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One winter's day in 1865, a herring fisherman from Jæren found an incredibly rich copper ore in Vigsnes. By 1895, Vigsnes had become Northern Europe's largest copper plant. At the time, it accounted for 70% of Norway's copper exports. The copper mines were in operation between 1865 and 1972. Visnes copper was used as a material in the Statue of Liberty in New York. At Visnes you can visit Karmøy's own Statue of Liberty, which is a beautiful, smaller replica that stands close to "Fransehagen", the mansion garden of the mine's first director, Charles de France.

Visnes Mining Museum

Today you can get an insight into the active Visnes Mining Museum, which has exhibitions in various buildings, where you will find the history of the distinctive mining community that for many years was one of the country's richest and most modern communities. Here you can visit the mining museum, the administration building, the smelting hut, the gazebo and the workers' residence. Visit the museum and experience 107 years of exciting history, told through skilled guides, exhibitions and 2,000 photos. For groups (minimum 15 people): Open all year round by appointment.

Fransehagen

The museum is set in picturesque surroundings with riding and walking trails in Fransehagen and an interesting playground for children. Inside Fransehagen there is a zip line for the little ones. Down at Neset, there is a new outdoor fitness park. This is suitable for both children and adults. Or you can enjoy playing frisbee golf, an activity suitable for the whole family.

Go hiking in the area

Here at Visnes you can watch film scenes from the mining era. Join us for a champagne reception in the pavilion and hear the Visnesslusken's story from the dark mine.

Adventure hunt

Children will love it here too - find out more about the history with the Adventure Hunt rebus, have a picnic at the mine playground and go ziplining!

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Schedule

Opening hours summer 17.06 - 31.08 2024

Weekdays:
12:00–17:00
Saturday:
12:00–17:00
Sunday:
12:00–17:00

Open on Sundays September 2024

Weekdays:
Closed
Saturday:
Closed
Sunday:
12:00–16:00

Autumn holiday 07.10 - 13.10 2024

Weekdays:
12:00–16:00
Saturday:
12:00–16:00
Sunday:
12:00–16:00

Prices

Child under 16 yrs:
NOK 40
Adult:
NOK 100
Student:
NOK 50
Senior:
NOK 70
Family ticket:
NOK 150

Contact

Address:
  • Visnesvegen 380
  • 4262 AVALDSNES
Phone:
+ 47 406 35 816
Email:
visnes.gruvemuseum@gmail.com
Website:
www.visitvisnes.no/en/home

Facilities

Family-friendly:
Toilet:
Parking:
Season:
  • Summer

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