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Nordic Journeys expands the museum’s classic immigration story to include a broader understanding of Nordic life and culture as it has evolved over the last twelve thousand years.



The National Nordic Museum boasts a permanent collection of over 80,000 objects, a number that grows thanks to the generosity of our donors. See new additions to the permanent collection of fine and decorative artworks, archival materials, and archaeological finds.   


Legacy: Social Justice in Contemporary Danish Photojournalism unveils three contemporary Danish photographers passionately exploring issues of social justice in a global context through their work.


Jacob Riis was a pioneering newspaper reporter and social reformer in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. His then-novel idea of using photographs to illustrate the of the city’s slums and plight of impoverished residents established Riis as forerunner of modern photojournalism. Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives features photographs by Riis and his contemporaries, as well as his handwritten journals and personal correspondence.


In this mini exhibition presented by The Danish Immigration Museum, thirteen unlucky individuals who were deported from Denmark in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are chronicled via material from the archives of the Copenhagen and Elsinore police. The Deported consists of thirteen portraits and accompanying texts, revealing stories both tragic and hilarious that form a story of Danish immigration laws of the time.


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