Why didn’t all kids have their own bedroom in the past? Did they have any toys to play with? Did their teacher beat them up? And what did they do when they wanted to have fun?

Journeying back in Time
At the Children’s Workers Museum, our youngest visitors can experience and play their way into the lives of working-class children from the time when their great-grandmother was a child.

Children are allowed to play with everything.
They can try working as errand boys in the grocery store, sorting bottles at the brewery, or stamping membership fees at the labor union office. They can also dress up in a sailor’s suit, dance at the dance school, play in a 1930s flat, or visit the pawnbroker and see if they can get a few pennies for an old coat. Both children and adults can hear the story of the working-class boy Thorvald, who ended up becoming Denmark’s longest-serving Prime Minister.

The backyard
They can also experience backyard life as it was once, complete with barrels, rats, and latrines in the newly added extension, the backyard of the Children’s Workers’ Museum.

A museum for children

Through play and by using their senses, children will experience what it was like to be a working-class child when their great-grandmother was a child – and they are allowed to play with everything. The exhibition is particularly suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years. Admission is free for children. Book your tickets in advance »

Step into an authentic Copenhagen backyard and feel the past

Not too long ago, the Children’s Labour Museum expanded with a new and larger courtyard. Here, you can experience a genuine courtyard as it appeared for working-class children in the 1930s. Full of rules, unsanitary facilities, and grumpy adults. But also with room for play and creative imagination, away from duties and scolding.

Look forward to taking a journey through the small worker’s apartment, down the narrow back stairs to catch a glimpse of the scarce daylight and see laundry hanging on lines, while you explore the courtyard. But beware of the rats and watch out for Aksel on the outhouse!

Read more about the Childrens’ backyard here »

The creation of the backyard is supported by the A.P. Moller Foundation