Scan Magazine, Issue 97, February 2017

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Scan Magazine  |  Activity of the Month  |  Denmark

Teeming with life, diversity and natural wonders, the Natural History Museum in Aarhus opens up for a world of experiences.

Activity of the Month, Denmark

Explore the past, present and future of our world With a collection of millions of artefacts and a team of 35 experts within different fields, the Natural History Museum in Aarhus is the second-largest museum of its kind in Denmark. As part of Aarhus 2017, the museum is bringing its extensive collection and knowledge base to life and inviting guests to explore the past, present and future of an ever-changing world of natural wonders.

Skaarup says and rounds off: “What we offer is a break from the sphere of hectic commercialised life; a place where families can meet, take each other’s hand and explore the wonders of the natural world.”

By Signe Hansen  |  Photos: Natural History Museum Aarhus

The Natural History Museum in Aarhus, the European Capital of Culture 2017, is much more than dusty old bones and dry statistics. A visit to the museum, which is located in the city’s large University Park, is an opportunity to explore our place in the past, present, and future of our world. Museum director Bo Skaarup explains: “We feel that there’s a great need for someone to help people face some of the big questions of our time. Soon there will be seven billion people on the planet, and a lot of things are being turned upside down. That creates a lot of questions in regards to how we, as humans, see our role in the world and in relation to all the beings we share it with. But we also want 106  |  Issue 97  |  February 2017

to show that the world is still as great and magnificent a place as it was when this museum opened.” The Natural History Museum, which opened in 1941, today has around 80,000 visitors every year. With a number of special exhibitions, Skaarup hopes that 2017 will encourage even more visitors to take advantage of the museum’s exceptional offers. “We’re seeing 2017 as an opportunity to move into the next league. We would like to establish a new and more extensive universe of natural science experiences on par with Aarhus’s famous cultural attractions, which are an essential part of the city and its image,”

Special exhibitions in 2017: Habitat: Aarhus: An outdoor photo exhibition in Aarhus’s urban spaces presenting images taken by local Aarhusians of their local environment. Running throughout 2017. Back to the Ice Age 2 – Giants of the Ice Age: A new exhibition displaying naturally sized moving and roaring reproductions of the giants of the Ice Age. Opens 12 May, 2017. Both exhibitions are supported by Nordea-fonden.

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