Other sights in Silkeborg
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Silkeborg Museum is housed in the oldest building in Silkeborg (dating back to 1767). Speaking of old, inside the museum you can check out the amazingly well-preserved body of the Tollund Man, the central (albeit leathery) star in an otherwise predictable collection. Like the Grauballe Man at the Moesgård Museum outside Århus, the life (and death) of the Tollund Man remains a mystery. His intact remains were found around the outskirts of Silkeborg in 1950, and have been carbon dated to around 220 BC. The autopsy suggests he had been hanged, yet he was placed as though lying asleep with only a leather hat over his face and a thin leather noose around his neck. Was he an…
If you like modern art or, more specifically, modern art by world-renowned Dane (and Silkeborg native) Asger Jorn, you’ll love Silkeborg Kunstmusem. Jorn’s abstract works provide the backbone to the museum’s paintings and sculptures, though the collection also features works by other modern artists, including Max Ernst, Le Corbusier and Danish artists from the influential CoBrA group. The museum is 1km south of the town centre.
Situated 2km south of the town centre is Aqua, an entertaining aquarium and exhibition centre built into several outdoor lakes. It explores the ecosystems of the surrounding area, with lots of touch tanks and fishy creatures, otters and fishing birds among the imaginative displays. It’s a little pricey, but it’s good on a rainy day. Closing times vary from 4pm to 6pm.