The Facebook group 'UIC group for cultural events' aims to facilitate networking and connect internationals who are interested in attending cultural events such as exhibitions, shows and concerts in Aarhus. If you discover an event you'd like to attend, but don't have anyone to go with, just post it into the group and hopefully someone will join you!
Aarhus University has a number of exciting museums on its grounds, exhibiting everything from the solar system, to the cultural heritage of the Mediterranean, from explosive greenery to the gladiators.
Connected to the Steno Museum are the Greenhouses ('Væksthusene') which are located in the Botanical Garden. The Greenhouses reopened in 2014 after an extensive renovation, and everyone can enter the new facilities free of charge.
Moesgaard is a prehistoric and ethnographic museum of international calibre. A unique collection of anatomically precise reconstructions of human species greets visitors on the staircase in the museum foyer. The reconstructions can be experienced up close or through interactive binoculars in their indigenous settings. Homo Sapiens and the other lifelike human species were reconstructed from archaeological finds of bones from around the world that were scientifically researched.
It is a lovely bike ride of around 45 minutes through the forest from the main Aarhus University campus, and is open every day of the week except on Mondays and entry is 130kr for adults (children enter for free).
Aarhus University also features the fascinating collections at the Museum of Ancient Art. These exhibitions consist of more than 500 plaster casts and 4000 original objects from the Mediterranean region, from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman Imperial Age. Moreover, the museum oftentimes also has temporary exhibitions with various interesting themes, and all exhibitions can be entered for free.
At the Natural History Museum, which is the second largest of its kind in Denmark, a world of animals can be encountered. Besides the collections, the museum also offers events aimed at both children and adults, including various holiday activites and Adults Only-evenings.
Another interesting place to explore is the Ole Rømer Observatory south of the city. During the darker months of the year, it is possible to book a free tour of the observatory and take a look at the stars and planets through large telescopes.
The Steno Museum ('Steno Museet') is part of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University. It gives a fascinating introduction to the development of science and medicine and visitors can learn about X-ray, penicillin, transistors, radio waves and much more. In addition to the exhibitions, the Steno Museum also includes both a planetarium and a medicinal herb garden for adults and children to explore.
As well as the many museums connected to Aarhus University, there are a number of other cultural experiences to be discovered in the area in and around Aarhus. Below are some of our favourites, but you can also check out our affiliated organisations for more ideas of how to use your free time in Aarhus.
Den Gamle By ("The Old Town") in the centre of Aarhus is a living museum and functions just like a small Danish town in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries - and it even includes a new part exhibiting the 1970s. Throughout the year the museum has many different activities for the entire family and special events are often organised during school holidays. The entrance fees vary according to season, but it might be worth considering to become a member as the costs are covered quickly - even if you only visit a few times a year.
The Women's Museum ('Kvindemuseet') aims to tell the story of women in Denmark, as well as shine a light on the issue of gender, and how it affects the way we live, work, speak and behave. What started as a grassroots project in 1984, has grown to a nationwide collection with state funding. Here you can learn about women's fashion throughout the 20th century, watch short films about the female body, political participation and family life, or take the children along to learn about girls' and boys' lives throughout the past 150 years. The museum is open everyday except for Monday, entry is 50kr for adults (40kr for students) and you can also eat lunch in the organic café (they also welcome you to work in the café should you get tired of the office).