Workers’ Assembly Halls (Denmark)


Workers’ Assembly Halls (Denmark) is part of the Tentative list of Denmark in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

The Workers’ Assembly Halls are a proposed serial transnational nomination that represents the international democratic labour movement from 1850-1950. In Denmark, the component consists of The Workers’ Assembly Hall in Copenhagen. It dates from 1879 and the multifunctional space now houses The Workers Museum.

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Philipp Peterer

Switzerland - 12-Mar-24 -

Workers’ Assembly Halls (Denmark) (T) by Philipp Peterer

After I had an outside view of the Worker’s Assembly Hall in Buenos Aires, I got the opportunity to visit the building with the same purpose in Copenhagen.

The Danish Worker’s Assembly Hall is now part of the Workers Museum. It’s just 3 minutes walking from Norreport metro station and open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

While, unlike in Argentina, the building is unremarkable from the outside, with an entry to the museum you get access to the actual assembly hall with its impressive banquet hall. As it seems to be custom in Denmark, you first pay a high entry fee (around 17 EUR) and then just walk in without anyone ever checking your ticket. The museum itself is very nice, but the only explanation in English you will find is within the banquet hall and the temporary exhibition in the basement. All other information is Danish only.  

The Assembly Hall in Copenhagen was the first in Europe, inaugurated in 1879. It was financed and erected by the Danish labour movement. It included offices and meeting rooms, which are now used as museum exhibition rooms, and the banquet hall. The building is a museum since 1983. The banquet hall is likely the only room that justifies UOV. It was renovated in 2021 and is decorated with wood carvings of traditional professions and a big mural.

I still think these buildings represent a significant stage in human history and deserve their spot on the list, as without the worker’s movements around the world we would work 6 days a week with no vacation and would all not be able to follow our wonderful hobby.

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Workers’ Assembly Halls (Denmark)
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Structure - Civic and Public Works
2023 Added to Tentative List

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Workers’ Assembly Halls (Denmark): The Workers’ Assembly Hall in Copenhagen (T)
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