Jugendstil Senteret

Top choice in Ålesund

The city's unique architectural heritage is documented in a former pharmacy, the first listed Jugendstil monument in Ålesund. Apart from the building's own exquisite and almost entirely original interior, including a sinuous staircase and florid dining room, displays include textiles, ceramics, furniture, posters and other ephemera. Even if you're not a keen aesthete, a 'Time Machine' capsule is great fun, presenting 'From Ashes to Art Nouveau', a 14-minute multimedia story of the rebuilding of Ålesund after the great fire.

The museum shop is inside the pharmacy and still has most of its furniture and fixtures in situ – it's a delight.

Ticket price also covers entry to KUBE, next door.

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