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This program is divided into two parts, first with dialogue-based communication in the exhibition «1900s. Objects for modern life »followed by a practical part in the museum's workshop, where students design and make a chair in miniature format.

The museum's new permanent exhibition «1900s. Objects for modern life »shows handicrafts, art industry and industrial design from the end of the 19th century until our own time. These are objects that have brought new form into the homes of the modern people of the 20th century. 

Does time have a form? We will look at how the things we have surrounded ourselves with over the last hundred years have changed form and use as society's forms of production and ways of life have changed.

This exhibition builds on folk art and church art's Objects for life », Nøstetangenrommet and« Glimmer og gavn »- exhibitions that can now be experienced on the 2nd floor of the museum building. The last part of this object history begins in the time when objects went from being things that were ordered and used and followed families to a time when objects became goods, designed for mass production and traded in a general and anonymous market. We will look at some of the main features of this industrial revolution and look at the consequences it had for social conditions in Norwegian society, business development and not least what this does to the production of goods and the shape of the objects.

Here are objects from, among others, the Art & Crafts period and the Wiener Werkstätte over to Functionalism, Scandinavian Design and postmodernism and all the way to our own time with the Drammen-based glass artist Kari Ulleberg and Norway Says. With this exhibition we also give the 20th century a face. The exhibition will show that Drammen as a port city has never been provincial, but has always been a link between the villages inland and at the same time internationally oriented with strong connections to Europe and the world.

In the exhibition, we focus on how the chair has changed form throughout the 20th century. In the workshop, the students will make a sketch for a chair they want to make, preferably inspired by the chairs we have looked at together. We provide lots of different materials and let the students work independently to make a miniature chair from their sketch.

High school, vg3

Municipalities: Drammen

Contact person

Maria Ianke: 49 85 75 46



Practical information

  • For whom: Secondary schools can make an appointment. Get in touch with the contact person.
  • Duration: 1h 30 min
  • Method: Dialogue, group work, practical assignment.

-The museum educator meets the class, outside the Museum building-

The knowledge pledge:

We will look at these objectives from the subject history:

  • reflect about how technological upheavals from the industrial revolution to today have changed people's lives and shaped expectations for the future
  • explain welfare development in Norway in the 20th century and discuss consequences for people's lives
  • consider how man has related to nature, managed and used resources and use historical perspectives in conversation about sustainable solutions

Suggestions for finishing work

  1. The students present their chair to the other students in the class.
  2. Who is the target audience for your chair?
  3. What type of chair have you made?
  4. What period / style have you been inspired by?
  5. What materials have you used?
  6. You can create a Facebook group where the students post pictures of the chair they have made and present the chair there. Inside, the other students can comment on each other's chairs.
  7. You can create a timeline with pictures of chairs from different periods / styles. Then the students can place their chair where they think it fits and justify why.
  8. Students can write about a functional building in Drammen.

- Roadmap is prepared in collaboration with Jørn Ellingsen at Drammen upper secondary school and passed on to all history teachers at the stage.-

The museum visit is divided between the dates 22 Jan. - 6 February, apart from Fridays. Max 3 mediations in one day.