An Insiders selection!
Drammens Museum has been a museum since 1908, and we like to say that we have approx. 50,000 items in our collection. In the collection we have "ones" within their genre, such as trophies from Nøstetangen, silver objects from famous silversmiths in Drammen, rose-painted objects by Herbrand Sata, textiles woven by Frida Hansen and paintings by JC Dahl.
But most of the collection consists of items used and given by ordinary people, and that means that we have items in all categories: jewelry, chests, clothes, pictures, tools and weapons just to name a few. In 2018, the collection and exhibition coordinator at the museum, Nancy K. Nyrud, has taken up the challenge by creating an exhibition based on her knowledge of the collections through 25 years of work at the museum. There will be a personal selection where she will focus on exhibiting beautiful objects, quirky and special things and personal belongings used by workers or nice ladies. There will be missing trees made by devoted men to their chosen ones, textiles embroidered in candles, jewelry of gold, silver and hair (!), Special planers made to the carpenter's needs, spouts, travel boxes etc. The exhibition rooms in the Lychee Pavilion will be filled with objects most often found in the magazines. This will be a great opportunity to see objects that are otherwise not very prominent!
The exhibition opens in February 2018.
The museum's magazine MUSEET is now on its way out to the mailboxes in Drammen.
Drammens Museum has received an important grant for listed buildings from Viken County Municipality on behalf of the National Heritage Board in 2021. In addition, the museum has received a significant award from the UNI Foundation.
In the spring of 2020, we got a collaboration with Jasmin Women's Network, Women's Resource Center who wanted a meaningful activity once a week. The idea of a separate herb bed that they could plan and care for together was a strong wish from the women and we managed to get it in place in June 2020.
The barn from Straumen in Norway has been completely restored with several extensive and necessary improvements. Traditional craftsmen Audun Eken, Eivind Vinger and Thomas Løken have restored the log building which is now secured for the future.