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Jugendstilsenteret and Kunstmuseet Kube
Ranked #7 of 74 things to do in Alesund
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Owner description: Jugendstilsenteret is located in the old Swan Pharmacy from 1907 and is both a museum and a national centre of Art Nouveau. The catastrophic fire of 1904 left the town of Ålesund in ashes. The rebuilding created one of Europe’s most characteristic architectural environments in the Art Nouveau style. Jugendstilsenteret offers insight into this style by means of authentic interiors and objects as well as temporary exhibitions. We also work with documentation, education and consulting. KUBE is the art museum in the county of Møre og Romsdal and is located in the former branch office building of Norges Bank (1906) in central Ålesund. Through a diverse programme of exhibitions and public activities, the museum aims to promote interest in and knowledge of visual arts, applied art, design and architecture. KUBE develops and manages an art collection focused on artworks and artists with connections to the region. To enter the museum shop and café you don't need a ticket .
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is relatively small, entered through a recreation of an early 1900 pharmacy. Having paid our entrance fee of £8.50 and lodged our back packs in the downstairs lockers we proceeded to explore.

The museum is linked via an underground tunnel to something called Kube, personally don’t bother, unless your into installation art.

However, we quickly returned to the area we were most interested in - the AV show and Art Nouveau house. The AV show about the 1904 fire is cunningly disguised as a time machine but was strangely unavailable for the next 1.30 hour. When quizzed a member of staff said it was a private party. In fact it appeared to be for the expensive walking tours who demanded no waiting time. This was shortly followed by the cafe being closed for an apparently similar private party. Disappointed we moved on.

We enjoyed what was left of the house but would have preferred to have been told that parts of the museum would be off limits before we had paid! Of course we could have returned later but on a tight timeline we couldn’t.

Thank FADEC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best preserved art nouveau interior- sinuous staircase, dining room, displays of textiles, ceramics, furniture, posters. We watched the 14 minute multimedia story of the rebuilding of Alesund after the great fire. Must visit the museum shop and see the interior setting. The entrance ticketalso includes entry to Kube, situated just next door. See the art collection and multimedia presentations on arts, craft, design and architecture.

1  Thank GAN L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The house and furniture are well preserved and showcased. The movie on the Art Nouveau movement across Europe is very good in offering an historical and international representation of the movement. The movie is made of footage from the early 20th century which has great historical value but might be more difficult to follow for today's viewers. In the basement, the time machine and "movies" on the Alesund fire offer explanations on the fire and re-building that followed. These use more modern animation and are suitable for a younger or less patient audience. We also enjoyed the Kube visit, which is completely unrelated and presents contemporary creations. Overall, it is a great museum to understand the recent history of Alesund and its architectural style... with a contemporary art bonus!

1  Thank FloMinnesota
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Price includes both parts of exhibitions but would have preferred a price option for each part . Not sure what time machine had to do with Art Nouveau but was interesting to see how the town had to be rebuilt
I agree the place not that anglo friendly on signage but one of the attendants did show us round .Some lovely pieces but would have liked to see more paintings

1  Thank havenhunters
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Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile

As a lover of Art Nouveau I immediately wanted to visit here. We paid entry which got us access to a modern art gallery connected through the basement which I loved. The Art Nouveau collection was great and there was an exhibition of the local architects which was great too.

I thought the modern art gallery was great I had sent thought provoking pieces and was totally unpretentious.

2  Thank Markus V
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