Samsø Museum, Samsø´s History

Samsø Museumsgård turns 100 years

During a period when epoch-making events like World War 1, The Russian Revolution and the sale of the Danish West Indian Islands to the USA left their stamp on the world, important events took place on Samsø. It´s very own museum was built.

Abreast of History
More than 100 years ago, visionaries from Samsø had already noticed some interest from outside the island, in how people on Samsø had lived and arranged their lives in the “old days.” Therefore a decision was made that building a museum to document the frames of the islanders’ existence should be implemented.

However, for many years, financial means were insufficient, but the museum’s collection and the building came into reality through Shrovetide fun and games, events, bazaars and 117 men and women each donating DKK 200 to the project: on November 9th, 1917, Samsø Museumsgård was opened with a huge celebration.

Farm of Well-to-do People
Samsø Museumsgård is constructed as a copy of an old farm from Nordby. It is a farm that bears witness to substantial wealth. Apart from agriculture and livestock farming, they also carried on business by sailing vessel trade.

The farm is furnished with a typical interior from about 1850 and pictures a rather wealthy setting characterised of tin-glazed earthenware and textiles. In the farm parlour, there are examples of typical accessories to Samsø dresses in the 17- 1800’s. In the original barn wing there is now an Ancient Times exhibition.

Throughout the summer, Museumsgården and the garden will frame the many different activities, such as a “live museum” where visitors can study people weaving, spinning, lace making etc., fiddler’s music and ballad singing. Keep an eye on the special 100-year events and activities on the Samsø Museum homepage,

By Majken Fosgerau Salomonsen, Samsø Museum

Last updated: 12/08/2020 15:31