The Silver Mines
Join a train ride that takes you 342 meters below the surface and 2.3 km into the mountain. Inside the King’s mine, there is a guided tour through shafts and stopes. You will even examine the famous “Fahrkunst” – a mine elevator built in 1881. The tour takes 1.5 hours, and the temperature in the mine is 6°C, so you must dress warmly. The museum’s banquet hall is a wonderful function room for gatherings, concerts and various kinds of performances for groups small and large.
Next to the entrance of the Silver Mines, you will encounter activity grounds where children and adults can interactively learn about and try the tasks of a traditional miner, including making their own coin, mining for silver with a pan and chipping minerals with a hammer and chisel. The area around the mines has a lot to offer families, including a popular spot for bathing and a museum shop in the Sakkerhusene.
The Norwegian Mining Museum
The Norwegian Mining Museum has comprehensive and diverse collections, which explore and chronicle the development of mining throughout the 335 years that the Silver Mines in Kongsberg were in operation. The museum’s main attraction is its silver collection. It represents the largest collection of native silver anywhere in the world.