Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek's famous living room
"Bakkehuset'" (which means The Hill-house) is a museum of literature, art and culture of the Danish Golden Age spanning from around 1800 to 1850. The permanent exhibition centres on the literary socialites Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek, who owned and inhabited the house from 1802 until 1830. Their home became a hub for some of the prominent authors and literary figures of the Danish Golden Age. Bakkehuset's famous living room was filled with discussions of art, literature, philosophy and science. Famous Danish authors such as H.C. Andersen and Adam Oehlenschläger as well as scientists like the physicist H.C. Ørsted visited the house. This is why Bakkehuset, as a meeting place for influential people, had a durable impact on Danish Literature and Cultural History.
Among the exhibits on display are the couple’s furniture as well as Kamma Rahbek’s beautiful boxes which she created with her guests sitting around her living room table. In addition, the permanent exhibition includes a library with periodicals and books by authors from the Danish Golden Age. Together with the surrounding romantic garden, the house provides a unique and authentic insight into 19th century lifestyle and culture.
Knud Lyne Rahbek's office
Painted portrait of Sophie Ørsted (sister to the poet Adam Oehlesnchläger). Portrait bust of the dancer and muse Ida Brun (made by sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen)
Kamma and Knud Lyne Rahbek's living room
Portrait gallery in the garden room
One of Kamma Rahbek's boxes with miniature painting in the lid