Den Gamle By in the city of Aarhus – “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. At the moment two new neighbourhoods are being built – from the 1920s and 1970s. Furthermore Den Gamle By consists of several museums and exhibitions. 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 like af nest of boxes: Open it, and one intriguing layer after another is revealed as you move in deeper. 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.
• today consisting of 75 historic houses from towns and cities across Denmark, with 27 living rooms, smaller rooms and kitchens, 34 workshops and shops as well as a pharmacy, a school, a post office, a custom house and historical gardens. The museum is currently expanding with two new town districts portraying 1927 and 1974 with authentic shops and homes as well as modern exhibition halls • a museum with a designated and outstanding collection (according to the Danish Museum-law) • housing comprehensive, national collections of clocks and watches, furniture, stoves, silverware.