The Workers Museum
Experience the daily life of Copenhagen workers. See how the development of the welfare state influenced living conditions. Trace the history of the Danish labour movement. And take part in activities for both children and adults. The Workers Museum offers a varied and stimulating trip through the past 150 years of Danish history seen from the perspective of ordinary people.
A working class family through three generations
The exhibition at the museum gives insight into family and work life, social networks and leisure activities in the Danish working class. Visit the Sørensen family’s apartment, an authentic home where a Copenhagen family lived, slept, ate, and grew for three generations. The mood in the exhibition, the creaking floorboards, original furniture and personal items provides vivid and realistic insight into the housing conditions experienced by the Sørensen family and other working class families in Copenhagen in the early 1900s. You also get the opportunity to move through 150 years of industrial work. Here you can reflect upon the development in factory work with the Carlsberg brewery as an example. And you can follow the the continuing struggles between workers and factory owners about working conditions.
When great-grandmother was a young girl
With its many facets of Danish workers’ lives, The Workers Museum offers experiences for both children and adults. Here is the chance to see how great-grandmother really lived and take a nostalgic trip back to a time with wood-fired stoves – before the refrigerator and cappuccino machine were invented. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee substitute and traditional biscuit cake.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions, temporary exhibitions put present-day issues of democracy, social justice and globalisation up for debate. The temporary exhibitions draw on the Workers Museum’s large collection of works of art related to the labour movement.
The workers’ first assembly hall
The museum building in Rømersgade was built in 1879 as the Workers’ Assembly Building – the first house built by the Danish labour movement. It was a social and political meeting place where parties and meetings could be held. The the beautiful Banquet Hall has been carefully restored and offers a unique view of the aesthetics of the early labour movement. In the attic above the Banquet Hall, the history of the building and the early labour movement is presented through sounds and images.
Café & Øl-Halle “1892”
Get a taste of history in the museum’s Café & Øl-Halle “1892”, Copenhagen’s only heritage listed cellar restaurant. The restaurant serves a variety of old-fashioned food in unique surroundings.