Jacob Lerche monogram
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Slotsgade 10, 5800 Nyborg

THE MAYOR'S YARD

A merchant’s house rich in history

The beautiful old Renaissance complex is home to Nyborg’s Museum of Cultural History. Here, in this unique setting we feature exhibitions about life in the Nyborg and Denmark of old.

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Open today 10.00 - 16.00

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Adults 50 DKK | Children Free

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Slotsgade 10, 5800 Nyborg

The Mayor's Yard

THIS IS WHERE THE MAYOR LIVED

The Mayor’s Yard is a gem of cultural history, its façade facing the unique cultural heritage environment that surrounds Nyborg Castle. The building was built in 1601 by the town’s mayor, Mads Lerche, a merchant.

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    The history of the building goes back to the 1570’s, but its present appearance dates from the merchant compound, that Mads Lerche, a merchant and the mayor of the town, had built in 1601.

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    See the Nyborg Castle Costume Guild’s beautiful historical costumes. Maybe even put one on for a great photo.

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    Join the merchant’s children, Jacob and Johanne on a fascinating tour of the Mayor’s Yard. Explore the museum with them. There are lots of items to see, touch or play with, as you learn about life in the Renaissance.

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    The shop in the Mayor’s Yard offers an abundance of great gift ideas, jewellery, historic beers, new books and a great selection of history-related items for children and adults. Enjoy a cup of coffee in our small café or in the charming courtyard.

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    In the yellow kitchen, they regularly fire up the wood-burning oven. Then they cook old recipes, baked waffles or pancakes, or brew coffee in the old-fashioned way. When the kitchen is busy, samples are always available for any visitors who are curious to try the food.

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    If you are lucky, the small smithy in the Mayor’s Yard will be blazing away. Then you can see how iron is forged for the likes of tools or horseshoes.

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    This type of iceboat was used on the Great Belt in the early 20th century. The iceboat is the property of the museum, and a group of volunteers are currently restoring it.

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    The Johanne, a yawl, was built in 1910 at Nyborg Bådebyggeri as a racing and tour boat. She is moored in Nyborg Harbour.

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Festivals at the Mayor’s Yard

The Mayor’s Yard  plays an active role in a wide range of events and activities in Nyborg. The Mayor’s Yard is particularly busy at the time of the Danehof in July and for Christmas in the Ancient Royal Town in December. On those occasions there is an abundance of activity and special experiences in the old merchant’s house.

 

See Nyborg Castle

From the Mayor’s Yard there is a perfect view of the 800-year-old Nyborg Castle. Currently undergoing restoration the castle is closed to the public. But we highly recommend a walk around the islet of Slotsholmen to view the magnificent edifice, which has provided the setting for many important events in the history of Denmark.

A living museum

At the Mayor’s Yard we are indebted to the large number of volunteers who help bring the ancient environment to life, thereby making the museum fascinating and accessible to visitors. You will encounter our volunteers in the smithy, in the kitchen, in the sewing room, on city walks and on selected guided tours. The volunteers help to bring history and cultural heritage to life. For that, both we and our visitors are eternally grateful.