The Old Town, Aarhus

Local nameDen Gamle By
LocationAarhus, Denmark

Den Gamle By, or The Old Town in English, is an open-air town museum located in the Aarhus Botanical Gardens, in central Aarhus, Denmark. In 1914, the museum opened as the world's first open-air museum of its kind, concentrating on town culture rather than village culture, and to this day it remains one of just a few top rated Danish museums outside Copenhagen, serving more than 400,000 visitors pr. year. Today the museum consists of 75 historical buildings collected from 20 townships in all parts of the country. The town itself is the main attraction but most buildings are open for visitors; rooms are either decorated in the original historical style or organized into larger exhibits of which there are 5 regular with varying themes.

The museum buildings are organized into a small town of chiefly half-timbered structures originally erected between 1550 and the late 19th century in various parts of the country and later moved to Aarhus during the 20th century.

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Opening hours

The museum is usually open from 10 am to 5 pm, however the opening hours vary seasonally, so please check the official website for the exact information.


The admission varies seasonally. The approximate prices are:
Adults: DKK 110 - 135
Students: DKK 55 - 70

More information and contact


Official Website


Phone +45 86 12 31 88

Address Viborgvej 2, 8000 Aarhus, Denmark

Coordinates 56°9'32.295" N 10°11'30.288" E

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