Discover the 1920s

Discover the 1920s in Den Gamle By
The ironmonger was a product of industrialization during the 1920s. The store is open from Easter to New Year.

Industrialization in Denmark

When walking into the 1920s neighbourhood, you will find that the urban streets are paved with flat paving stones as well as sidewalks that made life safer for pedestrians. During this period in Denmark, the buildings of the town became more modern with mural adverts painted on house gables.

This area shows how the industrialization had begun to affect the lives of ordinary Danes with electricity, electric street lights, telephone wires, bicycle stands and petrol pumps. Motorvechicles became a more common part of the street image leaving horse-drawn carriages behind.

Visit the 1920s at Den Gamle By
The bicycle was an important means of transport along with the industrialization.
Electric street lights in 1927 at Den Gamle By
The whole scenery chances in the 1920s neighbourhood with electric street light and telephone wires.
The Car Dealer Carl Christensen. The building is inspired by Hillerød Motor Co.'s building from 1927 and it contains sales exhibition and workshop.
The exhibition contains three of the best-selling cars of that time. A Fort T Cope from 1927, a Ford Sedan from 1926 and a Citroën Køverblad from 1925.

A variety of shops

Side by side on Søndergade you will find the Bookshop and the Ironmonger. The need for booksellers grew steadily as peoples reading skills improved, and the ironmonger was a product of industrialization, where he sold everything people needed for modern urban lifestyle. 

Schou’s Soaphouse on Havbogade, was part of the largest chain of outlets in 1927. The shop, which is occasionally open, is a complete collection of interior furnishings and inventory. Further down the street lies a brewery, an important part of town life as the water in the town's wells was impure. 

Den Gamle By in the 1920s - the Bookshop
The Bookshop sells reprints of older Danish works, various stationery, postcards and cut-out sheets.
Den Gamle By in the 1920s - Schou's Soaphouse
Schou's Soaphouse, a well restored building exactly as it was in 1927, is occasionally open.


On Toldbodgade you will find the Millinery Shop with its originally furnishings. The shop and house, that belonged to an independent businesswoman called Miss Wahlstrøm, is a uniquely well-preserved totality of building, shop, home and garden. 

Many of the buildings and their interior in the 1920s neighbourhood are in great shape, and gives a good insight of how Danish towns with modern features looked like in the time before the economic slump of the 1930s, and before World War ll. 

At the Millinery Shop you will find a variety of hats from the early 1900s. Find the shop in Miss Wahlstrøm's home.
Den Gamle By in the 1920s - petrol pump
In a common Danish town in the 1920s petrol pumps became part of the street view.