About Gammel Estrup – The Manor Museum
Gammel Estrup – The Manor Museum is Denmark’s leading manor house and estate museum. The museum was founded in 1930, and its activities include the preservation and development of Gammel Estrup Manor as well as research and presentation of the history of Danish manors in general. The museum undertakes research all aspects of manors, including architecture and landscape, culture and history, agriculture and economy – both in a national and an international perspective.
It is the museum’s aim to undertake research on a high professional level and Gammel Estrup therefore houses the Danish Research Centre for Manorial Studies, which is a national and international focus for manorial research. The centre has produced a large number of PhD students in recent years and numerous publications, as well as being the main driving force in the international network ENCOUNTER (European Network for Country House and Estate Research).
A living museum
The museum has an ambition to create diverse and relevant communication initiatives, with the time and capacity to enable a personal face-to-face approach to visitors. There is an extensive permanent exhibition, depicting life upstairs and downstairs through four centuries. Several special theme days are arranged each year, together with special exhibitions, concerts and lectures, and personal communication and activities for children in all school holidays and in the period before Christmas.
Gammel Estrup – The Manor Museum receives almost 100,000 visitors annually, making it one of the 20 most-visited cultural-historical museums in Denmark. A status that obliges and inspires the museum to continue researching and telling the story of Gammel Estrup and the Danish manors in the future.