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With hot and cold homemade meals. Welcome to Blaafarveværket, a national treasure. On a warm summer day, the river are full of bathers and playing children. There is a park with tables and benches on the grass along the banks of the Simoa river. Paths are paved to permit wheelchair access and a large free car park is available for visitors. For the childrens farm museum with living animals.
The impressive Glasshytten was built in the 1770s and was the main factory producing blue pigment from the cobalt ore discovered in the Skuterudasen ridge in 1772. Turning cobalt into blue pigment was a long and complex process. The cobalt had to be mined, transported the seven kilometres by horses to the crushing works by the Haugfossen waterfall and over the Simoa river to the glassworks. This was followed by a host of melting and flotation processes at the glassworks. Blaafarvevaerket supplied 80% of the world´s cobalt blue pigment in the 1830s and 1840s.
A complete community grew up around the works with mines, factories and houses. Today it is a vital centre of culture with concerts in its beautiful hall. We can also cater for between 10 and 300 people.
The Royal Blaafarveværk was established in 1773 to extract cobalt ore from the local mines. The cobalt was to be used in the production of cobalt blue pigment for the world´s porcelain and glass industry. Today it is a museum in pleasant surroundings with many attractions.
Blaafarveværket once the leading factory of coboltblue pigment in the world, Blaafarveværket is today a cultural museum, its annual art exhibitions are among the most important in Scandinavia. At Blaafarveværket you will be met by specially trained guides who will ensure that you have an absorbing and unforgettable experience . . .
Permanent collection of antique cobalt blue glass and porcelain. Scandinavia´s largest souvenir shop for cobalt coloured glass and ceramics.