VEJLEMUSEERNE (The Vejle Museums)

VEJLEMUSEERNE (The Vejle Museums)

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VejleMuseerne is Vejle’s big museum organisation, composed of many small and large places of exhibition.

Therefore, VejleMuseerne offer something for everyone: exhibitions, lectures, family activities, children’s events, courses and much more. VejleMuseerne cover the history of art with graphics, paintings and sculptures as well as cultural history in which recent history as well as antiquity form part of VejleMuseerne’s responsibility.

Here you can experience one of Denmark’s most digitalised cultural heritage exhibitions, one of the best preserved bog bodies in the country and an impressive collection of European prints from the 1400s to the 1800s, including several by Rembrandt, and a great sculpture park by Robert Jacobsen and his student Jean Clareboudt. You can also visit Vejle’s landmark, the old windmill, as well as impressive finds from antiquity, such as the Egtved Girl’s Grave from the Bronze Age and the Viking Bridge across Ravning Meadows.

You can look forward to visiting all of the following places of exhibitions when you visit VejleMuseerne:

Administration
Spinderigade 11E
7100 Vejle
EAN nr. 5798006362332
CVR nr. 29189900

KULTURMUSEET SPINDERIHALLERNE – The Museum of Cultural History

This is Vejle’s new cultural history museum telling five fantastic stories from Vejle’s past. The museum is constructed around new technology and exhibits and the stories behind them are presented via sound, images and giant touch screens, where the visitors control what they want to learn more about and how much they want to read.

Here you can meet the bog body from Haraldskær, who initially was thought to be a murdered Viking Queen and nicknamed Queen Gunhild. You can also step into Renaissance prosperity and trade which transformed into strife and poverty, and you can experience the Iron Age through stories and a giant digital interactive modern “type case” full of original objects.

The Culture Museum Spinderihallerne also has a children’s section, where the lives of children 100 years ago can be experienced through jumping, climbing, listening to stories and playing.

All information on screens, audio etc. in the museum is in Danish and English.

The museum is located 5-10 minutes’ walk from the pedestrian area.

OPENING TIMES
Tuesday-Sunday 10-17
Closed on Mondays except bank holidays
The Museum is closed on 24, 25, 26, 31 December and 1 January

Address:
Spinderigade 11
7100 Vejle 

VEJLE KUNSTMUSEUM – The Museum of Art

The museum of art mainly contains collections of Danish art from the early 1900s onwards, i.e. from classical modernism and pre-COBRA until today. However, the main collection is Eckardt’s Collection of approx. 2,000 drawings and prints, which Vejle Art Museum received in 1899, and which is the reason for the museum’s existence today. The collection includes works by art history masters, including engravings by Albrecht Dürer and about 50 etchings by Rembrandt. The collection of paintings and sculptures holds approx. 1,500 works.

The art museum is located in the city centre.

OPENING TIMES
1 November-31 March: Tuesday-Sunday 11-16
1 April- 31 October: Tuesday-Sunday 11-17
Closed on Mondays except bank holidays
The Museum is closed on 24, 25, 26 og 31 December and 1 January

Address:
Flegborg 16-18
7100 Vejle 

VINGSTED JERNALDERLANDSBY – The Iron Age Village in Vingsted

The Iron Age village in Vingsted is one of Denmark’s largest reconstructed Iron Age villages where houses, fields, forge, place of sacrifice and livestock comprise a complete Iron Age settlement. The Iron Age village is beautifully situated between meadows, cultivated fields, lake and woodlands.

In the Iron Age village you can participate in activities based on what life was like for Iron Age people, for example agricultural work, wood work, worship of pagan gods like rituals celebrating the winter solstice, preparation of Iron Age food and more.

The Iron Age Village is located approx. 20 km west of Vejle.

OPENING TIMES
The Iron Age Village is always open to walkers and admission is free, but the houses in the Iron Age village are only open when activities are taking place.

Address:
Skyttevej 12
7182 Bredsten
Follow the signs to “Jernaldermiljøet” from the main road through Vingsted.

RANDBØLDALMUSEET – The Local Museum at Randbøldal

Randbøldal Museum is located on the site of one of Denmark’s first factories, Engelsholm Paper Mill, which was founded in 1732. Initially, paper was produced here but later textiles. The whole basis for production was the water power in the form of Vejle River, which at this point runs through a narrow glacial valley.

The museum contains exhibits on energy and the site’s history, and on the ground floor you will find paper and weaving workshops. The museum shop is filled with woven goods and stationery, crafts, and other gift items and you can buy drinks and ice creams.

In the outdoor water experiments you can get a feel for what is the basis for the entire adventure in Randbøldal - water power. Here children and adults can attempt  to conquer the weight of water and raise it using the simplicity of historical techniques such as Archimedes’s screw, draw well, tilt well, treadmill and an entire lock system.

The museum is located approx. 20 km west of Vejle.
 

OPENING TIMES

15 March- 31 May: Weekends and bank holidays 10-16
1 Jun-31 August: Tuesday-Sunday 10-16
1 September-31 October: Weekends 10-16
Closed on Mondays except bank holidays
The Museum is closed on 24, 25, 26, 31 December and 1 January

Address:
Dalekildevej 1
7183 Randbøl 

EGTVEDPIGENS GRAV - The Bronze Age Girl from Egtved

Thursday February 24, 1921, farmer Peter Platz from Egtved outside Vejle was removing the last remnants of a burial mound in his field, when he came across a sturdy hewn oak trunk, a so-called log coffin.

Inside, archaeologists found the body of a 160 cm tall young girl whose semi-long hair almost hid her face and a small bronze earring. She lay on her back and the skin was preserved, but no bones were left. She was wearing a blouse of brown wool, a skirt of woollen chords and on each wrist a bronze ring. Under the blouse a large bronze belt plate could just be seen. The girl died at approx. 16-18 years old. A dendrochronological analysis has since shown that the oak log for the coffin was felled in the year 1370 BC, which is during the Bronze Age.

Storhøjen, the mound the coffin lay in, would have been around 4 metres high and 22 metres in diameter. It is now rebuilt on its original site. A small exhibition next to it recounts the discovery, and here you can also see a copy of both the clothes and the oak coffin.

A folder in English is available.

All the original Egtved finds are on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen.

The exhibition is located approx. 25 km west of Vejle.

OPENING TIMES
Easter- 31 October: Every day 9-20. Closed during the winter months.

Address:
Egtved Holt 12
6040 Egtved

ROBERT JACOBSEN – JEAN CLAREBOUDT LANDSKABSSKULPTUR – Sculpture Park

French artist Jean Clareboudt met Danish artist Robert Jacobsen in 1962 and became a sort of unofficial student of the great sculptor, although he himself was already a widely known Land Art artist worldwide. When Robert Jacobsen was later consulted regarding an embellishment of the gravel pit in Tørskind, now a sculpture park, it was natural for him to point to Clareboudt, who was given overall responsibility for the planning of Tørskind gravel pit. Clareboudt executed five of the nine sculptures, while Robert Jacobsen made four.

The sculptures are made of natural materials such as stone and wood, where some of it is 400-year-old oak, while others are made using modern glulam technology. Some sculptures are also made of concrete and iron.

The Landscape sculptures are impressive, and the sculpture park is located in a beautiful location backing Vejle River Valley’s mighty landscape and views of the hills.

The sculpture park is located approx. 25 km west of Vejle.

OPENING TIMES
Every day, day and night
Not suitable for wheelchair users

Address:
Tørskind Grusgrav
Tørskindvej 98A
6040 Egtved 

VINDMØLLEN – The Windmill

The Windmill is Vejle’s foremost landmark and as it is situated on a hill in the southern part of Vejle, the beautiful old mill can be seen from nearly everywhere in town. From the Windmill the impressive views take in the town of Vejle, Grejsdalen, Vejle Fjord and Vejle River valley.

Since 2011 the Windmill has undergone a thorough renovation. It reopened in 2014. Accessibility for the disabled is bad and, unfortunately, almost impossible for wheelchair users.

The Windmill is located near the centre of Vejle, not far from the Monks’ Brick Kiln.

OPENING TIMES
Easter-mid-October: Tuesday-Sunday 11-16. Closed during the winter months.
Closed on Mondays except bank holidays

Address:
Søndermarksvej 1
7100 Vejle 

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RAVNINGBROEN – The Viking Bridge

The Ravning Bridge was built by the Vikings during the reign of King Harald Bluetooth in the year 980. It measured 760 metres and crossed Vejle river valley at the widest point. The length was not exceeded, until the first bridge across Little Belt was opened in 1935, nearly a thousand years later. Building the Ravning Bridge required enormous resources, both oak and effort, with its foundation consisting of 1,800 posts of up to six metres in length and with a cross-section of 30 x 30 cm.

The majority of the original Viking oak posts still exist. These are up to 6 feet long and still stand below ground level. Some oak posts were dug out and preserved, as can be seen in the exhibition in the old station building on the site. Right next to where Ravningbroen stood, a reconstruction of part of the bridge gives a good idea of the dimensions of the impressive edifice.

The exhibition is in Danish only.

The Viking Bridge is located approx. 25 km west of Vejle.

OPENING TIMES
The bridge reconstruction is always open.
These are the opening times for the exhibition next to it:
Easter-31 August: Every day 9-20
1 September- 31 October: Every day 9-17
1 November-Easter: Every day 14-17

Address:
Ravningvej 25
Ravning
7182 Bredsten 

BINDEBALLE STATION – Bindeballe Old Local Train Station

Bindeballe was a stop on the old disused railway, which today serves as a hiking and cycling trail. The station building dates from 1897 and is now a museum, where the ticket office and waiting room are reconstructed with many original items. On the tracks are two old railway carriages; a Danish Railroad railcar from 1928 and a passenger car.

The track area now serves as a primitive campsite with access to a toilet and a simple kitchen and living room in the station building. The pitch may only be used for ordinary tents, and you can stay for 1-2 days. One night costs DKK 40 per person (children DKK 25). Please contact Bindeballe Købmandsgård (shop and museum) before pitching a tent. Bindeballe Købmandsgård, Bindeballevej 100, 7183 Randbøl, tel. 75 88 33 83.

You can also shop at Bindeballe Købmandsgård, which today serves as a museum grocery store. Bindeballe Købmandsgård is located just opposite Bindeballe Station.

The Bindeballe Station is located approx. 30 km west of Vejle.

OPENING TIMES
Easter -31 August: Every day 9-20
1 September- 31 October: Every day 9-17
1 November- Easter: Weekends 14-17

Adress:
Bindeballevej 101
Bindeballe
7183 Randbøl 

MUNKENES TEGLOVN - The Monks’ Brick Kiln

MUNKENES TEGLOVN - The Monks’ Brick Kiln

Around 1310 the Black Friars Monastery in Vejle was founded.

The monastery’s first building was made of wood, but in 1355 there were plans to build a monastery church of bricks. Perhaps the brick kiln, which earned the nickname The Monks’ Brick Kiln, was built at the time. In 1923 the brick kiln was discovered and excavated by the National Museum. Citizens in Vejle then collected enough money to build a protective building over the ruins. This building was restored in 1983.

The exhibition is located in the centre of Vejle, not far from the Windmill.

OPENING TIMES
Easter-November, day and night. Closed during the winter months

Address:
Jagtvej 1
7100 Vejle