A new museum building in the heart of Denmark’s Jutland couldn’t help be anything but stylish.
The Moesgaard Museum or MOMU is a super smart building that appears to be emerging from under the ground into the crisp Danish daylight. It’s not too contrived to make a link between this semi-submerged building and the exhibits its houses. MOMU is home to an incredible collection of archeological artifacts, and much like the way they’ve been brought to the surface, so it appears the museum building has been too, popping out of a hillside in Højbjerg, a suburb of Aarhus.
Arriving at the museum it’s clear instantly that there will be a meeting of new technology and artifacts to bring the story of the prehistoric world to life. The evolution stairway stands at the entrance to the prehistory exhibitions and features incredibly lifelike models of human evolution – including ‘Lucy’ who walked the earth three million years ago, and the Danish Koelbjerg Woman who lived in the Stone Age. On the way down to the main exhibition you can gaze down on these through mounted viewfinders.
While it appears you’re viewing the exhibits, you’re actually looking at an incredible digital recreation of the models and before your eyes the stairway fades away and you see the figures transported back to their own habitat. It’s a visually stimulating experience and one which points to the way that MOMU tells stories and immerses you in the history.
The museum takes you through the Bronze and Iron ages and Viking era. The children loved being able to collect amulets and pendants, replicas of the time period and use them to interact with exhibits in order to hear the developing stories of the people of the times. Rather than just look at the exhibits in glass cases, you’re encouraged to look inside a building through a small window, or walk into a ‘wooded area’ and discover viking treasures.
We learned a great deal about the bronze age and its rituals thanks to visually arresting displays,
and tiny digital films surrounding exhibits which showed how even the smallest relic played its part in the lives of the people of that age.
A centre piece to the museum’s Iron Age exhibits is the display of the world famous Grauballe Man – the body of a man discovered in a bog thousands of years after he perished.
We loved the way the Museum made each of its exhibitions immersive and interactive – with plenty of opportunities for the children to touch, learn and ask questions about the history around them – and even steer a Viking ship on a raid.
Heading up to the top floor of Moesgaard we explored the equally fascinating yet slightly grizzly Day of Dead exhibition which examines how people around the world deal with death.
While not quite as engaging for the children, the exhibits are another fascinating insight into the history of the world’s cultures.
After an amazing morning spent at Moesgaard, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch in the museum’s restaurant where you can pick up sandwiches, cheese plates and Danish fish cakes for the little ones, complete with vegetable sticks and delicious sourdough bread. For dessert we tucked into what I like to call ‘chocolate bombes’ – available all over Denmark these chocolate covered marshmallows went down a treat before we headed out to explore the Museum’s natural roof, forming a giant grassy slope with incredible views across the local forests and out over the sea.
You can find out more about Moesgaard Museum at their website.
We were guests of Moesgaard Museum for the purposes of this review, but our views are our own.
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