About Museum Kolding

Museum Kolding is a modern and highly topical museum with innovative and relevant offerings that convey the local history of the entire Kolding municipality. The museum consists of the three lighthouses.

In Christiansfeld, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you'll hear the story of the Brethren congregation who created their ideal city.

At the national gathering place Skamlingsbanken, you meet the forces of nature and speech.

At Staldgården on Slotsbanken in the centre of Kolding, next to Koldinghus, you can experience the dark story of Denmark's only preserved Gestapo cell.

There is something for everyone when Museum Kolding creates a link between cultural history, craftsmanship and design. With relevance at the heart of the museum's activities, we are a museum for someone rather than a museum for something.

museum's collection

Museum Kolding's collection consists of objects from the 1600s onwards. A large number of the objects are related to Kolding and the municipality of Kolding, and tell about people and companies from the town and the surrounding area.

In addition, the collection consists of:

  • A large number of Svend Hammershøi drawings and paintings
  • Glass, porcelain and earthenware from the 17th century onwards
  • A large number of paintings with portraits of royalty, the most famous of which is a contemporary portrait of Queen Dorothea, as well as persons from Kolding and genre motifs from many periods
  • The collection also includes a wide range of furniture from the 17th century onwards.
  • One of Denmark's best silver collections outside Copenhagen.

The Silver Collection

The cornerstone of Museum Kolding's collection is from silversmith Holger Kyster from Kolding, who worked for and with Thorvald Bindesbøll and Svend Hammershøi in the early 1900s. Both were leading designers of the time and their products were made in the Kolding workshop in Adelgade.

The collection also contains silver from the silversmith Hans Hansen, who began his business in Kolding in 1906, and from Karl Gustav Hansen, who continued his father's factory under the name Hans Hansen Sølvsmedie. The silver became known both locally, nationally and beyond the country's borders for its production from the 1940s until the 1980s.

The museum's silver collection consists not least of a large number of modern silver works by the country's leading silversmiths and has been continuously expanded with various new acquisitions until 2020.

Where can I see the museum's collection?

Large parts of the museum's collections are currently not accessible to the public, but can be viewed digitally to a certain extent on "Museum Collections", which is updated until the end of 2018, when the new national registration system took over. Unfortunately, the public part of this system is not yet available, but hopefully this will happen in the near future.

Get an overview of the Museum Collection

reference library

Museum Kolding has a large library, which mainly serves as a reference library for the museum staff. The museum library is open to the public. It is currently not possible to access the books at the museum, as they have been packed up in connection with the move of the library from Koldinghus to Staldgården.

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