Permanent exhibitions

Opening hours

June 27 - August 7
Tues. and Thurs., Sat. and Sunday at 10.00 - 16.00
Man., Us. and Fri .: closed

Industry at Slagelse Museum

Industrialization gained momentum in England in the early 1800s and then came to Denmark. It became very important for Slagelse. Here, many larger companies and factories created important jobs that produced goods for both national and international markets.

The industrial exhibition contains stories about local industries - for example Alliance, Langes Tobaksfabrik, Poulsen Kaffe, Slagelse Bryghus, Sølvvarefabrikken, Danica, Malaco. The first industries produced machines for the production and processing of agricultural products, food and beverages. Soon other types came along, and everyone helped to make their mark on the city and to put Slagelse on the map.

You will also gain insight into the beginnings of trade unions and their significance for the organization of working life.

Håndværkergaden - visiting the 1800th century

Step into the cozy Håndværkergade and travel 200 years back in time. The crooked street with nearby thatched half-timbered houses, leads you to the town square with shopping stalls. Here you get a good impression of the market town life in the first half of the 1800th century. In the houses you can see various workshops that present traditional crafts, e.g. carpenter, bookbinder, painter, hatmaker, coppersmith.

In Håndværkergaden you can also follow in Hans Christian Andersen's young footsteps and see a Latin school, like the one he went to when he lived in Slagelse.
The Latin school and the associated home are scenery that originates from DR's TV series "Young Andersen" from 2005.

Meet the first service subjects

On the museum's 1st floor, you get an insight into Slagelse's business development with many thriving service subjects and shops with food. In the 1950s, more and more retail stores came selling products or services. For example, the watchmaker's workshop, a butcher shop with hanging trees, a fully equipped hairdressing salon - and Viola's beautiful hat shop Salon Wien. You can also see the many small workshops from a time when purchased goods were repaired and adapted to new needs. 

You will also have the opportunity to admire the museum's impressive collection of local bird shooting boards. Together, the bulletin boards tell more than 100 years of cultural history. The boards were made by the bird king of the year, and the motif reflects the winner's social status, profession and worldview.

Slagelse Persistent Bird Shooting Society was founded in 1819 and was reserved for the city's affluent bourgeoisie. In 1892, the Bird Shooting Society for Slagelse and the surrounding area was founded, and here there were fewer requirements for the members. The two companies merged in 1937, but soon thereafter the activities ceased.

The Green Urban Space - an inviting outdoor space for activities and bonfires

Come inside the Green Urban Space at Slagelse Museum. Here is open to everyone - also outside the museum's opening hours. In the urban space there is the opportunity to take a break, light a fire and see historic plants. If you want to use the campfire hut, you can buy firewood at Slagelse Museum.

The museum's voluntary garden club has i.a. landscaped raised beds with old pharmacy herbs. The first pharmacy in Slagelse was established in 1673. After a short time, the pharmacy was moved to Bredegade 8, where it remained until 1977.

For more information about Det Grønne Byrum, contact Museum Inspector Helle Ålsbøl, haa@vestmuseum.dk or tel. 6122 2520.

The chalk pipes from Slotsgade

In a single display case on the museum's 1st floor you will find our fine collection of chalk pipes. The pipes were found in a single box during an excavation at Slotsgade in 1983.

Back in the 1750s, grocer Didrik Lundager dug a small box down in front of his grocery yard in Slotsgade. However, he never managed to get it dug up again when the grocery store burned down in 1761. The small box was therefore hidden in the ground for almost 250 years, until a hot summer day in 1983, when a local master mason accidentally dug it up. The ravages of time, and ultimately the backhoe, had broken down the box beyond recognition, but the pipes of burnt pottery had been preserved.