History and responsibilities

Denmark's Industrial Museum opened in 1977 in Horsens.
In the 1970s, a group of citizens, companies and organisations established the Workers’, Tradesmen's and Industry Museum.
The museum took over the old industrial town’s former power station near the industrial district and the harbour.
The museum, which is a self-governing institution, was approved as a special museum in 1984.
Over the years, the museum has expanded greatly, as Horsens Municipality in year 2000 handed over the former gasworks area of 20,000 sq.m. to the Industrial Museum.
Here, the museum engages in production, living conditions and financial development since 1850.
The dissemination takes place in more than 4,000 sq.m. of exhibitions, ranging from workers’ homes to school, sports, fashion, retail, money history, crafts, and the history of industry. All exhibitions are run as live environments, often manned by the many volunteers of the museum.

Further to the museum service, there are a series of leases, where other trades can create synergies with the museum, for example a gallery, a conservator, etc.

The Industrial Museum participates in the local community on many fronts. There is a dynamic volunteer environment, where knowledge about different professions is passed on to the guests.
In cooperation with Horsens Municipality, the museum has since 1996 performed a great amount of social work, and the museum is today a business centre.

In these historical frames, Denmark’s Industrial Museum also has a living meeting and conference environment, where trade interacts with culture resulting in added value.

Museum network
Denmark's Industrial Museum follows ICOM’s international guidelines.
The museum is a member of ODM, The Association of Danish Museums.
The Industrial Museum is a member of MMU, Midtjyske Museers Udviklingsråd (Mid-Jutland Museums’ Development Council).
The museum is a member of Foreningen af specialmuseer i Danmark (the Association of Special Museums in Denmark).
The museum is a member of The Centre for Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Vejle.

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