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Nuuk bursts of cultural life and history that you can explore at the five museums - The National Museum of Greenland, Nuuk Art Museum, The House of Niels Lynge, The Local Museum of Nuuk and Kittat - a workshop museum about the national costume.
Be Blown away by the History and Culture
The history of the Greenlandic nation is complicated web of people immigrating and developing to life in the Arctic. Come and meet the first peoples of Greenland - the Saqqaq, Independence and Dorsets. Then came the Vikings as Eric the Red settled in Southern Greenland. And off course the ancestors to the current Greenlanders - the Thule People that came with the iconic tools and transport like the Umiaq (Womens Boat), dog sledges and kayaks.
At the National Museum of Greenland you can get an extraordinary look into the history of Greenland through 7 permanent exhibitions. It will take you on a journey of 4500 years through time from the first immigrants to today's society.
The History of Nuuk
Dive into Nuuk's history at the local museum - Nuutoqaq. It's picturesque location in the Colonial Harbour underlines the permanent exhibition that guides you from Nuuk as a settlement and the development into the capital it is today.
Combine it with a visit at the house of the Greenlandic artist Niels Lynge. His house stands todays as the original upper-class 50's home did - complete with his art painted directly on the walls. Book your visit through Nuuk Local Museum.
If this it not enough the history buff - you should consider going on a guided tour through the city.
Art and art history
Nuuk Art Museum is also a must-see when visiting Nuuk. The museum in it self is build in an old church that has been modernized. To this day it's 600 square metres are covered with over 500 pieces of Greenlandic art - ranging from from historical artists like Emmanuel A. Pedersen and Harald Moltke to contemporary artists as Anne Birthe Hove, Miki Jacobsen and Buuti Pedersen.
This covers the just the permanent exhibition. The museum is also proud of the temporary and traveling exhibitions that are usually kick-off with meet'n'greet opening event.
Greenland is world famous for it's colourful and iconic national costumes - and you have a rich opportunity to see the detailed craftmanship up close at the écono museum Kittat. Here you can get a vast introduction to the colour scheme, materials and off course the bead-collars with unique and personalised patterns.