Post & Tele Museum – Denmark’s national museum of post and telecommunications

The Post and Tele Museum in Copenhagen is a nice place to visit after doing your (window) shopping along Strøget, the city’s major shopping district/street.  It is located on Strøget, and has a cafe on its rooftop. Housing the country’s largest stamp collection and the most important special subject library, it has gotten high reviews on TripAdvisor and has been included in the list of must-see attractions in the city.

Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum

I love snailmailing! I have a collection of around a thousand postcards from all over the world, and several letters from old penpals. When I moved to Denmark, however, I had to slow down and eventually take a break due to the very expensive postage rates. It was very interesting for me to visit the Post and Tele Museum, not to mention that it went “free entrance” at the time my sister and I went there. The museum features exhibitions of the history of the country’s post and telecommunications.

It all began with Postmaster Jens Wilken Mørch’s collection which he surrendered in 1907 to the postal authorities. They placed the collection in the Post Yard, but it wasn’t open for the public to see. In 1912, it occupied three rooms of the Central Post Office Building, and in 1913, the collection was officially opened to the public. It had encountered a few challenges, like closing down, but it was reopened in 1926 and had changed its name to the Danish Post and Telegraph Museum in 1931. More challenges followed, particularly during the World Wars, but in the end, the museum survived. At present, the museum is closed and getting ready for transfer to a new address in the city. So exciting! For now, here are some of the things they have in the museum:

Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
A viking ship
A viking ship
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
An old telecommunications post
An old telecommunications wood post
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
An old telephone booth
An old telephone booth
Buttons, buttons, buttons
Buttons, buttons, buttons
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
Post & Tele Museum
With Mr. Postman
With Mr. Postman

Looking at all these photos makes me think that, hey, I did live in Denmark! And hey, I did enjoy it. 🙂 More museums to visit!

Modern art installation in the atrium lobby of the museum
Modern art installation in the atrium lobby of the museum

 

 

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