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The Old Town, National Open Air Museum of Urban History and Culture

Viborgvej 2, Aarhus 8000, Denmark
+45 86 12 31 88
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Ranked #1 of 111 Attractions in Aarhus
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This open air museum includes buildings from the 17th to 20th centuries. They range from humble houses to the spectacular Mintmaster's Mansion. There are explanations in Danish and English and the staff we saw were helpful. We enjoyed the 1970's area, however, when we visited much of the site was still under construction so we could only look at parts... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We have been to open air museums like this in the past but the shear mass of it in one location definitely impresses. We spent a majority of a day here and found we ran out of energy before we ran out of things to see. The only downfall is the historic cobblestone streets. Though we loved them……. We are... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is an open-air museum consisting of old and not quite so old buildings from the 17th to the early 20th century that have been moved from other locations in Denmark, collected in one place, and restored. There are functioning and non-functioning workshops, featuring personnel dressed in period costumes, from the 17th century local parson to the clerks in early... More

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Sydney Australia
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27 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was set up very well. A good look at the old city houses and the furnishing within. Good for a couple of hours. Cobble stones a bit tough on your feet so make sure you wear well padded shoes. Park in the botanical gardens and walk down. DKK 110.

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Kuopio, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Nice place. Some of the facilities were under construction but there was still a lot of to see. A positive suprise to us.

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Uldum, Denmark
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A trip down memory lane. Just like oldfashion postcards, and if you are lucky it has snowed and then it's just like a fairytale.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

If you don't believe in the traveling in time - just fly to Aarhus (Denmark) and go to open air museum Den Gamle. It is not just clever idea of recreating how local inhabitants used to leave there...it is real state of art place with dozens of houses, taverns, little mills, etc...everything inside the houses (including almost alive mice and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This life size museum works very well in showing the architecture and living conditions of the previous time periods. Allow half a day at least if you want to take it all in. We walked from the cruise terminal shuttle bus drop off point, to the Aarhus Canal in the main town. Then followed the canal upstream to find this... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Take half a day to visit that comprehensive collection of reconstructed farmhouses and urban villas of Denmark and bring the children !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was my second visit here. I must say that I love it. The first time I visited the new 70's area had not been built and my children were young. We enjoyed it then but this time with the new additions and my older teenage children we loved it even more. So athuntic and just a nice place to... More

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