Exhibitions

Today, when you visit the castle, you can see permanent exhibitions in the Danehof (Parliament) Chamber, in the Armoury and in the King's Food Cupboard. In addition, there are sometimes special exhibitions at the castle, often in connection with commemorating the anniversary of an important year in the castle's history, or in the lives of kings who lived there or of the town itself. When you visit the castle, you will see furniture and paintings in the various rooms, but none of them are originally from the castle. There is nothing left from the time when Nyborg was one of Denmark's most important towns.

 

Furniture and other furnishings from manor houses and other museums

During the Swedish wars in the 1650's, Nyborg was actually under Swedish control. The castle, like the rest of the town and the whole country, was ravaged by the occupying forces, who left very little behind when they finally went home. Everything of value from the castle was sent to Sweden as the spoils of war, and furnishings were burned as fuel in the fireplaces.

Rumour has it that there was nothing whatsoever remaining in the castle, which actually could be true, since no inventory has ever been found that originated from Nyborg Castle.

When the castle was turned into a museum in the early 1900's, they had to start from scratch. It was impossible to find any furnishings from the castle's royal period. Instead, the rooms were furnished with pieces from Danish manor houses, purchased at auction. To give a glimpse of the grandeur of the kings' residence, the museum leaders also borrowed furnishings from other Danish museums.

 

Royal portraits and weapons from the Royal Arsenal Museum

Most of the paintings are from the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle. Several portraits of Danish kings can be seen at Nyborg Castle, painted in the 1600's, as well as two large genealogical charts from both King Christian II's family and from Hedvig, sister of King Christian IV. There are also four large paintings showing scenes from King Valdemar Victory's life, painted by Agnes Slott-Møller in the 1930's.

To illustrate the castle's more warlike history, many weapons and other military objects have been borrowed from the Royal Arsenal Museum in Copenhagen. "The Black Men", suits of armour from the 1500's, are always fascinating. Sables, halbards and heavy muskets decorate the walls at the castle.

In 2009, the first actual excavation in recent times was carried out. A great amount of potsherds, coins, tiles, etc. was found, which gives us a picture of the daily life of the castle, both in the royal period and in the garrison times. A selection of these things will be displayed at the castle.

 

 

 

 

News

The Queen Visits the Castle
28. May 2019

The Patron of Nyborg Castle – The Christiansborg of the Middle Ages, Her Majesty the Queen will visit Nyborg on Friday 31 May

Flight of Bullets
28. May 2019

A new method will reveal where bullets landed after hitting their targets. New knowledge about the Battle of Nyborg in the pipeline.

Engineering Saves the Great Hall
28. May 2019

The majestic beams in the Great Hall need to be preserved

The Dice Are Cast
28. May 2019

Found amongst kitchen waste

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