Museums and collections

Numerous collections and museums have been set up in former institutions, establishments, psychiatric hospitals and children's homes. The collections are typically run by former employees who have volunteered to preserve and communicate the stories of these institutions.

These collections are repositories of unique knowledge.

Below, you will find links to some of the collections and museums in Denmark that collate and communicate the history of vulnerable groups:

Dansk Forsorgshistorisk museum på Andersvænge (Danish Care History Museum at Andersvænge)
Rosenkildeparken
(Formerly Andersvænge)
Rosenkildevej 59
DK-4200 Slagelse
The museum tells the story of people with learning difficulties and of developments in their care from 1800 to today. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Forsorgsmuseet
Grubbemøllevej 13
DK-5700 Svendborg
The museum is part of Svendborg Museum, and works to preserve, conduct research into and communicate the history of care in different institutions, e.g. children's homes, poorhouses, workhouses and homes for the elderly. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Kellersminde in Brejning
H.O. Wildenskovsvej 10
Brejning
The museum tells the story of people with learning difficulties in the past, present and future, with a particular focus on the Keller institutions. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Filadelfias Museum (Filadelfia Museum)
Kolonivej 1
DK-4293 Dianalund
The museum is housed in one of the Filadelfia colony's oldest buildings. Guided tours provide insight into some of the medical developments of the last century. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Medical Museion
Bredgade 92
DK-1260 København K
Medical Museion collates and preserves Danish medical heritage in the broadest sense. The material relates to the hospital service, the primary health sector, nursing, prevention, dental care, health research, the pharmaceutical industry, health education, health administration and the care of people with mental and physical disabilities. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Middelfart Museum, psychiatric collection
Historiens Hus
Algade 8
DK-5500 Middelfart
Middelfart Museum's psychiatric collection tells the overall story of the mental hospital in Middelfart from its opening in 1888 to its closure in 1999. This is the story of a high-tech, modern institution that became old-fashioned, outdated and run down. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Museet i Hammer Bakker (the museum in Hammer Bakker)
Store Mosevej 4
DK-9310 Vodskov
The museum tells the story of the large institution near Vodskov. The collection relates the institution's history from 1916, when it was founded, until 1980, when the county took over its operation from the state. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Museet på Jægerspris slot (the Museum at Jægerspris Palace)
Slotsgården 20
DK-3630 Jægerspris
The museum tells the story of the Countess Danner Foundation for "poor and abandoned girls" and how these children lived and resided in the children's homes that were part of the estate in the 1920s–1940s. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Museum Ovartaci
Skovagervej 2
DK-8240 Riskov
The museum collects, preserves and tells the story of effects related to the history of Danish psychiatry. It also uses its collections and archival materials for teaching purposes, to communicate the history of the hospital and of psychiatry and for research purposes. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Sct. Hans Hospitals Museum (St. Hans Hospital Museum)
Boserupsvej 2
DK-4000 Roskilde
St Hans Hospital Museum depicts the hospital's history and tells the story of how nursing and forms of treatment have developed over time, as well as how mentally ill people were incarcerated. The museum has a unique collection of objects that help to illustrate the hospital's history, e.g. equipment used in work with the patients. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Psykiatrisk Museum i Hviding (Psychiatric Museum in Hviding)
Ribevej 27
DK-6760 Ribe
The Psychiatric Museum in Hviding tells the story of the treatment of mentally ill people. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Psykiatrisk Museum Oringe (Psychiatric Museum Oringe)
Færgegårdsvej 15
DK-4760 Vordingborg
Psychiatric Museum Oringe documents the life of both patients and employees over 150 years. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Psykiatrisk Museum Nykøbing Sjælland (Psychiatric Museum Nykøbing Sjælland)
Annebergparken 36
DK-4500 Nykøbing Sjælland
The museum shows the environment in which, over the course of a century, patients lived, ate, slept, worked and in some cases, ended their days. It also provides insight into the lives of both staff and patients. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Psykiatrisk Sygehus Viborg (Psychiatric Hospital Viborg)
Søndersøparken 1
DK-8800 Viborg
The museum relates the hospital's history and documents the development of psychiatric treatment. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Ribelund Museum
Bøge Allé 6
DK-6760 Ribe
The museum tells the story of day-to-day life in the Ribelund institution. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Sundholm
Sundholmsvej 36
DK-2300 København S
A care home with a small accompanying museum collection that tells its own story. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Svenstrupgård
Lejrevej 10
DK-9230 Svenstrup
A care home still in use with a small museum collection that tells the story of the home. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Sødisbakke Museum
Sødisbakke
DK-9550 Mariager
The museum provides insight into the daily lives of employees and residents, from 1940 until today, of the former Mariager institution and the current residential and social centre at Sødisbakke. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Sølund Museum
Pavillion 1, loftet
DK-8660 Skanderborg
Sølund Museum tells the story of the central institution Sølund Village. Its unique collection provides insight into the everyday lives of both staff and the patients with learning difficulties and mental illnesses. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.

Døvehistorisk Samling (Historical Society of the Deaf)
Kastelsvej 60
DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø
The Historical Society of the Deaf aims to collect, record and publish material that illustrates the conditions, life and work of deaf people in Denmark. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Forsorgshjemmet Saxenhøj (Saxenhøj Care Home)
Nørrevang 24
DK-4990 Sakskøbing
A care home and county nursing and psychiatric institution, with an associated collection in the basement that tells its own story. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Frelsens Hærs Omsorgscenter (Salvation Army Care Centre)
Grundtvigsvej 17
DK-1864 Frederiksberg C.
A small exhibition in the loft tells the story of this care centre. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Møltrup Optagelseshjem (Møltrup Care Home)
Møltrupvej 70
DK-7480 Vildbjerg
A small accompanying collection tells the story of this care home. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Overmarksgården
Dyrehavevej 175
DK-6000 Kolding
A care centre still in use with a small basement museum. The museum gives an insight into the institution's history as well as the everyday lives of homeless people and the centre's staff. Contact staff to make arrangements.

Psykiatrisk Museumssamling Augustenborg (Psychiatric Museum Collection Augustenburg)
Storegade 2
DK-6440 Augustenborg
The museum depicts over 75 years of health history in Augustenburg. The collection focuses on the patients' day-to-day lives. Details of the opening hours are available on the website.