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Europes first Camping Outdoor Museum

Press release

25 April 2021

On 1 May 2021, The Danish Camping Union (DCU) officially opened Europe’s first Camping Outdoor Museum at Egeskov Castle in South Fyn, Denmark.

The new Camping Outdoor Museum gives visitors the chance to enjoy a close-up look at everything that makes up camping and outdoor life – and has done for decades. From the early days of camping in small, draughty cotton tents, through retro-idyll in caravans in the 1960s, to ultra-modern glamping and the story of outdoor life for adventurous souls today.

Come along on a journey through time
The 2,000 m2 museum invites visitors to take a trip back through time to experience how Danes have gone on holiday over the years – and find out how they will do so in the future. The Camping Outdoor Museum is sure to call up some holiday memories, provide inspiration for the next walking or cycling holiday and present insights into new trends in outdoor living.

The exhibition comprises an impressive collection of large and small artefacts that have been donated or loaned to the museum by members of the general public and by manufacturers of equipment for camping and outdoor living. Some of the items carry a lifetime of memories with them and most people are sure to recognise them. Others represent the state-of-the-art in the world of outdoor living today and have not yet achieved widespread recognition.

The underlying concept behind the Camping Outdoor Museum is to present 60% past, 20% present and 20% future. The exhibition is built up as a series of settings, each telling the story of a time, a theme and an atmosphere. The layout is based on the traditional elements of air, earth, fire and water. Some of the items on display are designed for soaring through the skies, while others are much more down to earth. Some items have been made for preparing food over an open fire, while still others are intended for skimming across the waves.

Find your quiet space
Now more than ever, we all need a quiet space away from the hustle and bustle of modern life; a place where we can enjoy the moment, soak up the calm and enjoy the natural closeness that inevitably arises when we are together outdoors. This is where we “recharge our batteries”, filling up with new energy to return to the rigours of everyday life.

The Danish Camping Union and Egeskov hope that when visitors leave the new Camping Outdoor Museum, they will be brim full of ideas and inspiration – and longing to head off on new adventures in the great outdoors.

For additional information, please contact:
Anne-Vibeke Hansen, Chairman of the Danish Camping Union, tel. +45 4030 0604 / email: anne-vibeke@dcu.dk

Henrik Neelmeyer, Director at Egeskov, tel. +45 2080 9024 / email: hne@egeskov.dk

Photos are availeble at Flickr here


Find out more: egeskov.dk/campingoutdoormuseum
Visit: The Camping Outdoor Museum, every day during Egeskov’s normal opening hours.
Place: Egeskov Castle, Egeskov Gade 18, DK-5772 Kværndrup
Tickets: online from egeskov.dk – tickets grant admission to all attractions at Egeskov.

Located on the island of Fyn, Egeskov is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Denmark. It is famous for its beautiful castle, prize-winning gardens, magnificent exhibitions of vintage vehicles, aircraft and more. It is also home to one of the largest playgrounds in the country. Egeskov presents wonderful experiences for all the family, whatever their interests. Count Michael Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille owns Egeskov and lives in the castle with his family.


Danish Camping Union
Founded in 1926, the Danish Camping Union, which runs the Camping Outdoor Museum at Egeskov, is the largest stakeholder organisation in Denmark for camping enthusiasts. Today, the union runs 20 campsites located all over Denmark and works to improve camping conditions for its 50,000 or so member families, as well as to provide a host of benefits for them in connection with their camping and outdoor activities.