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Qaqortoq Museum

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Qaqortoq Museum (Greenlandic: Kalaallit Nunaanni Katersugaasiviit) is a museum located in one of the oldest buildings of the town of Qaqortoq, Greenland. It is located in the former blacksmith's shop dated to 1804, made from yellow stone—located right by the main fountain square, and exhibits old inuit boats, hunting equipment, national dresses and Norse artifacts. The building itself is deemed culturally significant and is protected.

The museum is a member of NUKAKA, the association of Greenlandic museums. Museum director Ole Jensen currently acts as association treasurer.


Permanent exhibits

The Dorset culture, the Thule culture, and the Norse culture all have their separate, permanent exhibits.

One of the features is the reconstructed "blue room" and "red room", where polar explorer Knud Rasmussen and the aviator Charles Lindberg have slept. Much of the Inuit culture can be seen around this area along with the old brewery and the old meeting hall.

Temporary exhibits

The museum also exhibits artworks and other expos. Recently Greenlandic artist Aka Høegh held an art exhibition, displaying the latest works. The art exhibition was opened by Qaqortoq mayor Simon Simonsen.

Current developments

In 2006 the museum started constructing an umiac, a traditional Greenlandic boat. The project was done in cooperation with Northern Coastal Experience.

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