Odense, Funen Village

Den Fynske Landsby
The Funen Village
Odense (Syddanmark region), DENMARK

Odense is the third largest city in Denmark and the main city of the island of Funen, about 144 km from Aarhus and 167 kilometres from Copenhagen. The city, once a famous sanctuary for worshippers of the Nordic god Odin (the name Odense comes from Odins Vé, meaning "Odin's sanctuary"), is now worldwide famous as the birthplace of the fairy tales author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), who was born in the city in 1805 and spent there his childhood years.

The Funen Village is a Danish open-air museum located in Odense and portraying the country life in a Danish village as it could have appeared in the time of Han Christian Andersen. It includes about 30 buildings dating from the 17th to the 19th century, which were moved to the museum from various villages and sites in the Funen island. There are also flower and herbs gardens, fenced enclosures, livestock and animals, a village pond and a village street - all surrounded by cultivated fields. The Funen Village was founded as a public works project in 1942, during the German occupation of Denmark, and opened on 1 April 1946.

The village consists of more than just farms and houses, as Living History in the Funen Village makes the past come really alive. The visitors can meet the master of the household and the farmhand in the field, watch the young girl helping the mistress in the kitchen, hear the sound of the blacksmith's hammer in the village street. Several other historical characters tell the story of how ordinary country-people lived in Funen in the 19th century and liven up the village atmosphere going about their daily chores in peasant costumes. All this to help create the correct historical location of the Funen village of bygone times.

Animals too were inevitable a part of life in the 19th century. So, in the Funen Village pigs, as well as cows, horses, sheep, goats, fowls, ducks and geese (all of the breeds typical in a Funen farm in the 19th century) are contributing to the atmosphere of the village life. Approximately 50 animals live in the Funen Village, roughly the same as the livestock of a medium sized farm in the mid-19th century. Most of the domestic animals in the Funen Village are of old breeds that are worthy of preservation, as the Funen Village takes part in preserving and communicating the history of the historic breeds of animals.

During the Summer there are many live-in activities and events involving both children and adults. The activities take place at various locations in the Village but are usually connected to the Skamby-Torup Farm, which is the "Activity Farm" of the Funen Village. Finally concerts and theatrical performances are often held on the open-air stage at the Funen Village. Family theatre is performed from mid-July to mid-August by the Hans Christian Andersen Festival Players, who perform one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales, providing edutainment for thousands of children and adults.

Info & Contact

The Funen Village / Den Fynske Landsby
Address: Sejerskovvej 20 - 5260 Odense S, Denmark
Tel.: +45 6551 4601
E-mail: museum@odense.dk
Web: http://museum.odense.dk/en/museums/funen-village
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DenFynskeLandsby

Odense City Museums
Address: Overgade 48 - 5000 Odense C, Denmark
Tel.: +45 65514601 | Fax: +45 65908600
E-mail: museum@odense.dk
Web: http://museum.odense.dk

Image: The Funen Village
Text sources: The Funen Village, Wikipedia, Odense City Museum


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