On May 1. 1977 The Industrial Museum was opened as a self-governing institution.
The Industrial Museum was placed in the former powerplant of Horsens.
In 1984 the Industrial Museum attained formal state recognition, thereby becoming part of the established Danish museum service.
In 1994 the museum was expanded with the addition of another stairway of workers’ homes.
In 1999 the Industrial Museum was expanded significantly when the museum took ownership of the former Horsens gasworks which were located right next to the powerplant.
In 2005 the museum established a joint research centre for research in Business History in cooperation with the University of Southern Denmark.
Since 2019 the Industrial Museum has worked in accordance with a new master plan, which further emphasises industrial history as the focal point of the museums work effort and stresses the point that industry continues to be of critical importance for Denmark in the present day.