The Old TownCurrently Open
- Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark, 8000
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +45-86123188
- Ticket Price: 135 DKK
- Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Family And Kids, Old Town, Specialty Museum, Social, Arts, Museums, Landmarks
The Old Town - Review
The world’s first open air museum (since 1914) has another distinction: it’s one of the only ones to recreate a town rather than a village. About 25 antique buildings, a number of pretty period gardens, and staff dressed in historically accurate wardrobe bring to life the illusion of a historical town – and it’s really a charming illusion. The atmosphere and immersion is unbeatable.
You abso-posi-mustly check out the Coin Master's Mansion fromCopenhagen (c. 1683), the Mayor's House from Aarhus (c. 1597), a merchant's house also from Århus(c. 1723) and the Aalborg Estate from Aalborg (c. 1570 and 1807) – and yes, in case you were wondering – all these buildings were disassembled from their original locations and brought here to be reassembled. Must see exhibits include The Danish Clock Museum, the Toy Museum, a silverware exhibit, a pottery exhibit and the Textile Museum – though there are several others in other buildings that you can walk in and out of.
The five enchanting gardens are the Pharmacy Garden, a baroque style garden that grows historical medicinal plants; the Commercial Greenery Bernstoff, which grows flowers and spices; Ms. Wahlstrøm's Garden, the reconstruction of a private 1920s garden; the The Residential Garden, an 19th century upper class kitchen garden; and The Renaissance Garden, which is part of the mayor’s house.
Also check out the bookstore, post office, bakery, blacksmith, customs office, school and theatre.
The Old Town Information
- Entry is free under eighteen years.
- Students get further discounted prices.
- Opening and closing times may vary by upto an hour depending on the month. Check website.
- a.k.a National Open Air Museum of Urban history and Culture.
The Old Town Ticket Prices
- 60 DKK in some months.
How To reach The Old Town by Public Transport
- Buses on Viborgvej
Restaurants Near The Old Town
- Vesterbro Pizzaria
- Marco Polo
- Indian Curry House
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Things to Know Before Visiting The Old Town
95% of people who visit Aarhus include The Old Town in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
41.94% of people start their The Old Town visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
People usually take around 4 Hrs to see The Old Town
63.44% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Old Town
The Old Town Trips
The Old Town, Aarhus Reviews
An open air live museum. An old town in the middle of Aarhus. A great way to learn and teach kids about how people lived in other times, from the 1700s to the 1970s. Kids loved to play with old games, see the inside of old houses, professions, etc. Inside, you can buy food and drinks. Prices are about the same you would pay anywhere in Aarhus. Highly recommended.
Educational and entertaining at the same time especially when you are accompanied by your curious kids. Take the whole day to visit this place. It is better to go there as soon as they open so that you can cover all the places. The restaurant inside serves good quality Danish cuisine. Wonderful experience, indeed!
Great to be able to experience Denmark through the ages. Fantastic staff dressed the part in period costume and knowledgeable. Houses and businesses from 1500's to 1950's full of history and nostalgia. Horse and cart rides can be experienced along with self-propelled river crossings and old fashioned games can be played. Fascinating for all the family, highly recommended.
Quite incredible. The older (1874) buildings are full of contemporary machinery and tools (printing presses, blacksmith tools, etc) with some interesting museums (eg a watch museum above the clockmaker) and actors; the 1934 buildings include half a dozen vehicles in immaculate condition; 1974 is more hands on-open drawers and fridges (and even vehicles) to see what's inside (the level of detail is incredible) and roam around a fully stocked TV, book, food shop, etc. There's also a local history and a poster museum. Tremendous fun, very engaging, and a place where you can spend hours.
Very nice place. In a summer day this is a must see place if you are in town. Much are to be learned from this place about how it all used to be. It got an amazing ambiance, good food, and a very nice staff. Even people dressed up like people used to back then. With the never addition of the 70-80s area, there's much more time to be spend here. And a very interesting underground area about the city from the time of vikings and forward.