Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Danish Agricultural Museum and Gammel Estrup Castle

A few weekends ago we paid our second visit to the Dansk Lanbrugsmuseum.  Last year we visited in June when the trees were in bloom and the gardens were getting into full growing swing.  We went earlier this year because my mother-in-law was visiting from France and we knew she'd enjoy the museum, animals, sprawling grounds, and castle.  Personally, I enjoyed the burgeoning sights of spring, even if it wasn't quite as colorful as our last visit.

The museum's grounds also include a working blacksmith shop, hundreds of acres of manicured gardens, farm animals, and Gammel Estrup, a castle dating back to the 1300s.

The museum was full of fascinating things, but I was especially taken with the textiles (some of which were for sale in the gift shop) and food-related items, such as the old dairy, and retro food packaging.

Gammel Estrup--the castle--is gigantic and filled with a multitude of artifacts.  There's a great display of women's dresses and gowns highlighting fashion from the 1920s, 30s, and more.  But again, my favorite part of the castle was food-related:  the massive kitchen. Because the castle today is used for civil wedding ceremonies and other private functions, it remains a working kitchen.

If you are reading this and you live in Denmark, this museum is a must-do.  Especially if you have children in your life.  Moreover, it's one of the most impressive museums I've ever seen, and I'm not a big agricultural person, either.

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