Den Gamle By - The Old Town Museum

The 'Den Gamle By' (The Old Town) is perfectly unique attraction in Aarhus for the whole family to go on fascinating journey back in history. The museum is awarded the maximum three stars in the Michelin Travel Guide. Here you will meet people dressed and acting as folk at the end of the 19th century, and also as how people lived and worked in 1927. You can also take a walk through a town district from 1970s' Denmark, complete with streets, townhouses, shops, backyards, and workshops re-erected exactly as they stood in the past.

In the Welfare State of Denmark

In the 70s town district you can drop by the shops, including Poul's Radio and TV shop, the mini-supermarket, the gynaecologist clinic, the kindergarten, and the hairdresser's. The townhouses are inhabited by various people, including a nuclear family, a commune, and a blind man. In the backyard are parked a Beetle and the plumber's Citroën. And you can also go inside the moped workshop and the scouts' meeting room.
At the end of the Havnegade street lies the historical Aarhus jazz bar Bent J with occasional live music on stage.

The 1920s – modern times have arrived

In 1927, the townscape has become modern with cars in the streets, pavements, electric street lamps, telephone poles, and painted wall adverts. In this town quarter of the Den Gamle By lie an ironmonger's, a bookshop, a Schous Sæbehus chain store, a post office, a telephone exchange, and several residences from before Denmark was hit by the recession in the 1930s.

Once upon a time before 1900

The oldest part of the Den Gamle By is representative of a small Danish market town complete with houses, gardens, dwellings, shops and workshops. The buildings originate from towns all over Denmark and they have been re-erected in the museum's grounds. From April and throughout the year you can meet the people of yore in the kitchens, the living rooms, and in the grocery shop.

Museum of living history

You can meet people dressed, working and behaving just like they did in the olden days. They are cooking food, chopping wood, sewing and needling, or attending to customers in the shops. Feel free to stop for a chat with them; perhaps they will tell you to go and fetch water from the well or throw rubbish on the midden.

Go for a ride in the horse-drawn carriage, or make a good bargain in the period shops. Have a pint in the beer cellar and enjoy a cup of coffee with cake in the tea garden.

In the Festival square the whole family can race on stilts, play skittles, or have fun on the swing boats and on the merry-go-round.

Journey back in history for the whole family

In the 'Den Gamle By' (The Old Town) urban museum there are buildings which date back all the way to the 16th century. Every year around 500,000 visitors tour the museum.

Special exhibitions and smaller museums on site

During the year there are theme days, concerts, activities for children, and a number of special exhibitions. The Den Gamle By museum grounds are also home to other smaller museums, including the Jewellery Box, the Decorative Arts Gallery, the Danish Posters Museum, and the Toy Museum. And on 12th April is the opening of the brand new The Aarhus Story museum with 700 square meters of underground exhibition space dedicated to portraying the birth, development, and potential future of Aarhus.

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Opening hours

01/04/2017 - 23/06/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
24/06/2017 - 13/08/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
14/08/2017 - 17/11/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
18/11/2017 - 30/12/2017 Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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  • Classification

    • Saint Hannes Cross
    • Easy access
  • Discount

    • AarhusCard (Gratis entré)
  • Facilities

    • Coach park
    • Restaurant/Cafe
    • Museum shop/News stand
    • Offers live demonstrations
    • Possibility for active participation
    • Activities for children
    • Packed lunch permitted
  • Subjects of the collections

    • Architecture
    • Cultural history
    • Textiles
    • Crafts
    • Arts and crafts
  • Type

    • Historical museum



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