Moving The Green Museum
More than 23 000 objects were transported when the former Danish Hunting and Forestry Museum moved its collections from Copenhagen to Auning. The move included everything from 40-metre-long tree trunks to 9-tonne forestry machines.
In January 2017, the decision was made to merge the old Hunting and Forestry Museum in Hørsholm with the Agricultural Museum in Auning. The result was The Green Museum, a place where visitors can gain insight into the role hunting, the forest and agriculture has played throughout history. All under one roof.
Tree trunks, polar bears and aurochs
The collections contain many objects that require great knowledge of transportation and installation. Among the thousands of objects transported were large tree trunks, old agricultural and forestry equipment, plants, paintings and several stuffed animals. Many of the objects weigh several tonnes, while the majority of old objects must be handled with the utmost care.
There are 23 000 objects that need to be moved and it’s not like packing and moving a removal box. There are 40-metre-long tree trunks, polar bears and aurochs,
Transportation partner with great expertise
In advance of the move, The Green Museum contacted a number of different logistics suppliers,
but in the end the decision was made to go with MTAB.
We had not worked with MTAB previously, but had heard lots of positive things about them from other museums in Denmark. From talking to MTAB, we felt they really understood what our needs were and have the all-round expertise needed to handle special logistics,
MTAB visited both Copenhagen and Auning for an initial inspection of the objects and the conditions on site. The museums’ own staff were responsible for packaging, but as some objects required special packaging, MTAB also provided transport boxes produced by the company.
All according to plan
The move required thorough planning and very careful coordination.
Moving a museum is a great challenge, especially when the collections consist of so many different objects. With the expertise of both our Fine Art department and our High Tech department, both art objects and machines were in safe hands,
In total, more than 60 loads were moved in MTAB’s climate-controlled art vehicles. The move was carried out without any issues and all objects were delivered to the museum in the same condition.
MTAB deserves a massive thank you for their work. It has really been a good collaboration, with clear communication and a high level of service. MTAB has demonstrated great flexibility and adapted to changes over the course of the project. What was agreed was delivered,
History leads the way to the future
The Green Museum is now busy extending and renovating its premises ahead of reopening in spring 2020. Peter Bavnshøj is look forward to presenting several new exhibitions and says that the first exhibition will provide a perspective on the development of agriculture and forestry from the Second World War up until the present day.
-The exhibitions will be modernised, we are running a number of development projects and are working on things like animations and digital technology to make the experience even more instructive and interactive. We are a museum that has a lot to tell you, not just about the land and forest, but about the interaction between humans and mother earth. Historical knowledge that can provide us with many perspectives for the future, says Peter.