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Den Gamle By, Aarhus

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Take a step back in time with a visit to Den Gamle By. Opened in 1914, this outdoor tourist attraction explores various aspects of Danish town culture, featuring a complex of 75 historic buildings. As you stroll through this recreation of a small town, look in on the bakery, pharmacy, merchant's house, and school. Be sure to visit the 70's themed quarters and the toy museum, noted for displaying more than 6,000 playthings produced during the 19th and 20th centuries. Across the museum grounds, you can also find several diners and cafes that also house small exhibits showcasing the working methods of ordinary Danish townspeople. Plan your visit to Den Gamle By and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Aarhus trip planner.
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  • Beautiful memories from my childhood years 1971-1980. People with beautiful souls in modest houses! What times!  more »
  • Enjoyed walking through this old town.Each building is different and was used for different purposes.I particularly liked the water mill and the little pond. Allow 3hrs.  more »
  • I am writing this somewhat retrospectively, but the memories are still strong. I enjoyed my visit here, although it was in late winter. The 1970s + section was 'different'. I confess to having...  more »
  • Spectacular! Definitely worth a visit. Interesting and creative museum. We expected a short visit but there was so much to explore that we ended up spending around 4 hours there. We rushed through as we had other places to visit but easily could have stayed another hour or two. We ate in the grill and I had the largest pork chop I have ever seen! Very tasty food. We found the entrance fee to be very reasonable and I would recommend this museum.
  • Always a pleasure! Lots of old original buildings collected from all over Denmark. Live actors in some of the buildings that doing everyday things from that time and are happy to tell you about life at that time. There is also a poster museum and a big underground complex with more classic museum exhibitions. I definitely recommend.
  • This open air museum is a unique and interesting look at past Denmark from the mid 1800s to the 1970s. It was amazing to be taken to a past era that I remember by walking up the stairs and into the doctors office, or the electronics store. A visit here makes for a wonderful afternoon, highly recommended and suitable all ages.
  • Lovely little museum, really family focused feel. Would highly recommend. So many corners and areas to explore a lot of exciting bits to see. We loved the toy museum and their silent films.
  • The best attraction in Aarhus. Not only do you see the old houses, there are several small museums and exhibits. Easy to spend 4 hours and still not see it all.

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