Norsk Bergverksmuseum has extensive and varied collections of objects, minerals, buildings, pictures, documents, and registers. The collection of Kongsberg Silver Mine documents the development of mining work over the 335 years that the mine was in operation.
Norsk Bergverksmuseum is a cultural and natural history museum that manages the national cultural heritage site of Kongsberg Silver Mine, including its buildings and collections, and has national responsibilities related to mining history. The museum also manages Norway's Mint's coin collection, Kongsberg's industrial historical collection, and Kongsberg's ski historical collection. Exhibitions and the new activity and exhibition space Geolab can be found in the old smelting house and sluice house of Kongsberg Silver Mine, centrally located in Kongsberg town center.
Exhibitions: Silver and mineral exhibitions, Industrial history exhibitions, Kongsberg Ski Museum, Mint exhibitions, Norwegian mining history, and Silver Mine's collections. Learn more here: norskbergverksmuseum.no/museet-i-smeltehytta
The Mining Museum is built in Kongsberg Silver Works' smelting house from 1844, which was closed in 1922. The museum opened in 1945. In the Silverworks Exhibition, you can get an insight into how life was for a mine worker. The collections will give you an impression of how mining has been over the past 335 years. The objects and stories in the exhibition will take you back to a time when Christian IV was king of Denmark and Norway, and Kongsberg was Norway's second-largest city.
THE MINT EXHIBITION
In the exhibition coins and medals, you can get an insight into how coins were minted from the 17th century to the present day. The first Norwegian coins were minted in Copenhagen, and from 1628, minting was done in Christiania. From 1686 to the present day, all Norwegian coins have been minted at The Royal Mint/The Norwegian Mint in Kongsberg.
At The Norwegian Mint, many medals have also been minted for anniversaries and special occasions. The most famous medal in the world, the Nobel Peace Prize, is minted annually for the winner of the peace prize to this day.
Geolaben is located in the Museum. More information here: geolaben.no
The silver mines are located in Saggrenda, about 8 km outside of Kongsberg center, towards Notodden. From here, there is a daily train ride into the mountain to Kongens gruve, which is 342 meters underground and 2300 meters deep into the mountain, as well as Norsk Bergverksmuseum's visiting mine.
Together with a guide, you can experience the exciting history of one of Norway's largest mines. We also have mine adventures to Gottes Hülfe all year round!
If you do not have the opportunity to join one of the scheduled tours, you can always book directly on the website: norskbergverksmuseum.no/solvgruvene