Middelaldercentret, Guldborg

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Middelaldercentret (English: The Medieval Centre) is an experimental living history archaeological open-air museum in Denmark, which depicts the middle ages in the Denmark of the late 14th and early 15th centuries. It is located in Sundby Lolland, some 4 km northwest of the centre of Nykøbing Falster on the waterfront of Guldborgsund.

It features a town built as part of a typical Danish market town with craftsmen, a harbour with ships and boats, and a market place. The employees are dressed in period costumes and live and work in the houses and do everyday activities such as craftmanship, cooking and weapon training. Furthermore, the museum has a variety of siege weapons of the period, such as trebuchets, a ballista and a cannon and smaller weapons such as handguns, longbows and crossbows. All of the items are built on site using period tools. Activities include live firing of the weapons daily, archery, knightly tournaments, and demonstrations of crafts and tasks from the late 14th century and early 15th centuries.

The employees are both permanent staff and unemployed people sent in job training from the municipality. In addition, a support association exists, from which a large group of volunteers participates in the daily work. All the involved people "live in the medieval period", which means that they do not know of modern things like television, cellphones and so on. The former curator of the centre was the historian, writer and lecturer Kåre Johannessen. By 2016, the curator was Thit Birk Petersen.
Besides normal museum activities, the Middle Ages Centre does extensive research within the middle ages and different medieval technologies, and the museum has reconstructed weapons, ships, clothing and diving equipment among others. The museum has a reputation of being the most authentic place in Europe within the medieval period. Due to the authenticity the medieval town has been used as a setting for many movies, documentaries and TV-series.
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  • Yes, we did go and enjoyed it very much. We had nice wether and walked around had a look at the beautiful old houses and the workmen doing there thing the oldfashioned way. Very friendly people.  more »
  • The medieval center is actually a museum where they work with the same methods as the Middle Ages. It is not seen to begin with, but if you look for it you will discovered that everything is built...  more »
  • Impressive! You are really feeling like being part of it. Like a time machine! Kids and parents loved it. I've never seen this so intensely anywhere else in Europe.
  • A fairly nice experience. Went there with kids and Grandparents and everyone enjoyed the stay. There are activities including playgrounds to satisfy most needs.
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