All our guided tours begin with an introduction to the museum before continuing with one of the following themes. If you have specific wishes to your tour or would like a combination of more themes, we are happy to plan a special tour for you.
1. A journey in ancient history
Join us on a journey to meet the people of ancient history, listen to their stories and learn more about the world they lived in. Enter the burial mound of the Bronze Age and walk onto the bog of the Iron Age. Learn more about the Grauballeman, the human sacrifice found in the bog, or the weapons from Illeup Ådal. Listen to the exciting stories and watch the items that are linked to them. The tour ends with an introduction to local Viking history.
2. The lives of the dead
What part do the dead play in the lives of the living? Listen to the relations between the forefathers and the living in different cultures around the world. You will be surprised by the similarities as well as the differences between the cultures. Learn about the re-burials of Uganda or visit Mexico for the Day of the Dead, where once a year the dead return to visit the living. Hear the story about how Christmas, thunderclouds and the forefathers are connected in the Yolngu people of northern Australia and find out how the Danes relate to heirlooms. What do they keep and why?
3. Modern architecture
Take a look at the architecture of Moesgaard Museum and hear about materials, decorations etc. Look at the exhibitions and learn more about the people of the Bronze Age, the bogs of the Iron Age and the lives of the dead as well as the thoughts and ideas behind these exhibitions.
4. The first immigrants
Enter the Stone Age along with the first immigrant who came to the enormous tundra after the final Ice Age 14,000 years ago. Walk through a landscape which changes completely and meet the hunters in the forest by the coast. Listen to the stories of the spirited forest and learn how to hunt yourself. Meet the first farmers who came to country from the south carrying precious seeds and a whole new world view. The Stone Age exhibition contains the stories of how Denmark was populated through more than 10,000 years.
5. The People of the Sun
Hear the stories of the people of the Bronze Age, e.g. the story of how the southern Scandinavia and the rest of Europe made contact. Experience the erupting volcano on Santorini, learn more about the trade with antique Greece and the Egypt of the Pharaohs and find out how merchandise from the Nordic countries ended up in the Mediterranean and vice versa. Visit the burial mound of Borum Eshøj and gaze at the stars, which the people of the Bronze Age used to navigate by.
6. The bog of the Iron Age
Learn more about the importance of the bog to the people of the Iron Age. We will tell you about peat harvesting, fishing, religion and warfare, as we journey through the bog of the Iron Age. This was where the people sacrificed clay pots with food, tools and other everyday items. The bog was also the place of human sacrifice and the tour visits the Grauballeman, the World’s best preserved bog body, to hear his moving story. One of the biggest discoveries from the Iron Age is the weapons sacrifice at Illerup Ådal – and we will talk about warfare and the lives of the people of the Age.
7. Aros of the Viking Age
In the Viking Age, Aarhus was called Aros. Join us on a journey inside and beyond the city walls of Aros and visit York, Ingleheim and Byzantine, the super power of the Viking Age. Meet the Vikings who were warriors and pirates, farmers and merchants – all in one. Hear stories about Nordic mythology and the beginning of Christianity in the Stave Church to learn about the importance of faith to the men and women of the Viking Age.
8. The Viking Museum
Visit the Viking Museum on Bispetorv in the center of Aarhus and descend down to the original Aros. Three meters below the street, you will discover the stories about the Vikings of Aros and the lives they lived. Hear about Harald ‘Bluetooth’s’ fortifications, and about the skeleton that was discovered on the very floor of the museum. Learn more about the ramparts of the city and the people who lived there.
Combine the tour with a city walk in downtown Aarhus to hear about the introduction to Christianity. The city walk ends in Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady).