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Ribe Viking Museum is housed in buildings centred upon Ribe’s old power station. Ribe Elektricitetsværk, which then occupied Dagmarsgade 21, was designed by Danish architect Axel Hansen and was in operation from 1926-1980.

The power station was renovated following designs by architect Niels Frithiof Truelsen, and the new Ribe Viking Museum –the museum for Viking-age and medieval Ribe was opened in 1995 as an exhibition space under the auspices of Den Antikvariske Samling i Ribe. At the time, the museum complemented the exhibition about the modern town that was housed in the complex at Quedens Gaard.

In addition to finally making the many fantastic medieval and Viking-age finds available to the public, the museum was also very modern in its approach and was thus one of the first museums in Denmark to present a digital, interactive exhibition, ‘Odin’s Eye’. This part of the museum was subsequently closed down as the technical solutions chosen did not survive further development.

Today, the museum is an exhibition space under the Museum of Southwest Jutland.

From the time before the power station was built. The extensive area between the river and station building is now a museum and garden. Photo: Museum of Southwest Jutland

Ribe Old Power Station from behind, where ‘Krüger’s Garden’ may still be seen.