Perhaps the world's most unusual type of open-air museum is to be seen in Jutland, Denmark.
Perhaps the world's most unusual type of open-air museum is to be seen in Jutland, Denmark. It was started 50 years ago by dairy magnate, Hans Hjerl, with a farm-house dating back to 1530, and now displays various types of ancient Danish farms, dairies, bakers and windmills. On July 9, and for two weeks, the museum celebrates its 50th anniversary.
Highlight of the celebrations will be when amateur actors and actresses - dressed in the trappings of prehistoric man - will relive those ancient times. For two weeks they will sleep, eat and carry on the customs of hundreds of years ago. Our cameraman visited the museum, July 6, as rehearsals were going on. A crowd of people watched fascinated as the "pre-historic" people went on fishing trips, sharpened stones and made pottery in the ancient way. A highly amusing touch of authenticity was added as a stone-age man grasped "his woman" by her hair and dragged her off to his hut.
Mr. Hjerl, who died 19 years ago, built the museum from objects gathered from all over Denmark. The Danish Government decided to celebrate its jubilee by re-enacting ancient times as a tribute to the founder.