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Fetsund Timber Booms on the Glomma River is a listed timber floating and timber sorting plant. The timber floating industry in the Glomma River began as early as the 14th Century, but it was after the invention of the gate saw in the 16th Century that it became widespread. The presentday timber boom was built in 1861, when the sorting of timber was moved from Bingen down to Fesund. The timber floating plant was in operation as late as 1985 and was one of the Norway's largest. Up to 14 million logs could pass through here during one season. The Timber Boom Museum was established in 1989, at which time it gained its protected status. The Museum includes old rafting boats, underwater constructions and machinery, workers' dwellings, workmen's sheds, workshops and a smithy. Fetsund Timber Booms, with its 25 buildings, is one of eight industrial sites that have been given priority by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage. Nordre Øyeren Nature Information Centre is also located in the area. Fetsund Timber Booms has a large number of attractions for the public: workshops with traditional handicrafts, cultural heritage and art exhibitions, a café and a museum shop. Lectures are also adapted for schoolchildren on various levels. Ca. 60,000 people visit Fetsund Timber Booms annually.

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