The main concentration of the collections is on country and town
life from about 1750 until the present time, with the richest
representation from 1850 - 1950. Geographically, the country and
the town are about equally represented, but due to the location of
the museum, the immediate vicinity (the market town) is weighted
more strongly than outlying towns and villages.
Kerteminde Museum, (its former name), was run by a volunteer
association for the first 50 years, with the only employee being a
caretaker / ticket seller. The museum founders were mostly
concerned with preserving objects from the fast-changing way of
life in agricultural and market town society. Therefore, the older
collections cover mostly traditional areas like crafts and trades
including their inventory of tools, etc., housekeeping, handicrafts
of various types, though often lacking full descriptions. All in
all, the collections consist of 8000 numbers of registered items,
though sometimes one number covers several objects. The collections
• Town associations, focusing mostly on the guilds and a
collection of their special boxes for by-laws, fines and so
• Memorial information and artifacts from the poet Frederik
Paludan Müller, born in Kerteminde in 1809. See also the memorial
bust and plaque at Langegade 2, his birthplace.
• 31 different crafts and trades are included in the collection,
with seven chosen to be displayed as permanent workshops.
• Apothecary collection