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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum

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The Norwegian Industrial Workers Museum is housed in the old power station, which started production in 1911. Rjukan was one of the first industrial towns in Norway, and the museum documents the changes that industrial development imposed on a little agricultural community. Heavy water, a crucial factor in the development of the atomic bomb, was produced in the hydrogen factory at Vemork. The museum has a separate exhibit featuring the heavy water sabotage action that prevented Nazi Germany from developing such a bomb during WWII.

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