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Norwegian Museum of Water Power

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Tyssedal is the home base for a unique museum that covers the history of Odda and Tyssedal, and illustrates the impact waterpower has had on building the modern nation of Norway. Odda and Tyssedal experienced an enormous upheaval at the beginning of the 1900s, developing from small agricultural communities to modern industrial societies. In 1906 around 30 people lived in Tyssedal. Odda, with its 600 inhabitants, had several tourist hotels and was a major crossroads on the route between Bergen and Kristiania, as Oslo was called then. Almost overnight these two places were transformed into bustling construction sites, where workers from all of Scandinavia thronged. The population of Tyssedal increased from 30 to 1000 within a very short time span. This industrial boom was not only the result of innovative engineering. It was also the story of radical upheavals, increasing social awareness and the class struggle. The Tyssedal Power Plant was listed as a national monument in 2000. The museum demonstrates to the visitor how important the role of waterpower has been in the history of modern Norwegian society through guided tours, exhibitions and visual presentations. Equally important is the history of living conditions for the working class during the past hundred years and the dramatic upheavals that have taken place in small local communities.

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