The new Moesgaard Museum

The brand new museum on prehistory and etnography in Aarhus

Saturday 12 September 9.30-13.00 and 14.00-17.00
Fee: DKK 350 (EUR 48) including bus, entrance & guided tour
Meeting point: Dokk1 Information Desk at 9.30 and 14.00
Participants min. 25 max. 50


The combination of science with new ways of displaying the artefacts and the use of technology is characteristic for the exhibitions of the new museum. At the new Moesgaard Museum you will literally come face-to-face with the ancestors of the human race on the staircase in the museum foyer.

Among the impressive finds and artefacts from around the world, you find some of the best preserved people from the Bronze Age and meet the world’s best preserved bog body, Grauballe Man. In addition, the exhibitions showcase amazing weapons pieces from the Iron Age as well as provide the opportunity to venture on a journey with the Vikings from Aros – the former name of the city of Aarhus.

The ethnographic exhibition, The Lives of the Dead, allows the visitors to experience the many different ways people around the world remember their deceased relatives – whether it be through Danish heirlooms, reburials in Uganda, the Day of the Dead in Mexico, or by celebrating Christmas with the deceased among the Aboriginals in Australia.

The staircase leading to the ethnographic exhibitions displays precise reconstructions of three contemporary people: An Australian aborigine, Stephen Hawking, the internationally acclaimed British physicist, and a Siberian female shaman - each offering their very diverse estimates of where we as humans come from and where we are going.

In addition to the elaborate exhibitions, visitors to Moesgaard Museum will be able to enjoy the beautiful building and the view from the grass covered roof or visit the gift shop and the museum café. You can also enjoy the superb golden age landscape around the new museum, the old manor and take a walk in the park or to the beautiful Moesgård Beach.

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Comment by Next Library on October 8, 2015 at 13:32

Participants said:

What was the best and most interesting experience during the site visit?

  • The building was an amazing piece of architecture
  • The audience
  • Seeing the well presented pre-history artefact and how the museum tries to present them and the information in different ways to make it relevant and appealing to visitors. For example through use of different types of media and interactive elements.
  • The exhibition and getting to see the building
  • Viking exhibition


Did you find inspiration for innovation of your library or community work?

  • We are planning a new converged library and museum to do some of the creative exhibition spaces, and therefore Moesgaard was interesting.
  • Exhibition technology
  • Yes. To see how we can also make better use of innovative media and interactive elements to make our collection more interesting to the users, or highlight specific sections of our resources.
  • The way the space was used. Useful for library design.
  • Using the staircase for showing chronology of evolution of men or sculptures in general.


Take-away advises – for the sites you visited or for the organizations of Site visits

  • Shame the visit wasn’t longer.
  • Enjoyed seeing how the AV brought the specialists to the visitors with interviews from experts on screens.
  • Would be better to have a guided tour. At least for one of the exhibitions.
  • I feel that the experiences would have been enriched with a guided tour of the museum.
  • Better lightning of exhibitions

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