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Odda town

In the town centre of Odda the museum has workers houses, a small science center, archives and an industrial smithy.

Flyfoto av Odda sentrum

The town center of Odda in the 1960s. Photo: Kraftmuseet archives


Workers Houses

The workers houses in Folgefonngata constitute one of these departments. The industry structure in Odda started in 1906, at the same time as the construction of the hydropower plant in Tyssedal took place. After a relatively short construction period, ”Tysse power station” delivered electricity to the largest carbide factory in the world in Odda in May 1908. The first workers houses were built on the farm Bokko from 1907 onwards.


Arbeidarboligane i Folgefonngata The three workers houses from 1908. Photo: Anne Gravdal, Kraftmuseet



You can visit four homes set back to four different decades, and watch the film:


”The children in Bakke”


The film gives us an impression of how it was like to grow up in an industry place like Odda, starting in the 1920s. Odda was a young industrial society growing rapidly.



Utsnitt av Borna på Bakke engelsk from NVIM on Vimeo.




Science center and Smithy


In 2010 the museum bought the old laboratory on the former carbide factory and rebuild it into a science center. A year later the old industry smithy was saved. This is the largest smithy in Scandinavia and was turned in to a school for young blacksmiths in 2015.


Vassleik på vitensenteret  

Having fun with hydropower. Photo: Harald Hognerud Kraftmuseet


Barn smir

Practicing to be a good blacksmith. Photo Harald Hognerud Kraftmuseet


On the former carbide factory site, you can see two outdoor exhibitions; Knud Knudsen Photos and plates with information about the former factory buildings and their function.


Informasjonstavle cyanamidesilo Several information panels telling the story of the carbide factory. Photo: Anne Gravdal Kraftmuseet


You can download the brochure with map here: Information plates 


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Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry

Naustbakken 7, 5770 Tyssedal
Phone: +47 53 65 00 50