The museum’s collections are comprised of furniture and objects that belonged to 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 of the house. Several of his belongings as well as several objects belonging to the Rahbeks, which were in Oehlenschläger’s 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 visited Rahbek's home in the period 1780 to 1830.
The Bakkehus Collection
The museum's collections also include the so-called "Bakkehussamling" (english: "The Bakkehus Collection"), which is a large collection of manuscripts and letters of approximately 13.000 documents. The collection includes letters from many different personalities from 18th and 19th century including Kamma and K.L. Rahbek. In the collection are letters and manuscripts from authors and artists such as Adam Oehlenschläger, Hans Christian Andersen, Magdalene Thoresen, Johanne Luise Heiberg and Elisabeth Jerichau Baumann. Parts of “The Bakkehus Collection" are accessible in the online database www.bakkehussamlingen.dk.
Letter with drawings by painter Harald Jerichau
Bakkehuset's library is part of the permanent exhibition and is located in the room where the Danish author N.F.S. Grundtvig lived in 1845. The library collection was developed after the museum was founded in 1925, and contains both older and more recent books on the house as well as literature from the Golden Age, the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The library consists of three subcollections: 1) Early editions of fiction by Johannes Ewald; 2) the Rahbek collection, consisting of Knud Lyne Rahbek’s own books, and; 3) the Bakkehus collection consisting of both newer and older books by the authors of the Bakkehus Circle as well as literature on the Golden Age and the Enlightenment. The library’s books can be borrowed for use on site. Please send an email to , if this is of interest. The library also includes several of K.L. Rahbek’s periodicals including a not quite complete collection of the most influential periodicals "Minerva" and "The Danish Spectator".
Read more about Golden Age literature.