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Historical exhibition

The birth of Gothenburg

Experience the 1600s from the bedside, parlour and alleyway and get to know the very first citizens of Gothenburg.

The Museum of Gothenburg is getting a head start on the 400th anniversary of the City of Gothenburg with an exhibition about the city’s birth and childhood. Join us on a journey through history and get to know the very first Gothenburgers, try out 1600s-style social media, listen to the popular music of the times and help to solve the mystery of who wore the Silver Heart ornament around their neck!

The Birth of Gothenburg is the story of the city’s childhood and teenage years. It was a time of childhood diseases, war and conflict, before the city grew up to become a multicultural trading metropolis with influences from around the world. The Birth of Gothenburg is also the story of the vulnerable individual, who are not always seen and heard in historical narratives.