.
Classification: MineSilver Mine
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: V=40,000/a.
Bibliography: Museum: self guided
Mine tours: D=90 min.
Address: Norsk Bergverksmuseum, Hyttegata 3, N-3601 Kongsberg, Tel: +47-32-723200, Fax: +47-32-723210. E-mail: contact
Norsk Bergverksmuseum, Postboks 18, N-3602 Kongsberg.
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1623 first silver discovered.
1770 Kongsberg second largest town in Norway, more than 4,000 men employed at the Silver Mining Company.
1844 furnace built, which is now home to the museum.
1938 museum founded.
1958 silver mining ended.


The Norsk Bergverksmuseum (Norwegian Mining Museum) is a museum located in the center of Kongsberg. It shows various exhibits like tools, machinery, documents, and pictures of the local silver mining. Impressive is the Native Silver collection, some of the best silver specimens from the Kongsberg silver mines are on exhibit. But the mineral collection also contains a large number of other Norwegian minerals.

About 8 km from the museum is the Sølvgruve (literally silver mine) which is also part of the museum. Meeting point is the Sakkerhusene, with a cafe and museum shop. A mine train on a 800mm gauge, pulled by diesel locomotives, brings the visitors 2,300 m into the tunnel of the Kongens Gruve (King's mine). The show mine is located 342 m below the surface.

The high time of the silver mining was during the 18th century. In 1770 Kongsberg was the second largest town in Norway. More than 4,000 men were employed at this time by the Silver Mining Company.