The Museum's collections

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The museum´s collections are comprised of furniture and objects which belonged to the Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek, as well as members of the so-called Bakkehus-circle. The poet Adam Oehlenschläger was a central figure in this circle and in the Literary environment at the house, and several of his objects as well as several objects from the Rahbeks, which were in his possession after their death, are included in the current Collections. Bakkehuset´s collections also contain a large number of paper and cardboard boxes created by Kamma throughout her life, as well as a number of paintings and works on paper, depicting the house and its surroundings, and the people who came to the house in the period 1780 to 1830.

Read more about the Rahbek's and Bakkehuset.

The Bakkehus Collection

The museum's collections also include the so-called 'Bakkehus Collection', which is a large collection of manuscripts and letters of approximately 13000 documents. The collection contains letters from many different personalities from the 1700 and 1800s including Kamma and K.L. Rahbek. In the collection are letters and manuscripts from artists such as Adam Oehlenschläger, Hans Christian Andersen, Magdalene Thoresen, Johanne Luise Heiberg and Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann. Parts of the 'Bakkehus Collection' are accessable via a database, which curates the numerous letters, manuscripts and other documents. Work is ongoing to extend and disseminate the digital collection.


The Library

Bakkehuset's library is part of the permanent exhibition and can be seen in the room where N.F.S. Grundtvig lived in 1845. The library collection arose after the Museum was founded in 1925, and contains both older and more recent books on the house as well as Literature from the periods of the Golden Age, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The library contains, among other things, a fine collection from Knud Lyne Rahbek as well as a number of early editions of Johannes Ewald's works of fiction. The library´s books can be borrowed for use on the site. Please send an email to , if this is of interest. The library also includes several of K.L. Rahbeks journals, including a not quite complete collection of the most influential journals: Minerva and The Danish Spectator. An overview of the two publications' contents can be found here.

Read more about Golden Age literature.

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