Gothenburg was founded in 1621 and the new permanent exhibition at Gothenburg City Museum offers a glimpse into the 16th and 17th century. Visitors get to experience the late Medieval town Nya Lödöse (north east of the city centre, where the neighbourhood Gamlestaden is found today) and the founding of Gothenburg and everyday life here. We asked Isa Andersson, Information officer at the museum, to tell us more:

Pendant in silver, found in Nya Lödöse. Photo: Charlotta Gavelin.

What can visitors expect from The Birth of Gothenburg?
–We want visitors to experience what everyday life looked like for the early Gothenburger. We tell the story of how Gothenburg was created through vivid scenes, real-life stories, hundreds of items from our collections and archealogical finds.

In what way does the exhibition stand out from others?
–A large focus is placed on experiences and drama. The exhibition is built up around 17 scenes, carefully curated in collaboration with a dramaturgist and a stage designer. Visitors can for example eavesdrop on construction workers from the 1620s, enter an upper class baroque parlour or visit the poor neighbourhoods in the early Gothenburg.

The exhibition will also show the first and so far only visualisation of what the city looked like back then and the various scenes around the exhibition works a lot with sound effects and voices. The Birth of Gothenburg was created in dialouge with an expert panel made up from young people aged 13-16, which is also one of the main target groups for the exhibition that opens up on March 11.

A museum for everyone – new accessible app

The exhbition is available in four languages: sign language, Swedish, English and braille. It can also be interpreted for visually impaired visitors. This is made possible with a new app that the museum is the first to use. 


See the trailer here

Photo in text: Charlotta Gavelin. (Pendant in silver, found in an old grave in Nya Lödöse.)