Vitenfabrikken is a combines museum and science centre located in the city centre of Sandnes. The exhibitions and activites are spread across four floors. The topics explained here are natural science, mathematics, energy and astronomy, regional industrial history and the city of Sandnes’ history.
At Vitenfabrikken, you can visit the following permanent, interactive exhibitions which invites you to take part, explore and learn:
Abels Sketchbook shows how the body is a tool for creative activity. Test the brain, your balance and reaction – and much more!
It has to pay off is an old saying in Sandnes. The exhibitions tells the story of entrepreneurs in the region. Work in the shop. transport goods with the crane in the harbour, check your weight in gold or learn more about money and finances. By the way, did you know that the Jaquard-machine was the first computer ever invented? See how it works at Vitenfabrikken!
Planetarium is Vitenfabrikken’s main attraction. It was fully renovated in 2019 and is one of the most modern Planetariums in Scandinavia. Lean back and enjoy a trip to the universe!
The Abelloft is a new and magical exhibition which focuses on mathematics with more than 50 experiments and activities.
100% Energy explains basic energy sources. The Tesla-Coil is the hightlight. It sends out ligharrows with a strength of 700.000 volts. These can play music – or you can try to catch them!
Øglænd in 150 tells the history of the company Jonas Øglænd AS, well knows for brans like DBS, Tempo and Cubus. Take a ride through the streets of Sandnes on the Tempo-moped. The year 2018 marked the 150 years anniversary for the start of Jonas Øglænd, therefore the name of the exhibition.
You can take part in many activities, especially during weekends and school holidays: different shows, films in the Planetarium and workshops where you can make and discover many different things. There are also several temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Vitenfabrikken also runs a MakerSpace. At MakerSpace, you can learn more about 3D-printing, vilycutting and much more. MakerSpace is usually open for teenagers Wednesday evenings, and Friday early afternoon for everyone. MakerSpace is free to use, the only cost is materials you choose to use. Please contact us for more details in English about MakerSpace and opening hours here.
Vitenfabrikken wants all guests to get rich experiences. Good hosts and educators, a pleasant and well-run cafe and an exciting shop helps make Vitenfabrikken to a complete cultural institution. Vitenfabrikken welcomes individual visitors, groups, school groups, birthday children, businesses, yes, everyone should be able to have fun and find inspiration here.