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Amalienborg Palace
Amalienborg Palace is a must for anyone with a taste for royal history and the life of Denmark’s royal family who still resides inside the palace. Experience royal history at the museum and sense the present of one of the world's oldest monarchies from the beautiful palace square where you can watch the changing of the guards. Amalienborg is famous for its Royal Guard, called Den Kongelige Livgarde. Every day you can experience the changing of the guards, as they march from their barracks in 100 Gothersgade by Rosenborg Castle through the streets of Copenhagen and end up at Amalienborg, where the changing of the guard takes place at 12:00 noon.
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Rosenborg Castle
A royal hermitage set in the King’s Garden in the heart of Copenhagen, Rosenborg Castle features 400 years of splendor, royal art treasures and the Crown Jewels and Royal Regalia. Rosenborg Castle was built by one of the most famous Scandinavian kings, Christian IV, in the early 17th century. Among the main attractions is the Knights’ Hall with the coronation thrones and three life-size silver lions standing guard. Tapestries on the walls commemorate battles between Denmark and Sweden. The interiors are well-preserved and invite you to take a journey in time. You can experience the king’s private writing cabinet, his bathroom, and see wax figures of former royal inhabitants. Rosenborg also houses an exquisite collection of Flora Danica and one of the world’s finest Venetian glass collections, both set in tower chambers.
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Denmark National Museum
Denmark's National Museum in Copenhagen has exhibitions from the Stone Age, the Viking Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and Modern Danish History. The National Museum is located in The Prince’s Palace, built in 1743-44. It is no longer used by the royal family, but the Great Hall still appears elegant enough to fit princes and princesses. The Gallery consists of a wide corridor that linked rooms and sleeping quarters, and featured plenty of space for exquisite handicrafts. The stucco in the ceiling, the panels and the oak parquet floor are all thought to be original. The furniture and stove are from the early 18th century. The National Museum boasts a very large ethnographical collection, a collection of classical and near eastern antiquities, a coin- and medal collection, and a toy museum. You can also visit the Victorian apartment Klunkehjemmet, practically unchanged since 1890. After years of reconstruction, the exhibition on Danish Antiquity has re-opened, including prominent national treasures such as the more than 3,000 years old Sun Chariot, the Bronze Age Egtved Girl, and an amazing collection of archaeological finds from the Viking Age, many of which have never been shown at the exhibition before. Another intriguing must-see is the Huldremose Woman, whose well-preserved remains are estimated to date back to the first decade of the first century AD.
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Christiansborg Palace
Christiansborg Palace, located on the tiny island of Slotsholmen, contains the Danish Parliament Folketinget, the Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State. Parts of the palace are used by the Royal Family for various functions and events. The Royal Reception Rooms include The Tower Room and The Oval Throne Room where foreign ambassadors to Denmark are received by the Queen. The Throne Room gives access to the balcony where the Danish monarchs are proclaimed.
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Bakkehuset Museum
"Bakkehuset'" (which means The Hill-house) is a museum of literature, art and culture of the Danish Golden Age spanning from around 1800 to 1850. The permanent exhibition centres on the literary socialites Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek, who owned and inhabited the house from 1802 until 1830. Their home became a hub for some of the prominent authors and literary figures of the Danish Golden Age. Bakkehuset's famous living room was filled with discussions of art, literature, philosophy and science. Famous Danish authors such as H.C. Andersen and Adam Oehlenschläger as well as scientists like the physicist H.C. Ørsted visited the house. This is why Bakkehuset, as a meeting place for influential people, had a durable impact on Danish Literature and Cultural History. Among the exhibits on display are the couple’s furniture as well as Kamma Rahbek’s beautiful boxes which she created with her guests sitting around her living room table. In addition, the permanent exhibition includes a library with periodicals and books by authors from the Danish Golden Age. Together with the surrounding romantic garden, the house provides a unique and authentic insight into 19th century lifestyle and culture.
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Malmoe Art Museum
At Malmö Art Museum, you can discover Nordic contemporary art and wander through time and space showing the history and development of painting and furniture-making. The museum hosts several important collections and historical donations, including the works of Carl Fredrik Hill (pdf, 375 kB) (1849-1911), whose pictures still evoke challenging thoughts on the human mind. The Herman Gotthardt collection (pdf, 101.8 kB) of Nordic modern 20th-century art is a highly important contribution to the understanding of the early production of Scandinavian modern art. The Museum also has an extensive collection of furniture and handicraft, primarily from southern Sweden. In the Malmö Art Museum's collections are significant Swedish and European ceramics from the 1400s until today. The collection of the Swedish and European Glass from the 1300s onwards, where the Swedish 29th-century glassworks are well represented, is of international interest. As the collection of Swedish and European silver, mainly Swedish silver from the Baroque to the designer Torun Bülow Hübe (1927-2004). There are also objects in the collection of textiles, pewter, brass and bronze that arouses interest.
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Malmo Castle
Eric of Pomerania, king of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (at that time a unified kingdom), built a castle on the site now occupied by Malmöhus in 1434. The strategic location was of great importance. From here, the west side of the city could be protected and shipping traffic on the southern part of the Öresund monitored. Malmöhus acquired its present appearance following major reconstruction in the mid 16th century when King Christian III ordered the building of a modern fortress, splendid Renaissance castle and county governor´s residence, all on the one site. Denmark´s coins were minted here in the Middle Ages. Crown Prince Frederick held wild parties here in the 16th century. Prisoners were beheaded in the courtyard in the 19th century. Malmöhus has now been restored in the spirit of the 16th century and is part of the Malmö Museums, the largest museum in southern Sweden. The castle is part of Sweden´s cultural heritage and is managed by the National Property Board.
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Malmoe Konsthall
Malmo Konsthall was opened in 1975 and is one of the Swedens largest spaces for contemporary art. Architect Klas Anshelm has created an exhibition with great flexibility, generous space and fantastic light. ” A large, low concrete box open on the park and the light of heaven ”, described Anshelm himself his creation. The construction materials are light and simple; concrete, glass, wood and aluminium. Most of the gallery has a roof built as a lattice of 550 light domes. The ceiling height varies. The light well – with higher ceilings – has large sloping skylight north. Klas Anshelm got the idea to construction when visiting the sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s Paris studio. The result is a gallery that is both functional and aesthetic. An exhibition space that the artist with endless. Malmö Konsthall arranges annually a number of exhibitions with an international focus.
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Modern Art Museum Malmo
The Moderna Museet Malmö is a branch of the famous Swedish Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. It is located in a converted former power station, within walking distance from the center of the old town of Malmö. The former power station was built in 1901 as a brick building, the typical industrial architecture of its time. As part of the modernization, the building received an extension with a red-painted steel sheeting facade and in 2009 the Moderna Museet moved into the old power station. The museum is specialized on Scandinavian and international art of the 20th and 21st century. The changing exhibitions throughout the year are attracting visitors from all around the world. The former turbine hall was converted as an exhibition room and covers an area of over 800 square meters. In addition, the museum also has an educational workshop of about 100 square meters. The Moderna Museet is the only Scandinavian museum that features a significant collection of contemporary art of the 20th century. In its possession are works by Dali, Kandinsky, Matisse and Picasso.
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RAGNAROCK Museum
See, hear and feel your way through the history of rhythmic music from 1950s rock'n'roll, through1980s pop culture to today's wild rhythms - and get an idea of ​​tomorrow's music scene.
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Fredriksdal museums and gardens
Welcome to one of Sweden´s finest open-air museums. The different landscape types and grounds, historic buildings and gardens make Fredriksdal a miniature Skåne. As well as the beautiful manor house from 1787, there are old city quarters, a working Skåne farm, a unique botanical garden with all the species that grow wild in Skåne, as well as a lovely rose garden.
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The Kalundborg Museum
In the historic old town of Kalundborg, the medieval city centre, paved with cobblestones and opposite the five-towered church, lies the great six-winged estate Lindegården from the 16th century.
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Mjellby Art Museum
At the Mjellby Art Museum, there is a large collection of art from the Halmstad group. It makes it possible to show exhibitions that illustrate their pioneering work in Swedish art history in the 1920s and 1930s, but also provide new insights and lesser-known perspectives on the group's history. The museum also exhibits temporary exhibitions focusing on modernism and its various tracks. The Museum often use topics such as gender, norms, society and politics when produce exhibitions - not infrequently in collaboration with different researchers. Over the years it has published several art books linked to its exhibitions. Mjellby Art Museum has a special assignment to work with surrealism. Here, of course, the Halmstad group's surrealism is at the center, but it also interested in the branches of art direction nationally and internationally.
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Hallandsgarden Open-air museum
Hallandsgården is an open-air museum founded in 1925, beautifully situated on Galgberget in the middle of Halmstad. Hallandsgården is a natural destination for anyone wanting to visit bygone days.
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Fregatten Jylland
With 102 metres from bowsprit to stern, 44 cannons and 57 metres to the top of the masthead, Fregatten Jylland (the Frigate Jutland) is an experience with both room and entertainment for the whole family. The exhibition hall provides the opportunity for immersion in the ship’s very interesting history, and aboard the ship, you can experience it full speed ahead when the museum’s guides show and explain how the drama unfolded aboard the big warship, which later became both the royal yacht and summer holiday digs for school children from the province. Today, the ship is well-restored and ready to receive its guests in Ebeltoft, just as fine and well-kept as on the Mayday in 1864 when the ship and crew met their enemies at Helgoland. For the museum’s guests, there are lots of opportunities to do things, even trying and experiencing life on the seas more than 100 years ago: - Help load a 30-pound muzzle-loading cannon and remember to hold your ears during the cannon show. - Go on a sailing tour with the Frigate’s old auxiliary boat “Barkassen” on Ebeltoft Bay. - Go with the climbing instructor 23 metres up in the rigging and see the ship, the town and the bay from above. - Try your strengths against Kalle Krudt’s treasure map, the Discharge.
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Moesgaard Museum
Prehistory presented innovatively in a breathtaking architectural setting makes for a world-class museum experience when you visit the Moesgaard Museum. The past becomes alive and the people in the exhibits will step forward and provide the visitors with a better understanding of the past and how we arrived at where we are in the present. The Moesgaard Museum is a huge attraction not only because of the architectural design of the museum and the exhibitions, but also due to its location in the beautiful natural surroundings in south of Aarhus, overlooking the woods and sea.
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ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
ARoS is one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe. And each year, ARoS has about one million visitors, making it the most frequented art museum in Scandinavia. Enjoy a Michelin experience in Aarhus at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. ARoS is the main art museum in Aarhus and one of the largest museums in Northern Europe. ARoS offers a large number of exhibitions and activities all year round. In the downstairs area, you can enjoy the major special exhibitions, with the 'nine spaces' presenting international art installations. On the upper floors house the museum's own collections of art from the 19th century up to the present day. In Your rainbow panorama, you can move around in a 150 meter long, circular panoramic path with 360º views of the surrounding city. ARoS has two Michelin-stars in the Michelin attraction's guide.
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Den Gamle By
'Den Gamle By' (The Old Town) is a perfectly unique attraction in Aarhus for the whole family to go on a fascinating journey back in history. 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. In The Old Town, you will meet people dressed and acting as the 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. The oldest part of the Den Gamle By is representative of a small Danish market town complete with houses, gardens, dwellings, shops and workshops. 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 lying 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.
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Huseby Bruk
Beautiful Huseby Bruk shows you a bygone era. Go for a stroll in the park and gardens, and visit the well-preserved castle. At the old ironworks, the stories of the 1800s are told over and over again. The main building at Huseby is reverently called the castle. Many remember Ms Stephens, the last owner of Huseby. In her last will and testament, she wrote that everything should be preserved for coming generations to take part in. The interior decor remains, and much of it comes from her parents’ time and up until the middle of the 1800s. The Stephens family were close to the royal house and sometimes had royal visitors at Huseby Bruk. The park and garden have been recreated in their 19th-century form. Much was documented – even shopping lists for seeds. The park is characterised by ‘embroidered’ flower beds that Miss Stephens’s mother Elisabeth Stephens designed. But the kitchen garden might be the best thing about Huseby - it is a real utility garden that used to supplied the work's gentry with vegetables, fruit and berries. It was designed with nine areas and follows a model from older times. Ms Stephens loved different breeds of hens and today, too, there are hens and peacocks to look at.
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Smalands Museum
Welcome to Smalands museum, Sweden's oldest provincial museum, with collections dating from 1792. The glass collection is the source of the museum's international reputation Smalands Museum reopened in 1996 as Sweden's museum of glass following extensive expansion and renovations. Småland's cultural heritage and the history of Kronoberg County are profoundly informed by the work done and the lives lived on its rural industrial estates, which are now primarily devoted to the production of glass. The museum has nationwide responsibility for collecting, documenting and exhibiting Swedish glass and its production.
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Daedesjoe local History Museum
In the old historic farm there is a rich Collection of traditional textiles, cobblery and prehistoric finds. Flax is grown in Dädesjö, where both old fashioned and modern linen production methods are shown.
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Emigration Museum
Utvandrarnas Hus, only a few steps away from the provincial museum of Småland in the city of Växjö, is a special kind of a museum. It is dedicated exclusively to the great Swedish emigration movements between 1846 and 1930. It is hard to believe, but 150 years ago Sweden was one of the poorest regions in Europe. Before the first industrial revolution, which had begun a lot later in Sweden, it was an agricultural country without enough agricultural areas, no longer able to feed the rapidly growing population in the middle of the 19th century. The museum was founded in 1965 by the Swedish Emigration Institute with the purpose of keeping the archive with its extensive collection about the emigration era in a central place and making it easier for the public to access. In addition, the institute opened its own research department, which has become a preferred address for ancestry and immigration researchers.
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Trapholt
The only museum in Denmark where you can see visual art, crafts, design and furniture design. The exhibitions always offer new and exciting experiences, featuring both international and Danish artists and designers
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The Museum at Koldinghus
The construction of Koldinghus started in 1268, when the Danish king wanted a castle that could guard the border between the Kingdom of Denmark and the Duchy of Schleswig.
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The Jelling of the Kings
The Kings Jelling offers a journey with stories in the flames, about life as a Viking and warrior, the journey to Valhal and the transition to Christianity. Here you will also learn about the Danish kingdom, from Gorm the Old and to our current royal family. All told so that both children and their curious adults get a unique experience back home. From the roof terrace, there is a view of the monument area and with the two digital binoculars it is possible to zoom in on today's Jelling, but also to get an overview of Jelling through the ages. The experience center of Kongernes Jelling is located on the large monument area, which Harald Blåtand had fenced with a palisade, which was the largest Viking Age building. Here are the two rune stones, the church, the ship's setting and the two highs. These have been on UNESCO's World Heritage list since 1994.
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Energimuseet
Make a historic journey full of energy in a 15,000 m² natural landscape. The museum's experienced guides make lightning shows every day in the Bohr Tower. You can also go on a reconnaissance trip and a treasure hunt - with your smartphone. There are 8 exhibition buildings in total, including the "Tangeværk", which still produces electricity. Also, visit "Ørsted-Loft" with activities for all ages and the "Electricity House" filled with machines and interesting retro objects. The "Energy Museum" focuses on environmental friendliness and here you can experience the exhibition "Life in Change", which illustrates the life of the Danes in a world of climate change. The new exhibition is intended to stimulate discussion on how to make a contribution. The activities and the location of the museum invite to a full-day visit, where the whole family can relax in beautiful surroundings. For children, there are playgrounds, minibikes, sandboxes and trampolines. In the energy garden, they make campfires in good weather, and there are snacks like fried insects. At the same time, the Energy Garden shows how it is possible to create a sustainable eco-system.
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The Landscape Museum
The Landscape Museum Fishing - Unewatt is the Folklore Museum in Schleswig-Holstein, in which past and present can be experienced simultaneously. In the beautifully situated village Unewatt this museum takes place.
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Teddy Bear Art Museum
The Teddy Bear Art Museum is housed in the LEGO family's former private home in downtown Billund. The museum is an architectural gem from 1959 of 776 m2 and is today home to over 1,200 teddy bears. Enjoy the visit to the universe of teddy bears and discover that teddy bears are not only toys but also art. The museum has many different exhibits that show the charm and great diversity of the teddy bears. The museum is surrounded by an enchanting park-like garden of 10,512 m2 - a true oasis in the middle of Billund. The garden is open to guests during museum hours. Enjoy a lovely walk and all the lovely flowers and trees in the garden.
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The Maritime Museum
Flensburg is a historic seaport and trading post. The Flensburg maritime museum explains the maritime history of the city with all of its stories about the port and merchant courtyards, the ships and shipowners, and the machinists and captains as well as their typical day on board. These are stories from far-off lands as well as from the coast of the homeland. Stories from the Danish West Indies about sugar, rum and slavery. Stories from the firth about butter transporters and women who spoke the Petuh dialect. Stories from the shipyard about engineers, riveters and welders. The museum offers a rich experience for all of the senses. It features interactive, hands-on stations that require you to participate, watch, listen and marvel, making a visit to the museum a journey of discovery for sailors of all ages. Special exhibits, promotional days, holiday programmes, tours of the museum and the city, knot-tying courses, rum tastings, concerts, readings and presentations create a rich variety. Feel free to browse the museum gift shop and pass time in the Café.
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The Museumsberg Flensburg
The Museumsberg Flensburg with its two houses is one of the largest museums in Schleswig-Holstein. Since its founding in 1876, the Museum of Art and Cultural History of the former Duchy of Schleswig, whose northern half since 1920 belongs to Denmark.
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The Museum of Water Technology
At the Museum of Water Technology, you will find steam boilers and pumps from 1893 and forward. The Museum of Water Technology in Aalborg has intact installations which have worked for many years. Part of the waterworks building dates back to 1854 when the waterworks were built. The main building was built in 1907 in a distinctive style where the tower has embrasures. The building was drawn by the architect Hother August Paludan (1871-1956). The oldest preserved machine in the museum is from 1893. Among other things, there are also steam boilers, oil engines, electric pumps, measuring instruments, switchboards, and much more.
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Godthaab Hammervaerk Museum
The Museum Godthaab Hammerværk is a rare example of a former Danish industrial company. The Zinck family produced tools and utensils at Godthaab Hammerværk for 5 generations from 1858 to 1985. The products created at the mill are still sold, but now as a part of Fiskars assortment. The listed buildings hold the original shop with restored machinery, which was all driven by waterpower. A permanent exhibition shows various tools and instruments that have been produced at the iron mill along with a display of the original machines - all driven by water power. All machines have been restored and are still functioning and working when the museum is open.
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Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
Kunsten is like a sculpture growing out of the greenery around it to create a beautiful frame for world-class art. Every year Kunsten welcomes countless guests to explore the collection of modern art. Kunsten – the Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg – has recently been renovated, leaving the architectural gem with a new look when it reopened in 2016. The building is in a league of its own internationally, and it was designed by the world famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto in collaboration with Elissa Aalto and Jean-Jacques Baruël.
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Springeren Maritime Centre
At Springeren - Maritime Centre, you get to experience the unique life at sea in the Port of Aalborg and Aalborg Shipyards. You can find different activities that the whole family can enjoy together. Get lost in the exhibitions of more than 600 beautiful model ships, local history and hours of fun! With 15000 sq.m., of which over 2000 sq.m. are inside, you can easily spend hours here. See models of the RMS Titanic, the story of which we all know, as well as the RMS Carpathia, which was the first ship to arrive at the scene where the Titanic sank and therefore helped countless of the survivors from the lifeboats. The largest sailing ship of its time, the Danish school ship København (Copenhagen), which disappeared without a trace in 1928, is also displayed in the exhibition.
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Defence and Garrison Museum
In Aalborg you have the chance to visit a complete exhibition of the Danish defence force from the occupation period during WWII. This exhibition includes cars, planes, motorcycles, tanks and much more. Aalborg has been a garrison town since 1779, and after World War II, as well as during the Cold War period, it was the largest garrison in Denmark. The museum offers an exciting look at the weapons and equipment used by the armed forces in defending Denmark since World War II. The exhibition includes objects from the Army, the Air force, the Home Guard, the Police and the Civil Defence, World War II and Aalborg as a garrison town.
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Herning Museum of Contemporary Art
HEART - Herning Museum of Contemporary Art has come as a borderland between art and profession and is driven forward by the countryknown shirt manufacturer Aage Damgaard, who has made the foundation for the museums collection.
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Monsted Limestone Mines
The world's largest limestone mine. An endless maze of galleries with caves as large as cathedrals and narrow paths where an adult man cannot walk upright. An enormous 60 km labyrinth of passageways with caverns as large as a cathedral, and narrow tunnels where you have to walk doubled up. 2 km of the passageways are lit. A multi-media presentation shows the history of the mines. Exhibitions and films tell about bats, geology and mining. Groups are granted admission all the year round with prior reservation. Guided tours in Danish, English and German can be arranged.