Old Town, Aarhus

Old Town, Aarhus - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

Phone: +45-86123188

Ticket Price: 135 DKK

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Time Required: 04:00 Hrs

Timings: 24-hrs Details

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About Old Town, Aarhus

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.

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.

Old Town Ticket Prices

  • 60 DKK in some months.

How To reach Old Town by Public Transport

  • Buses on Viborgvej

Restaurants Near Old Town

  • Vesterbro Pizzaria
  • Marco Polo
  • Indian Curry House


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  • Always love visiting here. The new interactive features of the modern history section are amazing and make the experience fun for people of all ages. The bakery in the old section never fails to serve a wonderful selection of traditional sweets and the Christmas market is a great place to pick up gifts and decorations.

  • Loved this place. It was quiet and otherworldly at first but got very busy. Some of the staff were not welcoming or friendly...the needed a kick up the ass to remind them that jobs can be given and taken. The bakery cafe was fabulous. You go order your tea/coffee and pastries first, pay and they are brought to your table. Lots of photos opportunities!! Lots of plants, flowers and nice places to enjoy the wild flowers.

  • Beautiful place, perfect in Christmas time! We spent a Saturday afternoon in there and the atmosphere was both cosy and informative. It is very nice to have a view of the way of living in the old days and also the most recent ones.

  • This is an amazing museum and well worth a visit. We spent just over three hours and only managed to see two thirds of it - there is so much to see. Being a child of the 1970s, it was absolutely fantastic to walk through my childhood and the 1970s section. Bring good, sensible shoes as you will mostly be walking on cobbles. Parking in the area can be difficult so you may want to use nearby Q-Park multi-storey or use public transport.

  • Very nice place with atmosphere of the past centuries and last decades. There are not only displays and expositions that give an idea how people lived, but real people who are in engaged in all sorts of activities from knitting to cooking. While we were there, the ladies offered us cup of coffee with pancakes, were very friendlly, and described how life looked like in the past.

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