On the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark, surrounded by woods, the new Moesgaard Museum (MOMU), designed by the world famous Danish architects, Henning Larsen Architects (HLA), offers a new perspective on the role of the museum as a public space.
The past is brought to fascinating life at the new Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus.
Moesgård is an eighteenth-century manorial complex in open countryside a few kilometres south of Aarhus, the main city of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. Expect the past to become alive and the people in the exhibits to step forward giving visitors with a better understanding of the past and how we arrived at where we are in the present.
Since the 1950s, this has been the home of Aarhus University’s departments devoted to the human past, and also home to Moesgård Museum, an independent body that has always been closely integrated with teaching and research.
Moesgaard Museum, which has been awarded two Michelin stars in the Michelin tourist attraction’s guide, appeals to visitors of all ages whilst also creating a sense of bonding, fellowship and shared experience across generations. On Tuesday 14 March, Moesgaard Museum was selected as Jury Award winner in the Museum category of the annual Architizer A+ Awards.
Extensive fundraising has enabled long-laid plans for a revitalized museum to be realized. After a period of closure, Moesgaard Museum reopened its doors to the public in October 2014, situated in an exciting new building with a new acronym—MOMU—and even a new spelling (the citizens of Aa/Århus have argued politely for years about their city’s name, and the same dilemma extends to Moesgård/gaard).
The evolutionary stairway at Moesgaard Museum is not only a key element of the architecture, which leads to the various exhibitions of the museum, it is also very much an opportunity for you to see where we human beings originate from.
The new museum has been constructed in what were previously green fields, 200m or so from the manor house complex that housed its predecessor.
Northern Europe now has a dazzling new museum of prehistory and ethnography, combining its responsibilities as the regional archaeological repository with an original public face for its wider collections, presented in one of the most strikingly designed new-builds of recent decades. We recommend you to pay it a visit.
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