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Address: Karmoey, Avaldsnes 4299, Norway
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+47 52 81 24 00

On a winter's day in 1865 a herring fisherman from Jaeren found some...

On a winter's day in 1865 a herring fisherman from Jaeren found some incredibly rich copper ore in Vigsnes. By about 1895 Vigsnes was one of Europe's greatest copper mining areas, which in its time generated 70% of Norway's copper export. The Statue of Liberty in New York is clad in copper produced in these mines, which were in operation between 1865-1972. The museum tells the story of the mining community and exhibitions illustrate the work methods they used. It is situated in picturesque surroundings with bridle paths and footpaths in "Fransehagen" and has an interesting playground for children.

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Unfortunately the museum was closed when we got there but it has a really nice outdoor area. Take a stroll to the melting ovens and some German war ruins.

Reviewed 6 July 2015
Geel, Belgium

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 May 2016

Very few people know that these mines as Vigsnes produced the copper that was used to dress the Statue of Liberty, certainly on of America's most valuable treasures. I strongly recommend exploring the grounds and going through the wall that takes you to view one of the mines now filled with blue-green water, water that is rich in copper content.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

Visited first thing this morning with my father,sister and her two children under 5. I have visited the museum previously and knew that my sisters boys would enjoy the interactive part of the museum. I walked in with my four year old nephew, we could see a group of people were upstairs. No sign of any staff. My nephew and... More 

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Geel, Belgium
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

Unfortunately the museum was closed when we got there but it has a really nice outdoor area. Take a stroll to the melting ovens and some German war ruins.

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2014

closed, so unfortunately unable to give a good review of it. However the area around it was interesting nice harbour great for the photographer, oh and their very own statue of Liberty

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Easton, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 July 2014

Interesting history on this mine with its ties to the Statue of Liberty. A nice hands on section for the kids as well as a small museum with mine artifacts and history. Fun play area for the kids to run around and play also.

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Houston, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

As an American, this was an important place to visit as the copper for the Statue of Liberty came from these mines. I really enjoyed learning that and taking my picture with the miniature replica of Lady Liberty they have erected near the water. I never knew that bit of history. My husband's great grandfather also worked in these mines... More 

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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Dinner served Sundays in summertime .Very nice area to go for walks . Very close to the sea . Vaffles are very good ,not sure if whellchairs get into cafe .Intersting area to explore .

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