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Den Gamle By


Viborgvej 2


8000 Aarhus C




tel: + 45 86 12 31 88

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Den Gamle By - Open-Air Museum

Den Gamle By - "The Old Town" - was founded in 1909 as the world's first open-air museum of urban history and culture.
75 historical houses from all over Denmark shape the contours of a Danish town as it might have looked in Hans Christian Andersen's days, with streets, shops, yards, homes and workshops.
You can visit living rooms, chambers, kitchens, workshops and museums all year round, and you can meet the people and characters of yesteryear throughout the museum from Easter to 30th December. 
Den Gamle By is under the patronage of the Danish Queen and it is one of Denmark’s few 3 star attractions in Guide Michelin and the only one outside the capital area.

A market town at the time of Hans Christian Andersen.

Den Gamle By is a living and breathing experience of a market town at the time of Hans Christian Andersen.
The geese roam freely on the streets, and the chickens cluck in the pen. From Easter to Christmas, visitors may enjoy jaunts by pony-and-trap. During the main seasons, the Fairground offers amusements for children.

Bicycle, gas pump and sidewalks from the 1920s

Den Gamle By is recreating a townscape as it might have looked in 1927 with bikes, a gas pump and sidewalks. The area includes a typical 1927-town museum and a working telephone central. From Easter, the Ironmonger’s and bookshop will tempt you with the latest in 1927 lamps and literature.

young couple in typical clothes from the 1970s

Den Gamle By is recreating a town district from 1974.
You can visit three different homes, a pastry shop, a radio and TV shop, a grocery, an embroidery shop and a gynaecologist's clinic.

Stately home from the 1700s in baroque and rococo.

If you only have a few hours make sure to visit:
The Mintmaster's Mansion, a stately home from the 1700s.
The Mayor's House: domestic culture from 1600 to 1850.
The Merchant's House and shop from 1864.
The Toy Museum - the largest in Denmark.
The three homes from 1974.

A grocery from the 1800s

Experience Living History from Easter to 30th December. Talk to the kitchen maid or help the yard’s hand bring firewood into the kitchen. Visit our historical shops and taste the cakes baked with recipes from 1885. The many characters of yesteryear's market towns will tell you about their life whether rich or poor, old or young.

Old mechanical toys in the Toy Museum in Den Gamle By.

Den Gamle By has dedicated an entire building just to toys and the history of children’s play. The oldest toys date back from the 1800s while the newest are from the 1960s. Rediscover old favorites or find new treasures between teddy bears, mechanical toys, German Märklin cars, or huge doll houses.

Living history in the Merchant's House, 1864

Find the authentic Christmas in Den Gamle By from November 14 until december 30 2015.
Experience how Danes have celebrated the holidays for centuries.  Exciting activities await the entire family with historical shops, Living History, traditional Danish treats, Christmas market and entertainment in the weekends.

the most beautiful mechanical pocket watch ever made: Pocketwatch from Girard-Perrregaux

Den Gamle By has an outstanding collection of silverware, delftware, porcelain and clocks of all ages.


Classic and modern Danish posters

The Danish Poster Museum shows classic and modern posters, Danish and foreign posters, and posters with a political, artistic or commercial message.