Brumleby Museum opened in 2016 in a working-class area in central Copenhagen. Brumleby Museum houses an exhibition in three storeys in the oldest co-operative association of Copenhagen, Østerbros Husholdningsforening from 1868. The museum is managed by a board of 8 people consisting of local residents and museum professionals. A local group of volunteers runs the museum on a daily basis and initiates educational programmes for visitors as well as cooperative innovation in a contemporary context.
On display are the original interior spaces – a store, a library, an office, as well as a salesman’s flat and an assistant’s room. The basement offers changing exhibitions and activities.
After a cholera epidemic in 1853 had raged through the working-class districts of Copenhagen, the connection between poor housing conditions and illness became evident. Thus the Danish Medical Association built model lodgings outside the embankments of Copenhagen on Østerfælled: Brumleby. Here, systematic sanitation measures resulted in a building layout with ample space and fresh air, plenty of light, as well as clean drinking water.
One of the founders of Brumleby, Emil Hornemann worked as a physician in the community. He fought against the, in his opinion, causes of poverty and illness: intemperance, uncleanliness, and immorality. Brumleby provided the setting for a healthy life.
The museum opened on november 16th 2016 and is open to the public every Sunday and for guided tours and educational purposes by appointment. The museum shop is situated in the old store and offers a selection of goods inspired by the original sortiment.
The annual Copenhagen Culture Night in october attracted more than 150 people, singing and dining!
How we promote cooperatives’ values and culture
The museum tells the story of the first cooperative association in Copenhagen (the second oldest in Denmark) and its founders. The original building is a cultural heritage site and is one of the finest industrial sites of international interest.
Norwegian, Swedish, English, German
Car (good road connection)
Airport in the proximity
recreation and entertainment facilities