Hälsinglands Museum

Hälsinglands Museum

The Museum of Hälsingland can be found in the middle of Hudiksval, Sweden in a former bank that was converted into a museum in 1937. Both cultural, historical, and art-oriented exhibitions can take place in the museum.

The Hälsinglands Museum is working to offer people and society different tools for interpreting and managing historical and contemporary events. The county’s cultural environments are a common source of experience and knowledge. The museum has large collections of medieval church art and objects of splendor from the region’s peasant culture, an extensive textile collection, and a significant collection of popular, interior wall painting.

In Hälsingland there are a number of medieval churches, which are the oldest buildings in the area still in use. The churches in Hög, Hälsingtuna, Tröno, Söderala and Bollnäs provide a fantastic insight into medieval culture and church art. During the Middle Ages, the congregations in places like Forsa and Bollnäs could afford to decorate magnificent decorations in paintings and sculptures for their churches. Many works by Haaken Gulleson and other medieval painters and carpenters are still preserved in the church. .

The art collection contains most of the cubist John Sten’s artworks  while it holds important hits nationally and regionally from the 18th century until today. The museum’s image archive contains photographs from nearby rural landscapes and a larger portrait collection. A special part of the image archive consists of the Hilding Mickelsson collection of about 150,000 photographs that constitute an invaluable documentation of the landscape’s culture and nature.

The Hälsingland Museum’s various projects cover the entire breadth of their business, from medieval church sculpture to contemporary integration debate and climate issues. The projects combine exhibitions, pedagogy, lectures and seminars, activities that highlight current social issues and lay the groundwork for broad collaborations with various community actors. Project work is one of the most important and dynamic areas of contact between the museum and the community, making important contributions to the social debate and revitalising the museum’s efforts and own work.

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