Gudhjem Museum is housed in the old station building from 1916, designed by architects Kay Fisker and Aage Rafn. The building was put up for sale in 1968 and bought by the Gudhjem Town and Memorial Association in collaboration with the painters Paul Høm and Axel Munch, who had to personally provide a guarantee for the purchase price.
The station building was converted into a museum where the works of Bornholm painters, ceramists and sculptors could be exhibited.
Unfortunately, the building was not very suitable as a museum, so they worked very hard to get funds for an extension, where exhibitions, concerts and also wanted to be able to hold lectures for the public. By the end of the 1980s, enough funds had finally been raised to build an extension. The new building was designed by architect Niels Frithiof Truelsen and inaugurated in 1991.
The new extension is of a modest size, but many different options are integrated, allowing the space to have many different functions. There are large skylight windows and extra large windows to the east, providing a nice and calm light in the building. In order to accommodate larger exhibitions, sliding walls have been used to provide more wall space for exhibitions. To connect the old building with the new one, a glass corridor has been built.
Although the museum now had plenty of space for exhibitions, there was still a space problem. The problem was that there was a lack of storage space. Over time, the museum has acquired a number of effects that are not permanently on display. Fortunately, a solution was found in 2001, when a warehouse built for the new exhibition space was inaugurated.
The museum has some permanent exhibitions, including works by painter and graphic artist Sigurd Vasegaard and a collection of sketches by Oluf Høst. In the main building of the museum, the station, there is a small local history room on the first floor.
Every winter, the museum’s rooms are filled with activities from the weaving team, where up to 30 weavers can be present. The finished products will be exhibited at Easter.
If you are interested in weaving, there are courses where you can sign up.
The people associated with the museum are from the board and work voluntarily.